Weak performance by the Royal Blues: Desolate first half – Schalke clearly loses to Magdeburg

As of: February 24, 2024 10:23 p.m

After a remarkably weak performance, especially in the first half, FC Schalke 04 clearly lost their second division away game in Magdeburg on Saturday evening (February 24, 2024).

The goals for Magdeburg in the 3-0 win were scored by Silas Gnaka (17th minute), Mo El Hankouri (35th) and Tatsuya Ito (45th + 2). Schalke, who lost on their own for the third time in a row, improved after the break but failed to capitalize on their chances.

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Magdeburg fiercely determined

Before the game, only one point separated the two teams in the table, but initially only the FCM appeared determined. Gnaka took advantage of the first opportunity to take the lead, putting a damper on the guests – and the second followed shortly afterwards. Cedric Brunner hit Ito with his hand in the face, referee Christian Dingert decided on a penalty after viewing the video images. El Hankouri didn’t miss the opportunity and shortly before the break he made it 3-0 through Ito.

In the second half, Magdeburg took things a little slower. Goalkeeper Dominik Reimann was now challenged more often, but the hosts survived Schalke’s first phase of pressure after the break.