Schalke maintained their unbeaten run in the UEFA Champions League group stages with a comfortable win over Galatasaray, sealed by goals from Guido Burgstaller and Mark Uth.
Schalke 2-0 Galatasaray
Goals: 1-0 Burgstaller (4’), 2-0 Uth (58’)
Schalke continued their strong European competition form this season and began confidently in Gelsenkirchen. Burgstaller took advantage of a goalkeeping mistake from Fernando Muslera and produced a superb curling finish to put the ball home from a tight angle on the corner of the box. Chances came for both side before the break, with Garry Rodrigues shooting wide when one-on-one with Alexander Nübel. Schalke were inches from doubling their lead, but Sebastian Rudy could only hit the outside of the post with his strike from the edge of the box.
Schalke started the second half as they did the first, and took a two-nil lead through Uth. Just three days after scoring his first Schalke goal in the Bundesliga, the Germany international was on the end of Burgstaller’s cut-back pass and he finished past Muslera with ease. The home side controlled the game until the end to go second in Group D, but Uth was taken off midway through after picking up a knock, which Domenico Tedesco will hope proves to be nothing serious ahead of this weekend’s trip to Eintracht Frankfurt.
- Schalke are unbeaten so far in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League (W2, D2).The Royal Blues are unbeaten in their last eight European home games (W5, D3). Schalke have lost only once to Turkish opposition (W3, D4), against Galatasaray in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League round of 16. The Gelsenkirchen club have progressed from the group in their last three Champions League campaigns. Galatasaray haven't won away from home in Europe since 2013 (D2, L13). Belhanda scored two goals in 15 appearances during his loan spell at Schalke in the second half of 2015/16.
Schalke: Nübel – Sane, Stambouli (c), Nastasic - Caligiuri, Rudy (Serdar 76’), Harit (McKennie 56’), Schöpf – Embolo, Burgstaller, Uth (Bentaleb 63’)
Unused subs: Fährmann, Konoplyanka, Skrzybski, Naldo
Absentees: Teuchert (hip)
Coach: Domenico Tedesco
Galatasaray: Muslera – Linnes (Bayram 46’), Mariano (c), Kabak, Aziz - Belhanda, Donk, Ndiaye – Gümüs (Celik 72’), Onyekuru, Rodrigues (Inan 63’)
Unused subs: Cipe, Maicon, Calik, Feghouli
Absentees: Akbaba (metatarsal), Derdiyok, Fernando (both thigh), Nagamoto (collapsed lung)
Coach: Fatih Terim