Saturday, May 23, 2009

Schalke losses 3-2 to Hoffenheim

Schalke supporters will be please to see this season finally come to an end. "Fittingly" the terrible season, the lowest place finish of the decade, ended with a disappointing 3-2 loss to Hoffenheim in Gelsenkirchen.

Die Königsblauen fell behind 1-0 four minutes perform the hour as Demba Ba turned in Carlos Eduardo's cross. The goal came after Hoffenheim 'keeper Timo Hildebrand had denied Schalke twice in the early stages of the day. However at the strike of the half hour there was no stopping Mladen Krstajić as he headed-in Ivan Rakitić’s corner from the right. Only four minutes later Benedikt Höwedes surged into the box before crossing to Jefferson Farfán for a close range finish. Despite controlling the majority of possession, Hoffenheim brought the match level again as Carlos Eduardo dipped a free-kick over the wall in. However Schalke's hope for finishing off outside of the loss column ended as Rafinha was adjudged to bringing down Fabrício in the area and Eduardo converted from the spot.