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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.
by Ian Holyman
from Arena AufSchalke

Match statistics

SchalkeM. Haifa

Goals scored3
 
1
Attempts on target5
 
6
Attempts off target7
 
6
Corners4
 
6
Offsides2
 
4
Fouls committed13
 
16
Yellow cards1
 
4
Red cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 17/05/2012 12:51 CET

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Published: Thursday 29 September 2011, 21.00CET

Schalke sail past Maccabi Haifa on Stevens' return

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 Idan 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. Indeed, 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.

Last updated: 26/09/14 5.04CET

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Lineups

schalke

Schalke

m. haifa

M. Haifa

1
FährmannRalf Fährmann (GK)
22
ŠaranovBojan Šaranov (GK)
4
HöwedesBenedikt Höwedes (C)
2
FalachSari Falach
7
Raúl GonzálezRaúl González
3
BuljatJurica Buljat
10
HoltbyLewis Holtby
Substitution62
6
YahayaSeidu Yahaya
12
HögerMarco Höger
7
BoccoliGustavo Boccoli (C)
Substitution68
17
FarfánJefferson Farfán
Yellow Card59
11
VeredIdan Vered
Goal35
21
MetzelderChristoph Metzelder
13
TwathaTaleb Twatha
Yellow Card73
23
FuchsChristian Fuchs
Goal8
Goal66
14
AmashaWeaam Amasha
Substitution55
25
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
15
GolasaEyal Golasa
31
DraxlerJulian Draxler
Substitution77
18
OsmanAli Osman
Yellow Card90
32
MatipJoel Matip
Substitution62
28
De JesusMarlon De Jesus
Substitution68

Substitutes

36
UnnerstallLars Unnerstall (GK)
1
DavidovitchNir Davidovitch (GK)
8
MaricaCiprian Marica
4
DganiOrel Dgani
11
BaumjohannAlexander Baumjohann
5
I. CohenItzhak Cohen
13
JonesJermaine Jones
Substitution77
9
DvalishviliVladimer Dvalishvili
Substitution68
Yellow Card81
14
K. PapadopoulosKyriakos Papadopoulos
Substitution62
16
GhadirMohammad Ghadir
Substitution68
18
JuradoJosé Manuel Jurado
Substitution62
Goal82
17
TurgemanAlon Turgeman
24
KlugePeer Kluge
21
T. CohenTamir Cohen
Substitution55
Yellow Card57

Coach

Huub Stevens (NED) Elisha Levi (ISR)

Referee

Manuel De Sousa (POR)

Assistant referees

Bertino Miranda (POR), José Ramalho (POR)

Fourth official

Cosme Machado (POR)

Additional assistant referees

Artur Dias (POR), Vasco Santos (POR)

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