A win in stoppage time! SV Werder came from behind to beat FC Schalke 04 away from home 2-1. Zlatko Junuzovic scored the winner in the third minute of stoppage time. SVW went into the break behind after a tough first half in which a shot from Yevhen Konoplyanka, which slipped through Jiri Pavlenka’s fingers into the net, gave Schalke the lead (24’). In an action-packed final 15 minutes, Max Kruse capitalised on a Ralf Fährmann mistake to grab the equaliser (79’). Schalke’s Matja Nastasic had been sent off moments before after picking up a second yellow card. Then in the 93rd minute, substitute Junuzovic sent all the Green-Whites into ecstasy.
Starting line-up and formation: Deadline day signing Milot Rashica made his debut in the starting XI. The other change was also made in an attacking position with Ishak Belfodil starting. In place of those two, Junuzovic was on the bench whilst Bargfrede missed out with injury. The other two January signings, Sebastian Langkamp and Marco Friedl, were also on the bench. Florian Kohfeldt set his team out in a 4-2-3-1 system with Belfodil up top and Rashica on the right-hand side.
10th minute: A first shot of the game from Milot Rashica. He shoots with his right foot from 25 yards out but Ralf Fährmann is equal to the effort.
25th minute: Goal for Schalke. Yevhen Konoplyanka puts the hosts into the lead. He is unchallenged as he drives towards the Werder area and his long-range shot flies through the hands of Pavlenka. It is a frustrating goal to concede particularly because Werder had gotten into the game more in recent minutes.
45th minute: Half-time in Gelsenkirchen. Werder have shown a good account of themselves away from home but are 1-0 down after an unlucky mistake from Pavlenka. Despite that, Werder are very much in the game and need to be more courageous in the second half to get something from the game.
53rd minute: There is much more tempo in this second half and Jiri Pavlenka has to stay alert to save from Amine Harit and Max Meyer before denying Franco Di Santo too.
56th minute: Kohfeldt makes his first change, bringing on Aron Jóhannsson for debutant Rashica. The Kosovar tried a lot and had some good touches but could not get in behind the Schalke defence. Hopefully the American Jóhannsson has more luck.
71st minute: Werder have been putting on more pressure since the substitution and now Zlatko Junuzovic is on for Gondorf. Give it your all, Zladdi!
78th minute: Nastasic receives his marching orders for a second yellow card. After he stuck out his leg to trip up Kruse in the first half, he then pulls back Belfodil meaning the hosts are down to 10 men.
79th minute: GOAAAAAAAL! The equaliser! Max Kruse gets it! This goal is also helped by a goalkeeping error; the free-kick from Ludwig Augustinsson is spilled by Fährmann, Jóhannsson is first to the loose ball and his shot is blocked but Max Kruse smashes home the rebound. GET IN!
84th minute: A slice of luck for SVW! Marco Pjaca curls it but it hits the post and Pavlenka clutches the ball gratefully.
88th minute: We’re in for a nail-biting finish! Junuzovic has a chance with a free-kick before Jóhannsson shoots from inside the area but both are blocked. Werder are edging closer to a second goal.
93rd minute: GOAAAAAAAAAAAL! UNBELIEVABLE! Zladdi scores to make it 2-1! Jóhannsson chips the ball to Belfodil whose shot is blocked by Fährmann but Junuzovic, who is running in, slides the ball over the line! SVW win with practically the last kick of the game! Ecstasy in the Werder end!
Summary: SVW played well away from home against Schalke but for a long time, it looked as if it would come to nothing. Mistakes like the one from Pavlenka happen but his teammates couldn’t break down the Schalke defence for long periods in order to get back into the game – until Fährmann made the mistake in the closing stages. In a tough match, Werder earned the win with a brilliant final 15 minutes and three huge points in the fight to stay in the Bundesliga. Next up is the DFB-Pokal quarter-final away at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday 6th February (KO 20:45 CET).