Deutsche Bank Park
Full-time: Frankfurt 3-0 Schalke
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Buta gets in on the act!
Frankfurt score again to give them a rather flattering 3-0 scoreline. Borre gets his pass spot on, on this occasion, and Buta slams home from the edge of the six-yard box. Clinical.
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Frankfurt chase a third, but Borre overcooks his cross. Schalke are spent.
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Two attempts on target, two Frankfurt goals
Frankfurt get the all-important second goal. Lindstrom is the architect with a cute outside-of-the-boot pass into the feet of Borre. He stands up his man, before curling low into the far corner from just inside the area.
Added industry in the Frankfurt engine room as Rode replaces Kamada for the closing stages. Royal Antwerp loanee Michael Frey - another striker - is on for the visitors, meanwhile
Buta gets to the byline and pulls back a cross towards the near post. Borre is lying in wait, but Matriciani blocks it behind. Kamada's thunderbolt from the ensuing cross is also blocked.
'A' for effort, not for execution
Kozuki - his team's best player - makes way for Karaman. Based on his debut performance, the Japanese attacker is going to be a real asset in the Royal Blues' battle against the drop.
Close, but no cigar
Ebimbe can't continue. The PSG loanee hobbles off, with Aurelio Buta his replacement. Glasner also replaces Kolo Muani - the first Bundesliga player to reach 10 assists this season - with Rafael Borre.
Two-time Bundesliga Rookie of the Month Ebimbe stays down after a challenge with Uronen. The Frankfurt man appeared to overstretch as he contested the ball. The physios are on...
End product lacking
Lenz replaces Dortmund loanee Knauff - who's been quiet today - on the Frankfurt left.
Bülter knows exactly what's he's doing as he pulls back Muani in the Frankfurt half. The break was on.
Encouraging signs from Schalke as Bülter swings over a cross for Terodde, who heads over.
Lindstrom works some magic, before clipping over a cross. Ebimbe goes up to meet it, but heads over.
Schalke unlucky to be behind
It's that man again, this time powering a header from a left-wing free-kick goalwards. Unfortunately for him, Frankfurt goalkeeper Trapp gets in the way. Great save!
Away we go!
Can rock-bottom Schalke turn things around? Bochum are 2-0 up against Hertha Berlin, so they could seriously use a positive result!
Half-time: Frankfurt 1-0 Schalke
Schalke survive a couple of late corners, but still trail to that lovely Jesper Lindstrom goal. With Freiburg 3-0 down in Wolfsburg, Frankfurt are up to second in the live table.
Into the first of two additional minutes in Frankfurt. The Eagles are very much in charge...
The Frankfurt players are queueing up in and around the Schalke area. The ball eventually breaks to Ebimbe, who hoofs off target from 18 yards.
The Frankfurt goalscorer has the beating of Matriciani again. It's a very similar position from where he broke the deadlock, but this time his attempt sails over.
Off the post!
Kozuki gets in behind the Frankfurt defence, before driving an effort against the outside of Trapp's near post. The Japanese winger looks like a very handy addition.
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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Bülter asks the question with a teasing ball into the box from the right. Terodde's at full stretch, but can't make contact.
There's the chance, and we have our first goal. Kolo Muani threads a pass into the feet of Lindstrom. He goes this way and that in the box, bamboozling Matriciani along the way, before firing high into the Schalke goal. It had been coming...
No clear-cut chances - yet...
Kamada races into the Schalke box, but can't direct his strike past Schwolow. He was offside, in any case. Warning signs for the Royal Blues...
Wide from Muani!
Frankfurt move the ball with pace and precision as Götze feeds Muani on the edge of the Schalke area. The Frenchman has the unmarked Ebimbe to his right, but doesn't see him and blazes off target. An apologetic hand goes up.
Kozuki? More like Susuki!
Schalke's new signing puts on the afterburners down the right-hand side. He has time to pick a cross, which Trapp does well to gather ahead of Latza in the six-yard box.
Schalke on top - just!
Frankfurt's danger man collects possession just outside the Schalke area. For a moment, it looks like he's going to go through on goal, but a drop in pace allows the visiting defenders to swarm. When he does get a shot off, it's deflected wide.
Bright start from Schalke. They're showing great hustle in the opening exchanges, and have already won a couple of free-kicks.
After 10 weeks off, we are back under way in Frankfurt!
There's a minute's silence before all games in the Bundesliga this weekend, in memory of Brazil great Pele, who passed away on 29 December 2022.
In the house
The teams have arrived in Frankfurt, and the atmosphere inside the stadium is building.
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"We’re in for a tricky game," warned Frankfurt head coach Oliver Glasner at his pre-match press conference. "We’re not interested in where they are in the table because we only look at ourselves. We have to find our rhythm and bring our game plan, energy and spirit onto the pitch. We’ve prepared specifically for Schalke and know how they play. They’re a very physical team who attack with pace. They’ll put us under pressure and draw us into challenges."
Schalke team news
Schalke are without Sebastian Polter, Sepp van den Berg, Rodrigo Zalazar and Alex Kral. Maya Yoshida has been declared fit and features. New arrivals Jere Uronen and Soichiro Kozuki are also in from the get-go.
Frankfurt team news
Schalke starting line-up
Schwolow - Brunner, Yoshida, Matriciani, Uronen - Latza (c), Krauß - Kozuki, Larsson, Bülter - Terodde
Fährmann, Greiml, Karaman, Aydin, Frey, Mohr, Ivan, Müller, Topp
Eintracht starting line-up
Trapp (c) - Jakic, Smolcic, N'Dicka - Dina Ebimbe, Kamada, Sow, Knauff - Lindstrom, Götze - Kolo Muani
Ramaj, Rode, Toure, Borre, Hasebe, Alario, Chandler, Bute, Lenz
Fresh from appearing at the FIFA World Cup with Japan, Schalke's Maya Yoshida spoke to his club's website about the importance of the Royal Blues' supporters in terms of giving the Gelsenkirchen side a much needed lift. "Our fans are simply incredible," the defender said. "We’re really thankful for their amazing support, both in home and away games – you don’t get this at many clubs. We’re never alone, regardless of where we play, and that gives us strength."
"Schalke are a very physical team who attack with pace," said Frankfurt boss Oliver Glasner on Friday. "Thomas Reis always put us under a lot of pressure when he was at Bochum and drew us into a lot of challenges. I don't expect a deep-lying opponent. It’ll be a difficult game."
Watch: Previous meeting: Schalke 4-3 Frankfurt
Reis not mincing his words
"I'm expecting the team to scrap hard and show that we're a side fighting for survival," said Schalke head coach Thomas Reis at his pre-match press conference. "We want to stay in the division and secure safety without needing the relegation play-off. That's our aim."
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Fixtures between these teams have been remarkably balanced over the years: both have won 35 of the 94 meetings to date (24 draws), with Eintracht scoring 140 times to Schalke's 137. However, those numbers change dramatically in Frankfurt, where the Eagles have won 57 percent (27 out of 47 games) of their matches against the Royal Blues, including each of their last three. You have to go all the way back to March 2010 for Schalke's last success at Deutsche Bank Park.
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Hello and welcome!
It's been a long old wait, hasn't it? Matchday 15 took place on 12/13 November last year, so it's been over two months without any Bundesliga action. This one promises to be a cracker to get us back in the mood. Frankfurt were flying before the hiatus for the World Cup, where star striker Randal Kolo Muani enhanced his reputation with runners-up France. Can they pick up where they left off against a Schalke side with a new man at the helm?