With a half-time approach: Schalke dismantled bottom team Osnabrück

As of: December 1st, 2023 9:29 p.m

In the basement duel of the 2nd Bundesliga, FC Schalke 04 achieved a 4-0 (1-0) mandatory win against bottom team VfL Osnabrück. Things looked bad at times in the first half, but it was only after a long run that the “Royal Blues” freed themselves.

A football festival was not to be expected given the starting situation: the bottom team in the table played against the team that had previously been third from bottom – and the professionals strictly stuck to the script. There was hardly any warming action in the entire first round; at times the game was close to the poverty line.

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In keeping with the general chaos, Schalke’s opening goal came in the 20th minute: After a corner from Paul Seguin, Marcin Kaminski missed a good header chance, but with his indisposition he irritated Osnabrück’s defender Niklas Wiemann, from whose head the ball bounced into his own goal – Keeper Lennart Grill also joined the chain of breakdowns in this scene by hesitantly running out.

Nesrin Elnabolsy, sports show, December 1st, 2023 8:45 p.m

Significant improvement in the second round

In stoppage time in the first half, Simon Terodde missed a great chance to make it 2-0 after a cross from Murkin, but it didn’t take long for the preliminary decision to be made after the restart. Newly promoted Osnabrück continued to act like a third division team – offensively and defensively.

A strong Schalke counterattack once again caught VfL defender Wiemann on the wrong foot, Seguin finished from a half-right position and hit the goal with precision into the left corner (48th minute).

Nesrin Elnabolsy, sports show, December 1st, 2023 9:01 p.m

The ball is finally running at Schalke

The 2-0 had an impact on both sides. Even after that, it wasn’t exactly a fireworks display of good football spirit, but at least Schalke’s ball was running smoothly through more than two stations. Osnabrück had a few offensive approaches through former Bayern professional Mickael Cuisance alone, but the Osnabrück team were just as far away from the connecting goal as they were from a non-relegation zone.

Instead, the hosts made everything clear: Unlucky Wiedmann was once again involved in the 3-0 win; referee Tom Bauer initially overlooked his kick against Terodde, but after a short video study he awarded a penalty and Terodde converted himself (63′).

Nesrin Elnabolsy, sports show, December 1st, 2023 9:07 p.m

Osnabrück’s Kleinhansl with the next own goal

In keeping with this wasted evening for Osnabrück, the 0:4 also came with an own goal: Florian Kleinhansl put the ball into his own net after Schalke striker Kenan Karaman had irritated him a little (70th). The best news for Osnabrück was that things didn’t get any worse afterwards, but Tobias Mohr missed a great chance to make it 5-0 in the 80th minute.

Osnabrück welcomes St. Pauli, Schalke in Rostock

VfL Osnabrück will be challenged at home against FC St. Pauli next matchday (Saturday, December 9th, 2023 at 8:30 p.m.). Schalke 04 will face Hansa Rostock away a day later (1:30 p.m.).