WATCH: PACIENCIA: "WE'RE A BIG CLUB, WE HAVE TO THINK BIG"
We're now into three minutes of added time here.
HERE COME SCHALKE
A free-kick won in a dangerous spot with the home side piling on the pressure. Can either side get a winning goal?
ALL TO PLAY FOR
Neither side is satisfied with taking a point from this game, and both are going in search of a winning goal. Hold onto your hats...
Urs Fischer bringing on some reinforcements here to test the Schalke will to win. It's anyone's game here heading into the final 10 minutes...
SCHALKE CONFIDENT NOW
That goal has given the home side a massive boost here and they continue to press on. Union having to deal with a Schalke side using it's second-wind...
Off the bench and onto the scoresheet, Schalke are level through Paciencia. Skrzybski's great touch and shot in the box earns a corner after Luthe's save. Mascarell then swings in the corner to the near post and Paciencia makes a run to the near post and flicks a header at goal. Luthe isn't well-placed, and the ball bundles over the line.
The home side are on the ball enough to cause problems for Union, but are still without a shot on target so far. That MUST change before the end of this one if they want to collect their first points of the season.
SCHALKE DOING THE RIGHT THINGS
The full-back is up in the Schalke box and Andrich spots him with a tidy through ball. One touch to control before a shot at the near post, but Rönnow once again gets in his way.
AS IT STANDS
Union are heading up to 7th if they can hold onto this result, while Schalke will sit rock bottom through the first four games of the season. Plenty of time to play here though...
FRIEDRICH HEADS HOME!
Union lead early in the second half through centre-back Friedrich. Trimmel's corner is cleared away, but Becker gives it back to his captain who swings in a teasing cross. Friedrich is ahead of Nastastic and flicks it at goal, where Rönnow is out of place having come out anticipating collecting the cross.
SCHALKE LACKING THAT FINAL TOUCH
The 20-year-old right-back is having a fantastic debut here for Schalke. Signed on loan from Red Bull Salzburg on deadline day, the former RB Leipzig youth product could be an astute bit of business from the Royal Blues if his start is anything to go by.
LENZ SO CLOSE!
Union break and it's Bülter in the Schalke box who looks to play it across to Pohjanpalo at the back post. Nastasic slides in to intercept but the ball bounces back across from him to Lenz, who has continued in run. He has to get a quick shot off with his first touch, but Rönnow is in the right place to make a critical save down low.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY!
No changes during half-time for either side and we're back underway here.
Just the one minute of time added on at the end of the first half.
APPROACHING THE BREAK
A real end-to-end battle here with tackles been won all the time. Neither time is in real control of this one, with possession stats showing minimal difference and both sides already winning almost 40 challenges. It's been a hard-fought first 45.
TOUGH ONE FOR BÜLTER
A long, curling cross from deep by Trimmel reaches the back post of the Schalke box and Bülter is there to head the ball at goal, but he has to lean away from the target to meet it and it's a simple one for Rönnow to grab in the end.
RAMAN HAS A GO
Fantastic move from Schalke as Ludewig breaks from right-back before Bentaleb pings a crossfield pass to Raman in the Union box. He cuts inside and curls a shot at goal, which is deflected behind for a corner.
The Royal Blues have covered the least distance of any team in the Bundesliga this season collectively, while Union are the hardest-working through the opening three weekends. Today, Schalke are matching Union stride for stride.
SCHALKE MATCHING UNION
ANDRICH DENIED BY A SUPER SAVE!
Once again Andrich is in the perfect place to get on the end of a cleared corner and he smashes another half-volley at goal with beautiful technique, but Rönnow matches it with an outstanding show of skill of his own, palming the ball away with his right hand.
BÜLTER SO CLOSE!
Becker collects a loose ball on the right and swings in a fantastic cross towards Bülter. He challenges Ludewig at the back post - the Schalke right-back making his debut this evening - and the ball goes out for a corner off him.
LENZ ON THE BALL
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A top speed for this game already after that run onto Kruse's through ball from Sheraldo Becker, the cousin of Hertha Berlin's Javairo Dilrosun. Keep your eyes on him...
BECKER IS LIGHTNING!
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ANDRICH HAS A POP
After Becker latches on to Kruse's dream of a through ball before seeing his attempted cross put behind for a corner by Oczipka, the ball is cleared out as far as Andrich from the set-piece. The Union midfielder smashes a volley at goal, but it glides just over the crossbar.
HERE COME UNION
Some tidy passing now from the away side as they work their way into this game. But it's been a competitive start overall, and both teams are looking confident here.
Baum's side enjoying most of the early possession, without creating any threatening chances on Luthe's goal so far. A positive sign for the men in blue though.
BOZDOGAN HITS ONE
A tidy from as the youngster - who has just extended his contract until 2024 - is on the end of Oczipka's pass into the Union box and dribbles past one defender to shoot goalward. It's blocked behind by the recovering Friedrich.
Both sides enjoying a bloodthirsty early contest here with some challenges going in during these opening minutes. Trying to get control in the early stages, both outfits.
HERE WE GO!
The ball is rolling in Gelsenkirchen with the away side getting us underway.
KICK-OFF COMING UP!
We're around five minutes from our final game of the weekend getting underway in Gelsenkirchen. Can Schalke get their first points of the season, or will Union get more points on the board here at the Veltins-Arena?
KRUSE ALSO IN ATTACK
Max Kruse has registered five goals and eight assists in 16 career meetings with Schalke. The summer signing was also on the scoresheet in Union's victory at home to Mainz before the international break.
POHJANPALO STARTING! WRONG WAY TO GO?
All eight of Joel Pohjanpalo's Bundesliga goals to date - including his first last time out for Union against Mainz - have come as a substitute. Today he starts for his new club for the first time.
SCHALKE'S SEASON TO START TODAY?
Schalke will set an unwanted club record of seven successive Bundesliga defeats if they lose. The Royal Blues' return of zero points, one goal scored and 15 conceded is a record Bundesliga low after three matches. And new head coach Manuel Baum's debut loss was the heaviest of any first-time Schalke coach since Jörg Berger suffered a 5-1 reverse at the hands of Bayer Leverkusen in October 1993.
WELCOME TO THE VELTINS-ARENA!
SCHALKE STARTING XI!
Rönnow - Ludewig, Sane, Nastasic, Oczipka - Mascarell (c), Bentaleb - Bozdogan, Skrzybski, Raman - Ibisevic
Langer, Mendyl, Matondo, Kutucu, Stambouli, Paciencia, Harit, Schpf, Thiaw
UNION STARTING XI!
Luthe - Trimmel (c), Friedrich, Knoche, Lenz - Prömel, Andrich - Becker, Kruse, Bülter - Pohjanpalo
Karius, Ryerson, Awoniyi, Endo, Hübner, Ingvartsen, Griesbeck, Gentner, Teuchert
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