FC Schalke 04 were beaten 5-4 on penalties by Chinese champions Guangzhou Evergrande on Thursday in the second showpiece friendly of the Royal Blues' training camp in China.
Guangzhou Evergrande 0-0 FC Schalke 04
After a goalless 90 minutes in Foshan, Sidney Sam missed the fifth penalty for Schalke after Naldo, Johannes Geis, Franco Di Santo and Sascha Riether had all found the net from the spot, while hosts Guangzhou were on the mark with all five of their spot-kicks.
It was a tough end for Schalke, who had dominated proceedings in the tropical heat of the Century Lotus Stadium.
Markus Weinzierl's side – who beat Evergrande's city neighbours, Guangzhou R&F FC, 6-1 on Tuesday – enjoyed the only real first-half chances against their deep-lying hosts. Geis came close with a free-kick after 24 minutes, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting also threatened before the break.