It was always going to be interesting to see how Schalke responded to their UEFA Champions League elimination in midweek, breaking a run of three consecutive league wins, and the first signs were positive.
Jefferson Farfan nudged the first real chance wide of Raphael Schäfer’s goal with only the Nuremberg number one to beat before Julian Draxler’s chip was cleared by Timmy Simons. Draxler went even closer, hitting the post, before Nuremberg took a surprise lead through Feulner with the tenth Bundesliga goal of his career and the first with his left foot.
Schalke emerged for the second half with the same verve as in the first, and it looked like the game was following the same path as Benedikt Höwedes hit the post with Chinedu Obasi sending the rebound over.
Indeed, just as in the first 45 minutes, the big chances were falling the Royal Blues’ way, but it was the Bavarians who found the back of the net. Esswein was put through by Hiroshi Kiyotake and kept his cool to beat Timo Hildebrand, before Frantz made it three from another Kiyotake assist, giving Nuremberg their biggest win since beating the same opponents 4-1 almost a year ago.
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