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Lance Knight2010-05-09 22:35:23 +0000 #1
Saturday, April 30, 2005

Schalke 04 3-3 Bayer Leverkusen: FT Report


GELSENKIRCHEN, April 30 (Bundesliga) - Schalke's slim hopes of lifting the Bundesliga title came to an end on Saturday with a draw against 10-man Bayer Leverkusen proving too little in their attempts to catch leaders Bayern Munich.

Schalke needed a victory to keep alive any hopes of closing the gap on Bayern, but a point, coupled with Munich's 4-0 win at Kaiserslautern, has left the Gelsenkirchen outfit 11 points adrift and unable to catch the pacesetters with just three matches left.

It was an entertaining spectacle for the AufSchalke Arena crowd, with the home side battling back from Paul Freier's early opener for Bayer with a Lincoln double and Ebbe Sand's strike handing them a 3-1 lead at the interval.

However, Schalke fell apart in the second half as Dimitar Berbatov and Andrej Voronin pulled the visitors level, and although Roque Junior's dismissal brought an end to Bayer's scoring, the home side were unable to find the necessary winner.

Despite a promising start to the match, Schalke surprisingly found themselves a goal behind after 23 minutes with Freier turning home a Bernd Schneider free-kick from 12 yards.

Yet the home side quickly recovered and just seven minutes later Lincoln impressively curled in a 25-yard free-kick to bring Schalke back into the match.

The Brazilian striker was proving problematic for the Leverkusen side and after 37 minutes he grabbed his second goal, once more judging a free-kick to perfection to leave keeper Hans Jorg Butt standing.

The chances kept coming for Schalke and within four minutes Sand made it 3-1 for the hosts, the Danish striker sweeping home a cross from Gerald Asamoah.

The interval could not come soon enough for Leverkusen and, with coach Klaus Augenthaler's words still ringing in their ears, the visitors began to fight back in the second half.

Berbatov was somewhat fortunate to find the back of the net after 56 minutes when his weak 15-yard shot took a deflection off Dario Rodriguez past Christopher Heimeroth in the Schalke goal.

And eight minutes later, Rodriguez's afternoon took another turn for the worst when he failed to pick up Carsten Ramelow's through-ball allowing Voronin to sweep home Leverkusen's equaliser.

The comeback was abruptly ended after 66 minutes when Roque Junior was giving his marching orders for a challenge on Sand, but the fight seemed to have gone out of Schalke as the side finally let go their slender grip on the title.

arminius2010-05-09 22:49:56 +0000 #2
Disapointing end to the season for schalke, at least in terms of the title race, but if they can hang on to the 2nd champions league spot and win the cup final v bayern it will still be a hugely sucsessful season for them.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 23:21:14 +0000 #3
Saturday, May 7, 2005

Arminia Bielefeld 0-2 Schalke 04: FT Report


BIELEFELD, May 7 (Bundesliga) - Arminia Bielefeld's terrible record in the Westphalen derby continued as an early goal from Lincoln compounded by a late strike from the out-of-favour Ailton was enough to secure Schalke 04 victory.

A win for the hosts would have been only their second in the last two decades and a perfect end to their centenary celebrations which have been taking place this week.

But it was not to be and Ailton went some way to making amends with his club after a week in which he has been in dispute with the coaching staff, coming off the bench to net his 14th goal of the season.

Arminia got off to the worst possible start as Daniel Bogusz brought down Lincoln in the box in only the seventh minute.

The Brazilian picked himself up, kept his cool and slotted home the resulting penalty for his 12th goal of the season.

This proved to be the only highlight of the first half hour and it took until the 35th minute for another decent opportunity.

After a mistake from Matthias Langkamp, Lincoln set up Ebbe Sand who was able to get in a shot from 12 yards in a one on one with the keeper, but the Schalke striker's effort ended just wide.

Arminia finally threatened in the 40th minute only for Mladen Krstajic to clear Ervin Skela's shot from off the line.

The home side continued in a positive vein in the second period and were almost rewarded in the 63rd minute when after a good one-two between Isaac Boakye and Roberto Pinto, the former drew a good save out of Christopher Heimeroth with a shot from 18-yards.

But Schalke always proved threatening and two minutes later a good save from Matthias Hain denied a header from Marcelo Bordon.

The 81st minute saw the introduction of top scorer Ailton for the visitors after the incident last weekend where the temperamental Brazilian refused to warm up for the clash with Bayer Leverkusen, preferring instead to soak up the sun and watch the game instead.

This earned him the nickname of `Lido-Toni' from the Schalke fans and in the 90th minute he finished the game.

On the counter, he made a run and kept his nerve, beating the keeper and Bielefeld simultaneously.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 23:48:18 +0000 #4
i dont think this was a dissappointing season at all, 2nd place maybe not be as great a s 1st, but it is better than nothing as it is a place to play in euorpean competitions next season
Lance Knight2010-05-10 00:03:07 +0000 #5
Saturday, May 14, 2005

Schalke 04 1-2 Borussia Dortmund: FT Report


GELSENKIRCHEN, May 14 (Bundesliga) - Borussia Dortmund sealed a memorable win in the 125th Westphalian derby match as Schalke missed the chance, at least for now, to clinch a Champions League spot.

Sebastian Kehl gave Dortmund a 17th-minute lead, only for Tomasz Waldoch to equalise three minutes later.

Lars Ricken then supplied the winner for Dortmund three minutes before the interval to ensure Schalke went down to their fifth Bundesliga defeat in eight matches - a dreadful run that cost them the chance of the title.

Dortmund have been in better form in recent weeks despite the dreadful financial crisis that threatened their very existence earlier this season.

They took the lead against the run of play as Tomas Rosicky's corner found the head of Kehl, who beat Schalke goalkeeper Christofer Heimeroth to the ball to score from five yards.

Three minutes later and Schalke equalised in similar style. Their Brazilian midfielder Cassio Lincoln played in the corner and it was headed inside the post by Polish defender Waldoch.

Schalke could have taken the lead in the 38th minute when Marcelo Bordon nearly scored from close range with a header, narrowly missing the target, and the goal that would turn out to be the winner came moments later.

Kehl's shot was too powerful for Heimeroth, who only managed to parry, and Ricken pounced on the loose ball to score from seven yards.

In the second period, Schalke went out in search for a draw with Lincoln shooting over the bar from the edge of the box after 55 minutes.

Dortmund could have extended their lead when Florian Kringe worked the ball to Ricken, whose cheeky lob went just above the crossbar.

Another chance fell Lincoln's way after 69 minutes but the Brazilian made a poor connection with his shot from the edge of the box and it went wide.

There was one more chance for Schalke to grab a share of the spoils but another attempt by Lincoln ended with a save from Roman Weidenfeller in the Dortmund goal.

Dortmund move up to seventh with this result but Schalke should secure their Champions League place next week - if they don't then they will only have themselves to blame.
Lance Knight2010-05-09 23:34:56 +0000 #6
Saturday, May 21, 2005

SC Freiburg 2-3 Schalke 04: FT Report


FREIBURG, May 21 (Bundesliga) - Schalke finished the season as Bundesliga runners-up to Bayern Munich and clinched automatic qualification for the Champions League with a 3-2 win over Freiburg at the Badenova Stadion.

Ebbe Sand put the visitors ahead after just six minutes before Alexander Iashvili equalised five minutes later.

Marcelo Bordon put Schalke 2-1 ahead 10 minutes after the interval before Roda Antar restored parity for a second time with 12 minutes remaining, but Bordon struck again with one minute left on the clock to seal the win.

Schalke started strongly and took a deserved lead when Sand unleashed a powerful shot from 20 yards which flew into the bottom right hand corner of Richard Golz's goal.

However, the lead lasted just five minutes. Volker Fink's men responded well and forced an equaliser through Iashvilli, the striker reacting quickest when the ball rebounded off the post following Wilfried Sanou's header.

Freiburg continued to press and nearly took the lead on two separate occasions before half-time, but Samuel Koejoe spurned both opportunities.

The forward first fired wide from six yards out after quarter of an hour and three minutes later, following a misunderstanding between Tomasz Waldoch and Bordon, again misfired from close range when Frank Rost tipped his effort over the crossbar.

Schalke could have taken the lead on the stroke of half-time but Cassio Lincoln's header was easily dealt with by Golz.

Ten minutes after the restart and Ralf Ragnick's men did edge ahead, Bordon heading home from near the penalty spot from Levan Kobiashvili's free-kick.

Both sides created little after that but Freiburg managed to equalise for the second time on 78 minutes when Antar latched on to Zlatan Bajramovic's long ball and finished emphatically from the edge of the box.

However Bordon stole the points a minute from time and claimed his second goal of the game when he headed home Lincoln's centre.

Freiburg finish the season bottom of the league with a run of 15 games without a win.
arminius2010-05-09 23:08:23 +0000 #7
well we got the champions league spot now this weekend we lift the cup....yay.
Lance Knight2010-05-10 01:18:06 +0000 #8
how soo



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