New signing Amine Harit made his debut in Schalke colours in front of a crowd of 8,017. The Frenchman came on in the second half. Bastian Oczipka only signed his contract with Schalke shortly before kickoff and was for that reason not involved in the game. The left-back, who joined from Frankfurt, watched his teammates from the stands in the Benteler Arena.
The Royals wasted no time in making their intentions of scoring clear, but it was actually Paderborn that had the first chance of the game when Sven Michel hit the side-netting three minutes in. Not 120 seconds later, Franco Di Santo put the ball in the back of the net at the other end, but turned to see the linesman flagging for offside. Yevhen Konoplyanka scored the game’s only goal after some fine work from Di Santo which allowed the Ukrainian winger to finish from close range to make it 1-0.
The hosts, who open their season 3. Liga by playing Halleschen FC in a matter of weeks, continued to put pressure on Schalke and continued to create chances as a result. Ralf Fährmann was kept busy by shots from Sven Michel (32’) and Dennis Srbeny (36’), but needed some help from centre-back Naldo who cleared the ball just before it crossed the line. Srbeny had another good chance seconds before the half, but couldn’t make anything of it.
Paderborn: Ratajczak (46. Zingerle) - Vucinovic (82. Herzenbruch), Boeder, Strohdiek, Bertels (82. Mauer) - Wimmer (62. Zolinski), Antwi-Adjej (62. Soyak), Wassey (70. Piossek), Krauße - Srbeny, Michel (70. Geurts)
Schalke: Fährmann (46. Nübel) - Insua (59. McKennie), Naldo (59. Geis), Nastasic (59. Hemmerich) - Caligiuri (59. Tekpetey), Stambouli (59. Bentaleb), Coke (59. Reese), Uchida - Burgstaller (59. Harit), Di Santo (59. Wright), Konoplyanka (59. Sam)
Goals: 0-1 Konoplyanka (20.)
The 3. Liga outfit were not going down without a fight, as Michel once more had a shot in the 53rd minute. The second half was quiet overall in comparison to the numerous shots both sides had in the opening 45 minutes. Domenico Tedesco made the decisions to make nine changes to his side after about an hour of play, after bringing on Alexander Nübel in place of Fährmann to take over the goalkeeping duties. Only Atsuto Uchida, who moved back a position, started the game and remained on the field throughout the game.
The score remained 1-0 to the Royals when the whistle for full time was blown. Although the substitutes played well, they failed to double Schalke’s lead, with Bernard Tekpetey coming closest to doing so just seconds before the whistle for full time. The Ghanaian, who replaced Caligiuri, could only find the side-netting from 15 metres out.
Schalke’s next game comes against Besiktas in China, on Wednesday, July 19th. The battle with the Turkish League winners is one of the two friendlies they will play there, with the other game coming against Italian Serie A side Inter Milan on Friday, July 21st. The boys in blue travel to China on Sunday, July 16th.