24 August 2019 19:01
Schalke 0-3 Bayern Munich The end of the game drifts away, but Lewandowski's brilliance stays. Three magical goals from the Pole - he has all five of Bayern's this season - and Niko Kovac has his first win. Bayern are up and running. 82' Burgstaller is saved by the offside flag, but he still won't want to see that again. A tough day in one moment for Schalke right there.
3-0 Bayern (Lewandowski) A world-class striker has his hat trick. Coman gets a low cross to Lewandowski on the edge of the box. If Schalke can get one soon... Coutinho has looked bright, as has Perisic, but not as game-changing as prophesied. Burgstaller gets a good glancing header towards goal, but Neuer saves. Hard to say Schalke don't deserve something from the game today - even if it's just a closer scoreline - but it's equally difficult to protest that Robert Lewandowski has been anythnig other than match-winning. 62' Caligiuri wins a free kick on the edge of the box after Hernandez is late. The Schalke fans are loud and proud and desperate to see their club put something on the board. Caligiuri stands over the free kick, just to the right of the dee on the edge of the box. No VAR and then Nastasic heads over from the corner. Does anyone know what a handball is? 60' Kutucu, who came on for Raman straight after Lewandowski's second (I was still reeling from the goal) is making all the difference. Then there's an appeal for a handball in the box, but Caligiuri is offside. Nothing doing there for Schalke, but the question can be asked why did they need to concede two goals to get into the game? 56' Schalke want a penalty, but it might be asking too much. However, a header from a corner against Pavard's outstretched hand is not even discussed on VAR. All a bit desperate, but I think that handball had some legs. Coutinho and Perisic come on, with Müller and Gnabry making way. Perisic is on the left, Coutinho is in the 10. 2-0 Bayern Munich (Lewandowski) After a quick look at where Nübel was, Lewandowski curls it over the wall and in. He is winning this game for Bayern on his own. 50' A slow start to the second half bursts into life, but then McKennie gets a light tug on the shoulder of Tolisso and it's a free kick for Bayern, central spot, 30 yards out. 46' Schalke get the game restarted. Bayern lead, but haven't been convincing. Schalke have looked like doing something once or twice but have been far too passive. 42' After Gnabry is caught just offside, Schalke get another chance but Harit curls it straight at Neuer. This is better from Schalke, but it's a little late from the hosts. Just as I write that, Bayern break, Coman sets up Tolisso in the box and he fires just wide. Odd to say, but halftime now wouldn't do the game any good. 40' That was Schalke's chance. Burgstaller gets space down the right, and the cross is troubling but the man crossing is really the man you want on the end of it. Hernandez and Pavard have looked tidy, although they haven't really been called on that much. 34' Earlier than expected, Bayern can't find a way through (perhaps not being brave enough) and Schalke can't find an idea (perhaps too keen on defending first). Bayern are in control now, spraying possession around. Schalke need to unsettle them. Harit nearly does, but Neuer gets to the ball first. The question is whether Bayern can or will end the contest sooner rather than later - that is what undid them last week. 1-0 Bayern (Lewandowski) Lewandowski does that stutter thing which means he just has to direct it in the opposite corner once Nübel has committed. Classic Bayern. 19' PENALTY TO BAYERN! Kenny gets this all wrong. I've just talked about his tackling was looking strong, but he combines a trip over his own feet with the clattering of Coman's legs and that's a clear pen. Corner to Bayern, Lewandowski gets to it and powers it goalwards. Nübel makes a brilliant reflex save to keep it out. That'll do the captain the world of good, and it keeps Schalke in the game. 11' Schalke probing, asking questions. A bit similar to Cologne last night with a touch less intensity says a colleague. Bayern haven't put their foot down, much like in the first game when it took them time to get going. 4' Gnabry is fouled wide right, Bayern swing in the free kick but drop it a little short. It's perfect for Lewandowski, but his shot is easy for Nübel. One thing about David Wagner's teams that is for sure is that they don't tend to concede a lot. 1' Bayern get us underway! — Here's a question for you: when was the last time both goalkeepers were captains? — Leon Goretzka is out again today, which has frustrated the former Schalke player. Schalke are keen to put last season behind them. Bayern Munich hand a debut to Lucas Hernandez and move Joshua Kimmich into midfield. Coutinho and Perisic are on the bench. As for Schalke, while the sight of Benito Raman and Jonjoe Kenny is encouraging, the team still has some question marks. The new Schalke captain has 21 Bundesliga appearances. The other captain, a former Schalke man, has 373. Schalke XI: Nübel - Oczipka, Nastasic, Stambouli, Kenny - McKennie, Mascarell - Caligiuri, Harit, Raman - Burgstaller Bayern XI: Neuer - Pavard, Hernandez, Süle, Alaba - Tolisso, Kimmich - Gnabry, Müller, Coman - Lewandowski — Schalke fans are gathering in the sunshine before making their way through the city towards the stadium. — Worth remembering that although Schalke lost 3-1 in Munich last season, they actually looked pretty good in the first half. Youth talent Ahmed Kutucu tucked away a tidy finish in a game that might have gone another way had Schalke taken their chances. In the home fixture, Schalke lost 2-0 thanks to a great James goal and a Robert Lewandowski penalty. At least one of the goalscorers won't be repeating the feat later on today, but perhaps Ivan Perisic, Philippe Coutinho (off the bench?) or Michael Cuisance might instead? Schalke, one of the most traditional sides in Germany, face the most successful team in the country. David Wagner's debut didn't inspire much, so Schalke fans will be hoping for something more in their home opener. Against Bayern, a club desperate to record their first win of the season after drawing the opener against Hertha Berlin, that might prove a bit tricky though.