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Bundesliga: Schalke beats Mainz and heads to the top


FC Schalke 04 have won for the third time in a row: Thanks to a late goal by Amine Harit, the Royal Blues scored a 2-1 victory against Mainz.


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The Schalke uptrend continues: Thanks to their third success in a row, S04 moves up to second place in the table. The goals for the hosts were achieved by Suat Serdar (36) and Amine Harit (89). Karim Onisiwo (74.) scored the equalizer.

From the start, a balanced game developed in which Schalke tried to play opportunities to score over the wings. It was dangerous for the first time, however, when Amine Harit made it to the center in the 13th minute: The Moroccan passed the ball to Guido Burgstaller, while Mainz goalkeeper Robin Zentner parried the Schalke striker's shot from close range. However, a goal would not have been counted due to an offside position.

As a result, the Mainz came better in the game. Pierre customer narrowly missed the Schalker goal from a good 16 meters with the guests' first chance (20 minutes). The action was preceded by a corner, which had caused Schalkes with the ball on the foot that evening not always sovereign goalkeeper Alexander Nübel with a stock error.

Serdar suggests Onisiwo counters

The Schalke leadership was the next brainstorm of asset Harit out: After an interface pass of the retired Suat Serdar could close without pressure to make it 1-0 (36). The former Mainz had already scored against Paderborn in the previous week.

After the break, the game remained balanced on average Bundesliga level. Ex-Schalke's Adam Szalai offered the first opportunity to equalize, but could no longer extend a sharp free-kick from Aaron Martín. Joker Karim Onisiwo did better, making up for the shot with a nice shot from the turn (75.). The final point was then again Harit: From the distance of the Moroccan Zentner in the goal of Mainz no chance (89).

The mood in the Veltins Arena was clouded in the first half by an incident in the guest block: Due to a medical emergency, the blocks had stopped the support temporarily. Later FC Schalke announced via Twitter that the person was on his way to the hospital.

Schalke 04 - FSV Mainz 05 2: 1 (1: 0)
Goals: 1: 0 Serdar (36.),
1: 1 Onisiwo (75.),
2: 1 Harit (89.)
Schalke: Nübel - Kenny, Stambouli, Salif Sané, Oczipka - McKennie (76th Nastasic), Mascarell Caligiuri, Serdar (60th Uth), Harit - Burgstaller (81st Kutucu)
Mainz: Zentner - Brosinski, St. Juste, Niakhaté, Martín - Latza (58. Maxim), Customer (58. Baku), Fernandes, Boëtius - Szalai (71. Onisiwo), Quaison
Referee: hit
Yellow cards: McKennie / Brosinski

Source: spiegel

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