- Schalke slip to 5-4 penalty defeat.
- Sidney Sam misses from 12 yards after Royal Blues dominate in normal time.
- Max Meyer and Johannes Geis entertain local fans on Wednesday.
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.
Despite seven changes at the interval, the Royal Blues continued to control proceedings, although only Dennis Aogo – whose header hit the post in the 72nd minute – really threatened to break the deadlock.
After 90 minutes were up, it was straight to the shoot-out where Sam was the unlucky man to miss.
Schalke youngster Max Meyer had better luck against Guangzhou on Wednesday, though, when he played some local fans on the console twice – securing two wins.
Meyer was accompanied to the esports event by team-mate Geis, while Naldo, Di Santo and Ralf Fährmann were present at an adidas meet-and-greet.
At the same time on Wednesday, Kaan Ayhan, Alexander Nübel, Sam and club legend Gerald Asamoah attended an event with pupils from local schools, where the quartet handed out gifts and happily posed for selfies with young fans.
Asamoah then participated in a training session at a school in Foshan run by the Knappen Football School. Hundreds of local fans watched the 30 lucky students play with the 43-time Germany international.
To keep up-to-date with Schalke's progress in the Far East, follow the hashtags #SchalkeInChina and #BLWorldTour on Twitter: @Bundesliga_EN.
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