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We're now into three minutes of time added on at the end of this game.
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Richter is on the end of a loose ball in the box after a failed clearance from Mascarell, but his shot is blocked behind for a corner.
A HARD DAY'S WORK FOR THE HUNTER
Klaas-Jan HuntelaarMarco Richter
Paciencia and Hoppe come on for the final minutes with Harit and Huntelaar being replaced.
Schalke's striker steps up to a free-kick 25 yards from goal and thumps it on target. Gikiewicz is alive to the danger and leaps across to tip the ball over the crossbar with his first real save of the second half.
More attacking support for Augsburg with Benes and Gregoritsch on for the final 10 minutes.
Defensive support for Schalke with Mustafi on for Bozdogan, who has been impressive today down the left.
ACROBATIC FROM RICHTER!
What a goal that would have been. Gouweleeuw puts the ball forward into the area from midfield and Richter moves it to his left with his first touch, before going for an overhead kick with the ball bouncing up for him. He connects well and the ball is looping towards goal, but Fährmann is well placed to palm the ball away.
Kolasinac is on at left-back for the final 15 minutes or so.
An intentional handball earns the Augsburg right-back a booking.
TIME RUNNING OUT
Augsburg are - as they were in the first meeting between these sides this season - looking for a late equaliser. In that last game, it was an injury time header from Richter which got Augsburg a point.
Pedersen comes on to bring fresh legs at left-back, while Niederlechner is on and into the attack for Caligiuri.
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ON THE FRONT-FOOT...
Augsburg certainly look likeliest to score next in this game if we are to see another goal. Although Hahn - who is leading the line in attack - has been kept very quiet.
Augsburg have had the better of the game's chances, but the scoreline remains in Schalke's favour.
CHANCES BUILDING UP!
NOW FOR RICHTER!
Two in the space of a minute for Augsburg as Framberger beats Oczipka to the ball in the Schalke area before crossing to the back post. Richter is racing to meet it all alone and slides in to surely level the scores, but he instead sends the ball flying over the crossbar from close range. A head-in-hands moment for the Augsburg forward.
BIG CHANCE FOR VARGAS!
Nearly a gift for Augsburg to get level as Stambouli leaps up to block a cross with his right foot, but he can't control it well enough and the ball runs loose for Vargas at the near post. He gets a shot away, but Föhrmann is equal to it with the help of his post.
SERDAR HAS A GO
A strike from the edge of the box deflects off Uduokhai and out for a corner from Serdar. Schalke starting this second half with the same mindset shown in the first.
LACKING THE FINAL BALL
Good interplay from Augsburg sees Caligiuri find Vargas in space 25 yards from goal. He doesn't know whether to shoot or cross with players in support and in the end his ball into the Schalke area goes between his teammates and out for a goal kick. Augsburg looking to be a lot more clinical from here on out.
SHOWING DESIRE AGAIN
Schalke have a corner which is cleared by Augsburg, and Richter searches for Hahn with a long ball on the counter - but there are four or five Schalke players racing back to snuff out the attack as quickly as possible.
We're rolling again for the second half with Strobl on for Khedira here for Augsburg.
We'll have just one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
APPROACHING THE BREAK
Neither side is looking totally comfortable in this game, but Schalke will of course be the happier after Serdar's early lead. Still, both will know there is all to play for into the second half.
SERDAR JUST WIDE!
A big chance for a second goal for Serdar as Schalke break forward. Becker and Harit combine down the right and it's Harit who cuts the ball back in front of goal from the byline. Serdar side-foots a shot first-time, but it slides a couple of yards wide of the Augsburg near post.
FIRST YELLOW CARD
Augsburg captain Gouweleeuw is booked for a challenge on Huntelaar, his 9th of the season.
AUGSBURG ON TOP
The away side have been the better side here in the last 10 minutes, keeping Schalke largely penned back in their own half.
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Mehmet Can Aydin31.73km/h
It's been an entertaining battle to watch so far, but we've had only two shots on target through the opening 25 minutes.
CHANCES AT A PREMIUM
HUGE CHANCE FOR RICHTER!
Augsburg break after a slip from Thiaw, who then slides the ball to Vargas as he looked for a teammate. Vargas sprinted on and slid Richter in on goal with only Fährmann to beat, but his strike was straight at Fährmann and forced the first save of the day from the Schalke No.1.
The away side are coming into the game more and more here, keeping the ball with Schalke's press slowing down. But still, no clear-cut chances have come the way of Fährmann in the Schalke goal.
SERDAR'S HAPPY BIRTHDAY
A first goal of the season in the Bundesliga on his 24th birthday. The only thing that could make his special day any better would be three points staying at the Veltins-Arena. So far, so good...
AUGSBURG'S SLOW START
The away side have not been able to get going at all in these opening 15 minutes. Schalke's defence looks comfortable on the ball, while the Royal Blues' attack is harrying the Augsburg defence when they have the ball. We've seen few touches of the ball for Augsburg going forward.
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BIG CHANCE FOR HUNTELAAR!
It's almost two here for Schalke as Oczipka's cross into the middle from the left bounces through for Huntelaar to strike with his left foot, 10 yards out in front of goal. He drags his shot wide of the mark on the turn though.
Schalke showing confidence now on the ball with a spring in their step after taking an early lead. The Royal Blues are playing out from the back and doing it well, with Augsburg chasing shadows so far.
SERDAR FOR THE SCHALKE LEAD!
What a start for the home side who score at home for the first time in six games. Huntelaar finds Bozdogan in some space on the left and his first-time cross is fumbled at his near post by Gikiewicz with a rare and ultimately costly mistake, with Serdar the first too the loose ball to slot it home.
HERE WE GO!
It's coming towards last-chance saloon for Schalke now, as Augsburg get us underway for this crucial game.
HOPE FOR THE ROYAL BLUES?
Schalke are 12 games without a win in the Bundesliga, while they have failed to score in their past five home games - a sixth home match without scoring would set a new club record. However, the Royal Blues' record against Augsburg is their best against any current Bundesliga side: losing just twice in 19 meetings so far.
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WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR AUGSBURG?
Augsburg aren’t mathematically safe but will feel confident enough to be planning for an 11th season of Bundesliga football in 2021/22. The Bavarians currently sit 11th with a seven-point cushion over the play-off spot. It’s also seven to the top half of the table. They may not mind if they remain in no-man’s-land for the remaining seven matchdays.
WHAT'S AT STAKE FOR SCHALKE?
Schalke’s top-flight membership looks to be coming ever closer to its expiration date. The Royal Blues remain 13 points adrift at the bottom – and that’s only to Cologne in 17th, not even safety. It’s 15 points to Mainz in the play-off spot and 16 to Bielefeld in the first survival position. Cologne and Mainz face each other later today, meaning Schalke have a real opportunity to make up some ground, but only if they can pick up just a second league win of this season.
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AUGSBURG TEAM NEWS
Heiko Herrlich decides not to change a winning formula and picks the same team that started Augsburg’s 2-1 win at home to Hoffenheim.
SCHALKE TEAM NEWS
Dimitrios Grammozis makes three changes to his side from last weekend’s 2-1 defeat in Leverkusen. Ralf Fährmann has returned from injury and replaces Frederik Rönnow in goal, while Can Bozdogan and Bastian Oczipka come in for Sead Kolasinac and Kerim Calhanoglu in the four-man midfield. All three outgoing players drop to the bench.
Koubek, Pedersen, Suchy, Niederlechner, Gregoritsch, Sarenren Bazee, Benes, Strobl, Oxford
Gikiewicz - Framberger, Gouweleeuw (c), Uduokhai, Gumny - Khedira, Gruezo - Caligiuri, Vargas, Richter - Hahn
Rönnow, William, Paciencia, Kolasinac, Sane, Schöpf, Mustafi, Calhanoglu, Hoppe
Fährmann - Becker, Stambouli, Thiaw - Aydin, Mascarell (c), Bozdogan, Oczipka - Serdar - Huntelaar, Harit
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