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Schalke: Hildebrand - Uchida, Matip, Höwedes, Fuchs - Höger (Goretzka 77'), Jones - Farfan (Pukki 87'), Meyer (Clemens 69'), Draxler - Szalai
PAOK: Jacobo - Kitsiou, Katsouranis, Miguel Vitor, Lino - Tziolis, Lazar - Lawrence (Kace 62') - Stoch, Lucas (Oliseh 90+1') - Salpingidis (Athanasiadis 62')
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FULL TIME!: Referee Stéphane Lannoy brings the match to an end and Schalke will be disappointed to have let their lead, and control of the tie, slip in such careless fashion. Still, there's always next week's return leg to make amends, but that fixture has now taken on a somewhat different complexion.
87' Goalscorer Farfan is stretchered off the pitch after an awkward looking collision, with Finnish forward Teemu Pukki coming on in his stead.
84' Schalke seem to be a completely different team from the one that dominated so comfortably in the first half. They're still pushing for a late and potentially decisive winner, but their efforts are too hurried and desperate to be effective.
80' Delightful first-time through-ball from Clemens, who finds Höwedes in bearing down on goal, but the defender's shot lacks precision and PAOK can clear.
78' Keller reacts to the setback by bringing on another attacker in the shape of talented youngster Leon Goretzka, who replaces Marco Höger.
73' GOAL!: No sooner had I said it than PAOK equalise. Schalke will cringe when they watch the replay of this. Miroslav Stoch receives the ball a good 30 yards out on the left side of the pitch and is allowed by a handful of Schalke players to advance unimpeded. The Slovakian international gratefully accepts the invitation and rifles a shot from distance into the bottom corner past the unsighted Hildebrand. 1-1 it stands.
71' Not a great deal of goalmouth action at present, but fans of no-nonsense midfield tackling will be having a field day.
66' In response Schalke have taken the sting out of the game and are stroking the ball around casually at the back, patiently waiting for spaces to open up in midfield. Draxler, as ever, is the creative hub, but Szalai's first touch has let him down too often tonight for him to pose a serious threat.
61' That move has encouraged the guests to be a bit more daring and their backline has now moved several yards further up the pitch, with the attackers pressing Schalke's defenders with greater vigour.
54' Nice break from PAOK. After Schalke's move broke down, the visitors raced forward at speed, with the ball inevitably arriving at the feet of Lucas, who's been their main dangerman throughout. Showing astonishing close control, the Spaniard skips past a couple of challenges, but his shot doesn't trouble Timo Hildebrand.
SECOND HALF: We're back underway in Gelsenkirchen and Schalke have clearly started intent on putting this tie to bed early on. A delightful attacking move involving Matip, Meyer and Draxler ends with the ball at Szalai's feet, but the Hungarian dithers for too long before shooting and the chance goes begging.
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HALF TIME!: That was the last meaningful action of the first 45 minutes. Schalke are deservedly in front and could do with scoring one or two more to take into the second leg next Tuesday.
42' There appears to be little danger when Draxler picks up the ball just outside the PAOK box given the number of defenders back, but the midfielder takes a couple of strides forward and unleashes a ridiculously powerful shot that flies just wide.
37' PAOK just went mightily close to equalising. Schalke's defensive shortcomings were all too apparent once again, thrice failing to clear the ball from their box. 10 yards out with the ball bouncing nicely, Lucas has the goal at his mercy, but blasts over.
32' GOAL!: Schalke attack once more and the ball breaks to Draxler on the edge of the box. The No10's shot is blocked, but it comes to Szalai, who lays the ball off to Jefferson Farfan towards the right. The Peruvian curls a first-time left-footed shot low into the bottom corner. It's been coming.
28' Oooh, that was close. A great break from the back by Joel Matip, whose threaded pass finds Meyer on the edge of the box. The youngster plays a first-time through ball to Szalai, who's free in front of Jacobo, only to be flagged offside.
25' The hosts are turning the screw here, PAOK can barely advance more than a few metres up the pitch before Schalke bear down on them again. Meyer has had some tidy touches and is linking up nicely with the comparatively veteran Julian Draxler (who's 19).
20' Schalke have settled into their rhythm now and are dominating possession in PAOK's half. A goal would surely help calm their nervy backline too - the guests have sensed a weakness there.
15'Uchida tears forward down the right again and is brought down on the edge of the area by Stoch. Christian Fuchs curls in a delightful left-footed effort, but Szalai cannot leap high enough to trouble the visiting defence.
7' It's been an entertaining start so far. Keller has yet to take his seat on the bench, rightly looking rather concerned by PAOK's No10, Lucas, a left-footer who's looked dangerous when cutting in from the right.
3'...which comes to nothing. PAOK are by no means intimidated though, and sprint up to the other end of the pitch. Having conceded seven goals in their two opening Bundesliga fixtures, Schalke's defence looks rather shaky.
KICK OFF!: And we're off. Schalke are playing in some very elegant green shirts, with dark shorts and socks. Atsuto Uchida scampers forward straight away down the right and earns a corner...
Kick-off - 5 mins However, all that negativity has been washed aside with a glance at Schalke's starting line-up. Keller has included 17-year-oldMax Meyer to play on the left side of an attacking 4-3-3 formation, with Julian Draxler in the middle. Keller said he wants Meyer to be "cheeky and brave, just like he always is in training."
Kick-off - 10 mins As if that weren't enough, the hosts have been deprived of the services of star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, who suffered a knee injury in the defeat against Wolfsburg. To add insult to injury, the PAOK coach is none other than Huub Stevens, current incumbent Keller's predecessor at the Veltins Arena.
Kick-off - 15 mins To say Schalke haven't been firing on all cyclinders so far this season would be a huge understatement. A 3-3 draw with Hamburg on Matchday 1 was thrilling for the neutrals, but rather less so for coach Jens Keller. The Royal Blues followed that up with a sorry 4-0 defeat away to VfL Wolfsburg last weekend.
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