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Birthday Boy Suat Serdar fires Schalke to uncommon win over Augsburg

Suat Serdar celebrated his twenty fourth Birthday by scoring the successful aim for backside aspect Schalke in opposition to Augsburg.

Schalke 1-0 Augsburg
Targets: 1-0 Serdar (4′)

Desperately unfortunate to have come away from their assembly with Bayer Leverkusen empty-handed final day out, Schalke obtained off to a flier on the Veltins-Area. An uncharacteristic Rafal Gikiewicz mistake was punished by Serdar, who wanted no invitation to show residence Can Bozdogan’s fumbled cross from shut vary. There was a whiff of offside in opposition to Klaas-Jan Hunterlaar within the build-up, however the aim stood following a VAR evaluation. Huntelaar drove goalwards on the flip quickly after, just for a deflection to take his effort large. Marco Richter examined the returning Ralf Fährmann with Augsburg’s solely opening of word, earlier than the energetic Serdar directed Amine Harit’s cut-back narrowly large on the different finish.

Augsburg confirmed a marked enchancment after the break, with a mixture of Fährmann and the woodwork retaining out Ruben Vargas’s near-post effort. Richter ought to have gone one higher with the guests’ subsequent effort, however ballooned Raphael Framberger’s back-post cross over from shut vary. Unable to show possession into an equalising aim, Augsburg had Gikiewicz to thank for not falling additional behind within the closing phases. The Polish goalkeeper pulled off an outstanding diving secure to maintain out Huntelaar’s 25-yard free kick, however his earlier blunder proved decisive. Dimitrios Grammozis’s first win as Schalke coach closes the hole on the relegation play-off spot to 12 factors, albeit with solely six rounds of fixtures remaining. Augsburg keep eleventh.

Match stats

  • Schalke ended a run of 12 Bundesliga video games with no win.
  • The Royal Blues had not scored in 5 residence video games – six would have been an undesirable membership file.
  • Serdar scored his first league objectives of the season. He was Schalke’s seven-goal high scorer in 2019/20.
  • Huntelaar made his second successive Bundesliga begin, and fourth league look since rejoining Schalke in January.
  • Schalke’s file in opposition to Augsburg is their greatest in opposition to any present Bundesliga aspect.
  • Augsburg have misplaced six of their final seven Bundesliga away video games.

Line-ups

Schalke: Fährmann – Becker, Stambouli, Thiaw – Aydin, Mascarell (c), Bozdogan (Mustafi 78′), Oczipka (Kolasinac 74′) – Serdar – Huntelaar (Hoppe 84′), Harit (Paciencia 84′)
Unused subs: Rönnow, William, Sane, Schöpf, Calhanoglu
Out: Bentaleb (groin), Boujellab (ankle), Ludewig (foot), Mendyl (ankle), Mercan (knee), Nastasic (calf), Skrzybski (knee)
Coach: 
Dimitrios Grammozis

Augsburg: Gikiewicz – Framberger, Gouweleeuw (c), Uduokhai, Gumny (Pedersen 71′) – Khedira, Gruezo – Caligiuri (Niederlechner 71′), Vargas (Gregoritsch 79′), Richter – Hahn (Benes 79′)
Unused subs: Koubek, Suchy, Sarenren Bazee, Strobl, Oxford
Out: Civeja (pelvis), Iago (ankle), Jensen (thigh)
Coach:
Heiko Herrlich

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