S04 draw 1-1 with Crystal Palace

Schalke have completed their pre-season preparations without losing a single game after drawing 1-1 away at Crystal Palace. Pablo Insua headed Schalke in front before Christian Benteke equalised for the Eagles in the second half.

The Royal Blues were without Yevhnen Konoplyanka in London as well as Matija Nastasic, who has come down with a stomach bug. Alessandro Schöpf and Breel Embolo are continuing their recoveries from injury. 

The match at Selhurst Park started pretty evenly. Andros Townsend looked dangerous for the home side with his pace but he found his master in Ralf Fährmann time and again. The Blue-Whites eased into the game more and more and combined brilliantly in the opposition box. Schalke finally broke the deadlock with just two minutes remaining until half-time. Bastian Oczipka crossed superbly to Pablo Insua, who kept his cool and fired into the corner.

Schalke picked up where they left off in the second half and created a number of dangerous opportunities but both Nabil Bentabel and Guido Burgstaller just could not get that stroke of luck they needed with their efforts. The Premier League side barely threatened but they then found an equaliser out of almost nothing. Fährmann was not able to hold a Wilfred Zaha cross and the rebound landed at the feet of Christian Benteke, who made no mistake. That gave the English club momentum and both teams strived for a winner, but could not convert. 

The result means Schalke remain unbeaten in pre-season, a great record to head into their first competitive game of the season on Monday, 14th August, when they face BFC Dynamo in the first round of the DFB Cup.