Saturday, May 16, 2009

Schalke frustrates Hertha BSC

Die Königsblauen put forth a brilliant effort Saturday afternoon as they stymied Hertha BSC in route to a nil draw at the Olympiastadion. With chances for European football long since forgotten the match was effectively for pride and with the Berliners still fighting for the Bundesliga title, it was an extraordinary performance.

With Heiko Westermann and Halil Altintop back in the lineup, Schalke was resolute in returning from their journey to the capital with a point. Complete ball possession dominated the proceeding as Schalke greatly limited the Berliners efforts. However that isn't to say they didn't have their chances, most notably with Crvena Zvezda product Marko Pantelić consistently denied by "man of the match", Schalke 'keeper Manuel Neuer. On the opposite end, Schalke's efforts were pinned back most notably with Pál Dárdai and Serbian international Gojko Kačar keeping advances in-check. Just before the hour mark Andriy Voronin came in for Hertha but there was no way through as the match ended without a score.

Schalke's season comes to a close next Saturday against Hoffenheim at home in Gelsenkirchen.