Bundesliga debutant Guido Burgstaller scored deep into added time to give FC Schalke 04 a 1-0 win over FC Ingolstadt 04 at the VELTINS-Arena on Matchday 17.
FC Schalke 04 1-0 FC Ingolstadt 04
Goals: 1-0 Burgstaller (90+2')
Both teams took time to find their way into the game, and struggled to carve out chances in the opening stages. Ingolstadt's Markus Suttner made the ball tickle the back of the net on 15 minutes, but his effort was ruled out for a foul on Alessandro Schöpf. Almog Cohen had the best chance of the first half 11 minutes later, but his shot from the edge of the area was cleared by Johannes Geis.
Man of the match
Markus Weinzierl responded to the Royal Blues' goal drought by bringing new signing Burgstaller on in place of holding midfielder Geis. Naldo forced a save from Martin Hansen in the 64th minute when he put a header on target, and substitute Donis Avidjaj had two good chances in the final quarter of an hour which he couldn't quite convert. In the end it was Burgstaller who decided the match, whipping in Schöpf’s cross two minutes into injury time.
The game was poised on a knife-edge throughout and it took an opportunistic goal to make the difference. The man who scored it was Burgstaller, who showed throughout his 45-minute appearance what a valuable addition he could be to the Schalke ranks.