Schalke squandered the chance to break into the top three of the Bundesliga 2 and had to come from behind to score a point at home to Holstein Kiel, with Simon Terrode on target for the hosts after Alexander’s stunning opener Mühling.
Schalke 1-1 Kiel
Goals: 0-1 Mühling (67′), 1-1 Terrode (73′)
It took just five minutes for the hosts to see the ball ricochet first off Simon Terrode’s return and then off Kiel’s crossbar as Schalke made a blistering start to the proceedings. Looking for a win that would lift them into the top three, Rodrigo Zalazar was Schalke’s chief string puller early on and his break from midfield in the 15th minute sparked a superb flowing move that wasn’t denied only the goal he deserved by excellent intervention from Hauke Wahl. The Royal Blues were lucky to enter the break level, thanks to Mikkel Kirkeskov’s magnificent free-kick on the stroke of half-time which caught Martin Fraisl off guard. The Schalke goalkeeper was able to simply spin the ball around the post, thanks to his diving save.
The second half started off much the same, with Schalke enjoying most of possession and showing the bigger attacking goal, but struggling to break down a resolute away side that looked to counter attacks and counters. set pieces to carve out openings. . Alexander Mühling collected the ball on the edge of Schalke’s box before clipping the ball on the half-volley with the outside of his boot, bending it past Fraisl and into the top corner. Schalke’s response was immediate and it was Terrode, on his first appearance since Matchday 15, who restored parity by returning the ball deep from Victor Palsson. Fraisl and his counterpart Thomas Dähne made late saves and neither would be beaten again as both teams had to settle for a draw.
- Terrode has scored in each of his two previous league outings, although there have been 441 minutes of football between those two goals.
- His final strike was Terrode’s 13th in the league this season.
- Salif Sane made his first start for Schalke since Matchday 34 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season in May last year.
- Marius Lode made his Schalke debut as a 69th-minute substitute.
- It was only the second competitive meeting between these two teams. Schalke won the reverse 3-0 earlier in the campaign.
- Kiel have only won eight out of a possible 27 points on the road this season (W1, D5, L3)
Schalke: Fraisl – Thiaw, Itakura, Sane (Lode 69′) – Palsson (c) (Flick 85′) – Ranftl, Zalazar (Latza 85′), Idrizi, Ouwejan – Churlinov, Terrode
Unused subtitles: Fährmann, Bülter, Drexler, Matriciani, Mikhailov, Vindheim
Outside: Aydin (hamstrings), Drexler (muscular), Kaminski (not included), Langer (knee), Latza (knee)
Coach: Dimitrios Grammozis
Kiel: Dähne – Wahl, Thesker, Komenda (Erras 72′) – Sterner (Korb 72′), Mühling (c), Porath, Sander (Benger 78′), Kirkeskov – Bartels, Pichler (Mees 88′)
Unused subtitles: Gelios, Ignzhovsky, Carrera, Koulis, Arslan
Outside: Arp (not included), Awuku (knee), Holtby (not included), Neumann (not included), Reese (not included)
Coach: Marcel Rapp
Report of the 19th day
Dynamo Dresden 1-1 HSV
Goals: 0-1 Glatzel (37′), 1-1 Daferner (61′)
The Second Division kicked off with a double header on Friday night and it took just 37 minutes for HSV talisman Robert Glatzel to add to his nine Hinrunde goals with a stunning 10th league strike of the season. Glatzel fired narrowly wide early in the second half and the visitors held their lead until the hour mark, but eventually gave up the three points. Dresden equalized through their own top scorer, with Cristoph Daferner heading home from Julius Kade’s cross at the far post to secure a share of the points.
Hansa Rostock 0-1 Hannover
Goals: 0-1 Maina (58′)
In the second of Friday night’s two games that marked the start of the Bundesliga 2 Rückrunde, Hansa Rostock were beaten at home by Hannover to push the visitors three points clear of their hosts. Hanover had won two out of three before the winter break and they took three out of four thanks to a superb effort from Linton Maina in the second half. Breaking down the left wing, Maina cut inside before unleashing a precise, curling finish into the far corner which Markus Kolke in the Hansa goal had no chance of stopping. It was the 22-year-old’s fourth goal of the campaign and it was enough to give Hanover some respite between them and their hosts as the two look to avoid the drop.
St. Pauli 2-2 Erzgebirge Aue
Goals: 0-1 Zolinsky (17′), 1-1 Doctor (30′), 1-2 Trujic (72′), 2-2 Amenyido (90′)
Sitting in first place at the start of the weekend, St. Pauli were looking to reassert their league-leading status against an Erzgebirge Aue side sitting in the bottom two. It was the visitors who took the lead, however, and they twice led by goals first Ben Zolinski and then Nikola Truji, with Jakov Medic sandwiching those efforts with an equalizer from Pauli. It looked like Erzebirge would rack up all three points and leave the automatic relegation places, until the hosts nabbed a dramatic leveler. Etienne Amenyido was the hero, popping up in the 90th minute to score a point for his side.
Nürnberg 1-2 Paderborn
Goals: 0-1 Michael (41′), 0-2 Platter (44′), 1-2 Moller Daehli (60′)
Paderborn had gone five games without a win (D3, L2) before their first outing in 2022, but they stopped that poor form against a Nuremberg side they are now skipping as the battle for promotion intensifies even further. Sven Michel’s 14th goal of the season – which puts him level with Guido Burgstaller as the league’s top scorer – gave Paderborn the lead in the 41st minute and when Felix Platte found the back of the net three minutes later, the visitors had assured that they went to the break with a two-goal lead. Mats Moller Daehli withdrew one on the hour mark but that was only a consolation.
Werder Bremen 3-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Goals: 1-0 Fullkrug (66′), 2-0 Ducksch (80′), 3-0 Fullkrug (87′)
Red card: Peterson (58′)
It may have taken almost an hour, but this game came to life late as Werder picked up a win in their promotion bid. Unfortunately for the visitors, it was Kristoffer Peterson’s direct red card in the 58th minute that turned the game upside down and ultimately led Bremen to take all three points. Just eight minutes after Peterson’s dismissal, Niclas Füllkrug had Werder in front with his header from close range and by the time Marvin Ducksch struck home with 10 minutes remaining the game was almost decided. There was still time for Füllkrug to clinch their second of the game as Werder started the new year with a victory that puts them firmly in the hunt for promotion.
Look: Werder Bremen 3-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf
Darmstadt 2-2 Karlsruhe
Goals: 0-1 Gjasula and (22′), 1-1 Gjasula (48′), 2-1 Holland (51′), 2-2 Schleusener (71′)
With St. Pauli dropping points earlier on Saturday, Darmstadt knew they would take the lead with a win over Karlsruhe. Those hopes were quickly dampened when Klaus Gjasula put in his own net midway through the first half, but the 32-year-old made amends shortly after the break by bringing his side level by planting Tobias’ corner Kempe into the back of the net with a fine header. Fabian Holland had Darmstadt in the lead and headed for first place, three minutes later, but the visitors would deny their hosts first place as Fabian Schleusener came home with 20 minutes to play. The result means Darmstadt stays in second place, while Karlsruhe remains ninth.
Heidenheim 2-1 Ingolstadt
Goals: 1-0 Leipzig (30′), 1-1 Gebauer (47′), 2-1 Mohr (51′)
Seeking to close the gap to the leaders where Heidenheim against a deep-rooted Ingolstadt side at the start of 2022. Things formed on the half hour mark, with Heidenheim taking the lead in style thanks to Robert Leipertz’ super header . Jonas Föhrenbach’s cross from the left was slightly behind the former Ingolstadt man, but Leipertz still managed to head a perfect finish into the far corner to make it 1-0. The visitors were level shortly after the break thanks to an effort from Christian Gebauer who somehow slipped into Kevin Müller’s near post, but Heidenheim regained their lead within minutes thanks to Tobias Mohr. It was enough to claim all three points and move Heidenheim into third.
Sandhausen 0-3 Jahn Regensburg
Goals: 0-1 Breitkreuz (11′), 0-2 Guwara (33′), 0-3 Boukhalfa (52′)
Regensburg needed just 11 minutes to find the breakthrough in Sandhausen, with Steve Breitkreuz scoring his third league goal of the campaign to give his side an early advantage. They entered the break two goals clear as Leon Guwara’s strike capped off a wonderful team move. Sarpreet Singh started it all, passing the ball from right to left and finding Erik Wekesser who, in turn, put it down on a plate for Guwara to come forward to shoot home. Regensburg was soon three goals down after the interval, Carlo Boukhalfa this time the man on the scoresheet to wrap up a comfortable away win.