Bremen had had more time to prepare for the game on account of Schalke’s midweek exertions in the UEFA Champions League, but it was Schalke that started the stronger. Less than a minute in, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar was denied at close-range by a smart stop from Florian Mielitz.
Bremen were in competitive spirit after last week’s win over Mainz, though, and it was they that struck first when Zlatko Junuzovic had the presence of mind to pick out the overlapping Aaron Hunt, who superbly found the corner with an angled drive. The lead could have been greater in the first half, but Sokratis Papastathopoulos’ glancing header struck the bar.
Blues back in it
Schalke had been flat in the first half, so it was to their credit that they emerged for the second half with renewed vigour. Completely domint in possession, the home side hit back to level through Neustädter’s looping header, and went ahead ten minutes later, as half-time substitute Julian Draxler rifled home on the break.
Schalke were now well on top and Draxler‘s introduction had really made a difference. A slaloming run from the Germany international set up Lewis Holtby for a third that was ruled out for offside, while Theodor Gebre Selassie had an effort cleared off the line with the last kick of the game.
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