Summary

  • Schalke win for first time in Bundesliga under Markus Weinzeirl.
  • Three goals in six second-half minutes.
  • Embolo with a brace.

FC Schalke 04 picked up their first Bundesliga points of the season at the sixth time of asking after brushing aside Borussia Mönchengladbach at the VELTINS Arena.

FC Schalke 04 4-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Goals: 1-0 Choupo-Moting (52'), 2-0 Embolo (56'), 3-0 Goretzka (58'), 4-0 Embolo (82')

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Both sides were involved in taxing European fixtures in midweek, but it was hosts Schalke who appeared to have more in the tank early on as Leon Goretzka and Alessandro Schöpf forced routine saves out of Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer inside 12 minutes. Gladbach ended the half in the ascendancy, however, with Schöpf in the right place at the right time to clear a goal-bound header from Jannik Vestergaard off the line.

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Schalke had threatened only in fits and starts, but once Markus Weinzierl's side took the lead through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's 52nd-minute penalty, there was no turning back. Breel Embolo poked home from Sead Kolasinac to bring up his first Bundesliga goal four minutes later, before Leon Goretzka capped a mad-cap six-minute spell with the Royal Blues' third. Embolo completed the rout to give Weinzierl his first Bundesliga win since taking charge in the summer.

Embolo (l.) was a real handful for the Gladbach defence all afternoon.

Man of the match

Although it is hard to ignore Choupo-Moting's contribution, Embolo was the driving force behind the win, capping an understated individual display with two goals from as many efforts on target.

Talking point

It has been a long time coming, but the Weinzierl era is finally up and running at Schalke. The Royal Blues were far more cohesive as a unit, and will feel confident they can now go on a run and force their way back into the top-four reckoning.

Match stats

  • Schalke scored more goals in six minutes on Matchday 6 than they did in all five of their previous Bundesliga matches of the season.
  • Schalke won all three of their Bundesliga matches in which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was not named in the starting line-up last season.
  • Gladbach captain Lars Stindl started a Bundesliga match on the bench for the first time this season.

Line-ups

Schalke: Fährmann - Höwedes (c), Naldo, Nastasic, Kolasinac - Geis, Bentaleb - Schöpf, Goretzka (Di Santo 82'), Choupo-Moting (Baba 86') - Embolo (Meyer 90')

Coach: Markus Weinzierl

Gladbach:

Sommer - Jantschke (c), Vestergaard (Stindl 46'), Elvedi - Kramer, Christensen - Traore, Dahoud (Korb 67'), Johnson - Hahn, Hazard

Coach: Andre Schubert