In goal, Michael Langer, who arrived from Swedish first-division outfit IFK Norrköping this summer, made his S04 debut. Domenico Tedesco had to do without eight Royal Blues who are currently away on international duty. Therefore, Nick Taitague and Tobias Fleckstein from the U19s were included in the starting XI, as well as Breel Embolo, who racked up more vital minutes after a long spell on the sidelines with injury. Alessandro Schöpf was bought on at the start of the second half.
Coke nets a brace, Meyer impresses
Schalke were positive from the off, but initially failed to create many clear-cut chances. However, in the 28th minute, Coke put the Royal Blues ahead, heading in a Taitague cross from the left. 120 second later, the Spaniard was at it again. Carelessness in the opposition defence meant the ball arrived to him on the right-hand side of the six-yard box. Coke kept his composure and finished neatly past Radoslaw Libera. Max Meyer then scored an impressive goal to make it 3-0 on the stroke of half time.
Embolo cool in front of goal
Four minutes after the change of ends, Embolo netted the fourth goal of the night. It was the Swiss’ first goal after an almost ten-month injury layoff. Meyer was the man that assisted his strike from 14 yards out. In the 57th minute, Embolo bagged another. A nice move saw Johannes Geis find Alessandro Schöpf, who in turn found Fabian Reese, before the ball came to the Swiss striker, who lobed the ball over the ‘keeper.
A little later, Meyer made it half a dozen to the Royal Blues with a header (64’). 180 seconds later, Bastian Oczipka got his name on the scoresheet. The substitute sent the ball into the near post with a left-footed strike from the left-hand side of the box. In the final stages, Meyer struck twice more. The first was a header from a Coke cross (84’), the second an effort from 10 yards. 9-0 is how the match finished.
The losers leave the pitch happy
Despite the defeat, the hosts left the field with smiles on their faces. The result of this encounter was not in the foreground on this occasion due to the clubs’ current financial situation. The game may turn out to be a decisive factor in saving FC Gütersloh.