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Highlights

90'
+ 6

Full time! Schalke 2-1 Bremen

Schalke's celebrations speak volumes. They were staring down the barrel after going behind to Ducksch's first-half goal, but a late rally turned it around. The Royal Blues stay second bottom, but the gap to Bochum and Stuttgart is now a single point, with four games to go.
Full-time
90'
+ 3

Substitution

90'
+ 2

Schalke lead!!!!

What a huge goal this could be in the relegation battle! Schalke go long after that goal-saving block from Drexler. He's suddenly all alone in the Werder box as Zalazar clips a pass over the Werder defence and duly rolls the ball past the on-rushing Pavlenka. the Royal Blues are now just a point from safety!
90'
+ 2
Dominick Drexler
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
43 %
90'
+ 1

Blocked!

Ducksch is a brave Drexler block from winning it for Bremen. He did everything right...
90'
+ 1

Added time

Into the first of five additional minutes in Schalke's penultimate home game of the season...
90'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Kenan Karaman
Kenan Karaman34.68km/h
2.
Tom Krauß
Tom Krauß33.16km/h
3.
Marco Friedl
Marco Friedl32.92km/h
89'

Denied!

Frey juggles the ball in the Bremen area, before helping it on for Ouwejan. He pulls his foot back, but a defender nicks it away from him. Why didn't Schalke play this way in the first half?!
87'

Final Schalke change

It's Ouwejan for the nine-goal Bülter. The Dutch full-back has a wand of a left foot - can he get some crosses into the Werder box?
86'

Close!

And the free-kick from Ducksch whistles narrowly past Schwolow's right-hand post. There's another goal in this...
85'

Studs showing

Van den Berg is very high on Gruev. He's lucky the Bremen man isn't badly injured.
81'

Schalke are level!

Out of nothing, we have an equaliser. A long throw is cleared only as far as the edge of the Bremen area, where van den Berg reacts fastest to steer an unerring strike into the bottom corner. Game on!
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
7 %
77'

Ch-ch-ch-changes

Werner shakes up his midfield, with the introduction of Gruev and Schmidt. There's also a change in the Schalke defence, with fit-again Liverpool loanee van den Berg making his first appearance since Matchday 8.
75'

Triple change

After Bittencourt bends an effort just wide of the Schalke goal, Reis switches up his attack. For Polter, it marks a first appearance of the year following a cruciate knee injury.
73'

Half chance!

Uronen drifts a ball into the box for Karaman. He stoops to head goalwards, but it's slightly behind him and lacks the power to seriously trouble Pavlenka.
69'

No faulting Schalke's effort levels...

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The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
... but can they make one of their chances count?
xGoals
0
0.82
0.84
0
Goals
69'

Goal attempts
11off target
6on target
6off target
1on target
63'

Off the bar!

So close to the equalising goal! Pavlenka parries a dangerous Zalazar corner out to Krauß, who fires a first-time effort against the crossbar. The ensuing cross isn't dealt with either, but there are no takers at the far post. Schalke are throwing everything at the visitors!
59'

Chances!

Drexler does really well to hold off the challenges as he runs in off the right-hand flank. He finds Zalazar unmarked in the Bremen area, but his snap-shot is blocked by Pavlenka. Yoshida heads past the upright from the resultant corner.
58'

Yellow peril

Veljkovic will have to watch his step now. Bülter wasn't going anywhere - he didn't need to make that challenge.
54'

Schalke not doing enough with the ball

They're just not finding the pockets in the Bremen half.
Possession (%)
5446
49'

Close!

Zalazar sends a teasing cross over the top of the Bremen defence and towards the back post, where Karaman is inches from applying the finishing touch. Encouraging signs from Schalke since the restart...
47'

Bülter!

Schalke's top scorer drifts inside, before unleashing a 25-yard rising drive that Pavlenka does well to push over. Zalazar's ensuing corner is headed back across goal, but Bremen clear their lines.
46'

No changes

How long before Thomas Reis shuffles his pack...?
Kick-off!
45'
+ 7

Half time! Schalke 0-1 Bremen

Marvin Ducksch's 12th goal of the season is the difference between the two sides at the break. Bremen have been relatively comfortable and might have added to their lead. Work to do for Schalke...
Half-time
43'

Max power, not enough accuracy

Yoshida makes a mess of his clearance as Werder swarm in the Schalke half. Some tidy one-touch passing opens the door for Max Philipp inside the area, but he shanks wide of the near post.
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Bremen here to stay

If it stays like this, Werder can secure safety with the right combination of results next weekend.
39'

Routine save

Pavlenka gets both hands on a tame Yoshida header from a corner. Schalke's struggles in front of goal - they've scored a league-low 26 times so far this season - are plain to see...
37'

Expected goals

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xGoals
The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals).
xGoals
0
0.3
0.5
0
Goals
36'

Goal attempts
4off target
4on target
3off target
1on target
33'

Terodde!

Schalke's best chance by a mile as Uronen races in behind the Bremen defence and loops a cross towards the penalty spot. Terodde throws himself at the ball, his diving header forcing a finger-tip save from Pavlenka.
30'

Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes

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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Through high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Top speed then means, the fastest measured single frame of a player/game.
1.
Kenan Karaman
Kenan Karaman34.68km/h
2.
Marco Friedl
Marco Friedl32.92km/h
25'

Caution

Stage goes into the book after bringing down Karaman.
25'

Bremen favourites for the win

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Bremen favourites for the win
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37.5 %
Now
64.5 %
21'

Ducksch on fire

That's Ducksch's 12th goal of the season, and ninth during the second half of the season. The former Dortmund youth player also has five assists.
18'

Ducksch strikes again!

A hat-trick last week, and the opener today! Ducksch caps a lightning transition with a first-time finish from inside the box. That all came from a misplaced Schalke throw-in. Superb counter-attacking play!
18'
Marvin Ducksch
Goal probability
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Goal probability
Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
24 %
12'

Even contest

Possession (%)
4852
11'

Wide!

Schalke break following a Bremen corner. Zalazar squeezes a pass into the feet of Karaman, who runs in on goal under pressure from a back-tracking defender. All he can do is shoot, but he pulls it wide from an awkward angle.
8'

Schalke probing

Schalke go on the offensive with Bülter, but his left-wing cross is beaten clear by Pavlenka. If the home side can get the first goal, it'll blow the roof off the Veltins...
5'

Blocked!

Bremen cut open the Schalke defence with Stage. He pulls the ball back to the edge of the area for Bittencourt, whose goal-bound shot is blocked by the sliding Yoshida.
1'

Under way!

Schalke are in royal blue with white shorts. Bremen are in their change strip of salmon and green. With games against Mainz, Bayern, Frankfurt and Leipzig to come, you feel the home side need a result here...
Kick-off!
1:30
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Watch: The Hunter years

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's in attendance at the Veltins-Arena today. The Dutchman spent seven years at Schalke between 2010 and 2017, scoring 84 goals in 184 Bundesliga appearances. How the class of 2022/23 could use his nose for goal in their current predicament.

The Füllkrug factor

Bremen have picked up points in 10 of the 13 games in which Füllkrug has scored so far this season, but lost eight of 13 when the Germany international hasn't fired and two of three that he's missed.

Bremen closing in on mathematical safety

The Green-Whites start the weekend on 35 points, seven clear of the relegation zone and with a superior goal difference on all the teams below them. With five games to go, they are tantalisingly close to secured a second successive season of top-flight football.

Eyes on the basement

Results have not gone the way of second-bottom Schalke so far on Matchday 30. After Bochum held Dortmund, Stuttgart picked up a crucial win over Gladbach earlier today. Those two are now level on 28 points, with VfB outside the bottom three on goal difference. Schalke are four points further back in 17th.
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Watch: Schalke in the house!

More on those teams

Maya Yoshida's back for Schalke, the Japan international slotting back into the heart of the defence in place of the injured Moritz Jenz. Tom Krauß is back from suspension, while Rodrigo Zalazar is preferred to Dominik Drexler in attacking midfield. With Niclas Füllkrug sidelined once more, Bremen are unchanged from the 4-2 win at Hertha.

Schalke starting line-up

Schwolow - Matriciani, Yoshida (c), Kaminski, Uronen - Kral, Krauß - Karaman, Zalazar, Bülter - Terodde

Schalke subs

Langer, Ouwejan, Greiml, van den Berg, Latza, Drexler, Mohr, Frey, Polter

Bremen starting line-up

Pavlenka - Veljkovic, Stark, Friedl (c) - Weiser, Bittencourt, Groß, Stage, Jung – Philipp, Ducksch

Bremen subs

Zetterer, Pieper, Buchanan, Chiarodia, Salifou, Schmid, Schmidt, Gruev, Mbom
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Coach view: Schalke

Thomas Reis: "We have to win our duels, function as a team throughout the match and show that we want to win the game. Our style of play needs to force the opposition into making mistakes. Anything is possible together with our fans."

Coach view: Werder

Ole Werner: "We need to play to our best in order to win games in this league and we can only focus on what we can influence – namely, the game against Schalke. They need every point they can get, which will be obvious on the pitch.”
2:03
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Watch: Bremen 2-1 Schalke - previous meeting

Niclas Füllkrug and Ducksch goals did the damage for Werder on Matchday 13, with Dominick Drexler's 89th-minute effort too little, too late for the Royal Blues.
2:03
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Watch: Freiburg 4-0 Schalke - highlights

Schalke were played off the park in Freiburg on Matchday 29, falling to a third defeat in four Bundesliga matches.
2:03
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Watch: Hertha 2-4 Bremen - highlights

Werder did Schalke a favour by beating bottom side Hertha last time out. Marvin Ducksch starred with a hat-trick, taking his tally to 11 for the season and eight since the turn of the year.

Schalke fighting to stay afloat

Schalke, who won the 2021/22 Bundesliga 2 title ahead of Bremen, have a long way to go to ensure their seat at Germany's top table next season. The Royal Blues are currently second bottom of the table, a point outside the relegation play-off spot occupied by Stuttgart and three adrift of outright safety.

Bremen almost home and hosed!

Bremen can secure top-flight football for next season this weekend. A win at Schalke, coupled with favourable results elsewhere, will make relegation a mathematical impossibility with four games remaining.
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