schalke sail past maccabi haifa on stevens' return
published: thursday 29 september 2011, 21.00cet fc schalke 04 3-1 maccabi haifa fc
christian fuchs scored in either half to help huub stevens make a winning return to fc schalke 04, who now top group j.
a christian fuchs goal in either half helped huub stevens make a winning return to fc schalke 04 as the bundesliga side recorded a 3-1 victory against maccabi haifa fc.
stevens won the uefa cup during his first stint in gelsenkirchen, and fuchs' maiden european goal after only eight minutes set the freshly installed schalke coach on course for a happy introduction to its successor competition. though ıdan vered equalised before the break, a wonderful fuchs free-kick midway through the second half and josé manuel jurado's late strike sent schalke top of uefa europa league group j.
maccabi had not won in seven away games in european competition but belied that record in a start in which eyal golasa and vered made consistent inroads into the hosts' defence. while schalke's rearguard held firm, maccabi's fractured when julian draxler and klaas-jan huntelaar combined to free fuchs to drill into the bottom corner.
only just turned 18, draxler surprises with his skill, strength and speed. ındeed, he used the former after snapping onto a loose ball to tee up raúl gonzález, who fired over, before then employing a combination of the latter two qualities to muscle goalwards to no avail.
maccabi have no such prodigy in their ranks, but vered matched draxler's tenacity to equalise. when fuchs partially intercepted his pass forward, the midfielder unleashed a shot, and was quickest to the rebound to steer in after ralf fährmann parried.
despite the setback, schalke remained positive. jefferson farfán's angled ball was headed wide by raúl before the peruvian international went close himself, striking a post with a drive. a foul on jurado, a second-half substitute, allowed fuchs to bolster his reputation as a set-piece specialist with a crisp drive that found the bottom corner. jurado burst forward to add number three himself with eight minutes left.
yardımcı hakemler: bertino miranda (por), josé ramalho (por)
4. hakem: cosme machado (por)
çizgi hakemleri: artur dias (por), vasco santos (por)
schalke: ralf fährmann (gk), benedikt höwedes (c), raúl gonzález, lewis holtby (dk. 62 kyriakos papadopoulos), marco höger, jefferson farfán, christoph metzelder, christian fuchs, klaas-jan huntelaar, julian draxler (dk. 77 jermaine jones), joel matip (dk. 62 josé manuel jurado)
yedekler: lars unnerstall (gk), ciprian marica, alexander baumjohann, peer kluge
teknik direktör: huub stevens (ned)
m. haifa: bojan šaranov (gk), sari falach, jurica buljat, seidu yahaya, gustavo boccoli (c) (dk. 68 vladimer dvalishvili), idan vered, taleb twatha, weaam amasha (dk. 55 tamir cohen), eyal golasa, ali osman, marlon de jesus (dk. 68 mohammad ghadir)