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Pander provides Schalke advantage

Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 23.30CET
FC Schalke 04 1-0 Club Atlético de Madrid
A fine Christian Pander free-kick secured Schalke victory and a slender lead to take into the return in two weeks.
by Alois Urban
Pander provides Schalke advantage
Christian Pander is mobbed by his team-mates after putting Schalke ahead ©Getty Images

Match statistics

SchalkeAtlético

Goals scored1
 
0
Attempts on target1
 
0
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Offsides0
 
0
Fouls committed0
 
0
Yellow cards3
 
7
Red cards0
1

Standings

 
Published: Wednesday 13 August 2008, 23.30CET

Pander provides Schalke advantage

FC Schalke 04 1-0 Club Atlético de Madrid
A fine Christian Pander free-kick secured Schalke victory and a slender lead to take into the return in two weeks.

An exquisite Christian Pander free-kick secured FC Schalke 04 victory against Club Atlético de Madrid and a slender lead to take into the second leg in two weeks' time.

First-half reward
Pander's 30th-minute set-piece capped an enterprising opening by Schalke though the hosts' dominance subsided after half-time. Indeed, Atlético could have grabbed an important away goal but could not convert any of their chances and were reduced to ten men 14 minutes from time when Antonio López was dismissed for a second yellow card. 

Rakitić chance
A capacity crowd of 54,142 in Gelsenkirchen witnessed the Bundesliga club get off to the better start in a game which proved captivating from the outset. With just 60 seconds gone, Fred Rutten's side had a fantastic chance when Jermaine Jones swung in a right-wing cross which found its way to Ivan Rakitić and the midfielder's drive from ten metres was well turned over by Atlético goalkeeper Leo Franco. Rakitić had another chance minutes later, and though he miscued an attempted glancing header, Schalke were finally rewarded for their efforts on the half-hour mark as Pander bent a free-kick into the top corner.

Atlético attempts
The visitors gradually awoke from their slumber and created their first openings just before the break, Maxi Rodríguez forcing Schalke goalkeeper Mathias Schober into action with a shot from distance before Florent Sinama Pongolle directed an effort just wide. It was a sign of things to come and after the restart Atlético went in search of an equaliser. Within five minutes, Diego Forlán fed Sinama Pongolle, who powered past Benedikt Höwedes but was unable to slip the ball beyond Schober. Substitute Luis García wasted another chance though with pressure mounting the visitors were reduced to ten men with 14 minutes left as López received his second yellow for a foul on Jones. Atlético reverted to defence and held on to remain in the hunt for their first group stage appearance in 12 years.

Last updated: 14/08/08 0.35CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

atlético

Atlético

33
SchoberMathias Schober (GK)
25
Leo FrancoLeo Franco (GK)
24
PanderChristian Pander
Goal30
18
UjfalušiTomáš Ujfaluši
23
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes
3
Antonio LópezAntonio López
Yellow Card29
Red Card76
2
WestermannHeiko Westermann
21
PereaLuis Perea
5
BordonMarcelo Bordon (C)
11
Maxi RodríguezMaxi Rodríguez (C)
Yellow Card82
10
RakitićIvan Rakitić
Substitution78
12
Paulo AssunçãoPaulo Assunção
8
ErnstFabian Ernst
Yellow Card10
20
SimãoSimão
Substitution85
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Yellow Card42
Substitution70
8
Raúl GarcíaRaúl García
Yellow Card19
37
EngelaarOrlando Engelaar
15
HeitingaJohn Heitinga
Yellow Card35
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Yellow Card89
14
Sinama PongolleFlorent Sinama Pongolle
Substitution67
22
KuranyiKevin Kuranyi
7
ForlánDiego Forlán

Substitutes

32
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
1
CoupetGrégory Coupet (GK)
3
KobiashviliLevan Kobiashvili
4
PerníaMariano Pernía
Substitution85
Yellow Card88
14
AsamoahGerald Asamoah
Substitution78
6
Cléber SantanaCléber Santana
19
Halil AltıntopHalil Altıntop
Substitution70
9
Luis GarcíaLuis García
Substitution67
Yellow Card90+1
21
GrossmüllerCarlos Grossmüller
19
De las CuevasMiguel de las Cuevas
25
ZambranoCarlos Zambrano
22
Pablo IbáñezPablo Ibáñez
27
Vicente SánchezVicente Sánchez
24
CamachoIgnacio Camacho

Coach

Fred Rutten (NED) Javier Aguirre (MEX)

Referee

Peter Fröjdfeldt (SWE)

Assistant referees

Stefan Wittberg (SWE), Joakim Flink (SWE)

Fourth official

Daniel Stålhammar (SWE)

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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