October 27, 2012
Schalke 04 1-0 Nurnberg
Schalke completed a week to remember with a 1-0 win over Nurnberg taking them up to second in the Bundesliga, just four points behind Bayern Munich.
After beating Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal on their travels, the Royal Blues were back at the Arena AufSchalke today, but the outcome was the same as they triumphed thanks to a Jefferson Farfan goal.
The Peruvian's late strike broke the Bavarian side's resistance and earned Huub Stevens' team their sixth win of the season while Nurnberg's slump continues with their fifth defeat in their last six games.
Schalke set out their stall early on, but it was clear that Nurnberg only had one thing on their mind - defend a point.
Their tactics were working too as Klaas Jan Huntelaar and Farfan were kept at a safe distance from the Nurnberg goal.
When they did find a way through, debutant goalkeeper Patrick Rakovsky ensured they did not come any further, although he was not seriously tested in the first half of his first Bundesliga game.
He was beaten early in the second half, but Joel Matip's header was cleared off the line by a defender before Rakovsky got his hands on the ball again to deny Ibrahim Afellay's from distance.
The linesman's flag came to Nurnberg's rescue next as Huntelaar's goal was ruled out.
Schalke's persistence was ultimately rewarded, though, when Christian Fuchs and Julian Draxler combined to set up Farfan, who dispatched the ball with aplomb.
Nurnberg's heads dropped and Huntelaar and Jermaine Jones both missed chances to make it two, although the priority of getting the three points was achieved all the same.
|Jefferson Farfan (77')|
|36 Lars Unnerstall||22 Peter Rakovsky|
|32 Joel Matip||15 Timm Klose|
|4 Benedikt Höwedes||3 Per Nilsson|
|23 Christian Fuchs||25 Javier Horacio Pinola|
|22 Atsuto Uchida||26 Timothy Chandler|
|33 Roman Neustädter||5 Hanno Balitsch|
|13 Jermaine Jones||2 Timmy Simons|
|25 Klaas-Jan Huntelaar||9 Tomas Pekhart|
|10 Lewis Holtby||13 Hiroshi Kiyotake|
|11 Ibrahim Afellay||10 Timo Gebhart|
|17 Jefferson Farfan||17 Mike Frantz|
|34 Timo Hildebrand||Markus Feulner 7|
|8 Ciprian Marica||Alexander Esswein 33|
|27 Tranquillo Barnetta||Sebastian Polter 8|
|28 Christoph Moritz||Almog Cohen 18|
|12 Marco Höger||Marvin Plattenhardt 21|
|31 Julian Draxler||Noah Korczowski 19|
|35 Saed Kolasinac||Max Nawe 36|
|Julian Draxler for Lewis Holtby (58)||Markus Feulner for Mike Frantz (23)|
|Tranquillo Barnetta for Ibrahim Afellay (69)||Almog Cohen for Hanno Balitsch (69)|
|Marco Höger for Jefferson Farfan (81)||Alexander Esswein for Timo Gebhart (80)|
|Tomas Pekhart (32)|
|Javier Horacio Pinola (52)|
|Timo Gebhart (61)|
|· Squads: Schalke 04 | Nurnberg|