With more than 62 thousand fans in the beautiful Gelsenkirchen Stadium, Schalke 04 was able to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach by 2-0, in the opening of the 18th Matchweek of the Bundesliga, the German League.
Pushed by their fanatical fans, the Royal Blues put pressure on the opponent since the beginning of the match but also felt the strength of the rivals and suffered a little in the counterattacks.
At the beginning of the second half, with 48 minutes on the clock, in a play that started on the left, Suat Serdar received unmarked at the entrance of the area, and with enough space to try something. The midfielder had time to control the ball, look at the goal and struck an accurate shot, with no chance of defense for goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
With the advantage on the scoreboard, Schalke showed more tranquility in the organization of the plays and it didn’t take long for them to reach the second goal. At the 58th minute of the match, a stolen ball in the middle provided a deadly counterattack for Schalke.
Serdar launched Benito Raman down the left. The striker got into the area and had conditions to fire home, but he preferred to roll for Austrian Michael Gregoritsch, who only had the job of tap the ball to the back of the net and celebrate.
After that, Schalke slowed down a bit and started to control the possession, while Monchengladbach did not have the strength to seek at least a draw.
The two goals scored in the final stage ensured the home team the fourth place in the league, with 33 points, the same points as Bayern Munich (third place), who plays on Sunday against Hertha, in Berlin. Borussia Dortmund, their main rivals, has 30.
Monchengladbach’s team remains in second place (35 points), two points behind leader RB Leipzig, who enters the field this Saturday at home against Union Berlin.