BUNDESLIGA OCTOBER 28, 2017: SCHALKE 04 1 WOLFSBURG 1
FC Schalke 04 missed the chance to get their fourth win in a row by a hair’s breadth. Schalke were 1-0 up after Nabil Bentaleb’s penalty just before half-time and retained that lead until the 93rd minute. Divock Origi scored in the dying seconds to make the final score 1-1.
There was no place in the Schalke squad for Leon Goretzka. The Germany international missed out due to a muscle strain. There were two changes to the starting XI. Daniel Caligiuri and Amine Harit returned to the starting XI after missing out in the DFB-Pokal win in place of Coke and Yevhan Konoplyanka.
Bentaleb scores from the spot
As has taken place in most games featuring the Royal Blues of late, Schalke dominated possession and didn’t let Wolfsburg out of their own half. The first big chance fell to Franco di Santo who headed an effort with pace towards the top corner but Koen Casteels pulled off a wonder save to tip the ball over the crossbar. Casteels was called into action once again as Amine Harit’s shot was tipped onto the post.
Schalke kept Wolfsburg away from their own goal and pushed for an opener. It finally came in the shape of a penalty. After consultation with the video referee, the referee decided that Thilo Kehrer was fouled in the penalty area following a Bastian Oczipka penalty. Nabil Bentaleb took the resulting spot-kick and converted it shortly before half-time.
Unfortunate equaliser in added time
It was almost already seen in the second half, after consulting the refereed video, the referee decided that Naldo had fouled Yannick Gerhardt in the same penalty area as before. However, there was one key difference. Unlike Nabil Bentaleb, Mario Gomez was unable to cover his spot kick which flew over the bar.
A few moments later, Bastian Oczipka almost doubled Schalke's lead. His free-kick left the goalkeeper Wolfsburg, Koen Casteels, rooted to the spot but the strike of the post. The visitors came into the game more and more. Maximilian Arnold forced a solid save from Ralf Fährmann and the last 15 minutes of the game were both end-to-end and tense in equal measure. The recently substituted Fabian Reese and Yevhen Konoplyanka both squandered opportunities for the game for Schalke and the Royal Blues. Deep into additional time, VfL Wolfsburg got an equalizer. Divock Origi got a toe on Mario Gomez's flick on after a long ball forwards and steered the ball past Ralf Fährmann who was powerless to stopping the ball from trickling over the line.
You could almost touch the three points before they were snatched away from them. Whether the draw was fair enough is debatable but regardless of the point will be shared. It's the sixth consecutive draw for Wolfsburg under Martin Schmidt.
After two games at the Veltins Arena, Schalke now at Freiburg where they will take on SC Freiburg at 15:30 CET on Saturday 4th October.