Bundesliga relegated Schalle 04 missed the leap to relegation place third in the 2nd Bundesliga. Despite a largely dominant style of play, the Gelsenkircheners did not get past 1-1 (0-0) against Holstein Kiel.
Alexander Mühling put the guests ahead in the 67th minute with a remarkable long-range shot. Six minutes later, striker Simon Terodde equalized with his 13th goal of the season. For the North Germans, the appearance in Gelsenkirchen was the first competitive game at Schalke in 81 years.
“We had enough chances in the first half to take the lead. If we succeed, it will be very difficult for Kiel. In the end it was an open game,” said coach Dimitrios Grammozis on the “Sky” microphone.
Terodde could have put the hosts ahead in the fifth minute, but only hit the crossbar from close range. Half an hour later, Salif Sane failed with a long-range shot by Kiel goalkeeper Thomas Dähne.
Seconds before the half-time whistle, there was a threat in front of the Schalke goal for the first time, but Martin Fraisl was able to fend off a free-kick from Mikkel Kirkeskov for a corner.
Even after the change of sides, coach Dimitrios Grammozis’ team was the superior team, but there were initially no more chances to score. Only after the two goals did the game become more lively and exciting again.