Schalke 04 has strong episodes the dress rehearsal for the Cup final: the team of coach Ralf Rangnick lost on the final day of the Bundesliga 2-1 at the 1 FC Cologne.
Cologne (SID) - Schalke 04 has strong episodes the dress rehearsal for the Cup final and a week before the supposed highlight of season reached a new low point. The team of coach Ralf Rangnick lost 1: 2 (1-0) at the 1 FC Cologne on the final day of the Bundesliga and will get in this way also with the second division MSV Duisburg in the Cup final next Saturday in Berlin some problems.
Incomprehensible: After the sixth competitive defeat in series in the probably last League match of goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as Schalke, the Champions League semifinalist Funftletzter finished the season ranked 14 and thus. Finke as caretaker manager and nine victories from the last ten home games missed the Cologne after the final with three wins from three games under sporting Director Volker the single-digit table ranks only. Milovoje Novakovic also finished the season as third scorer of the League after his 17 season hit a 1-0 (25). Ekdal increased with a sensational strike from 35 metres, where new was not a good figure to 2: 0 (60.). Raul managed only consolation for the Gelsenkirchener with his 13 season hit (87.).
For both teams no longer really something was that it was from the first minute to clear. The Cologne fans were more original than the players on the pitch: you expressed their desire for a replacement of the Club's management with duration songs "Board out!", minute by minute changing posters and various sayings and irritated the Schalke with songs such as "German champion is only the BVB!".
The visitors even employed especially to got to see little long. This significantly changed shortly after the fans had changed their focus. In the 22nd minute, they fired for the first time in their team, no led three minutes later: miso Brecko cross the ball in the penalty area, Benedikt Howedes slipped away after a quickly executed free kick from Lukas Podolski and vollstreckte Novakovic.
Schalke from its lethargy woke up after the equaliser. Rangnick was stinksauer and responded iron: already in the 35th minute edu and Alexander Baumjohann from the field and without sports greeting were in the cabin. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Julian Draxler came for them.
This was at least a little effect: two minutes before the break Jose Manuel Jurado chipped the ball to the unleashed; Cologne keeper Michael Rensing was to his 27 lucky a birthday dares, when bounced the ball from there to the lower leg off him, but not in goal.
At the beginning of the second half, the FC fans continued the perhaps most unusual poster Aria of in Bundesliga history, the Schalke fell again into Schlafmutzigkeit. It also new settled next to the indisponierten this time completely Defense Chief Howedes briefly infected, his mistake after a corner was but unpunished (47.). But the Nationalkeeper looked bad in the make of Jajalo to a 0-2.