Schalke ease past 10-man Nice

Schalke ran out comfortable 2-0 winners over Nice in a Europa League Group I encounter at the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen on Thursday.

  • Schalke 2 Nice 0
  • Konoplyanka gives hosts early lead
  • Schalke control most the game
  • Aogo seals win from the spot
  • Tekpetey sees red in stoppage time

Match Summary

After an early scare when Anastasios Donis hit the post for the visitors, the Royal Blues took control of the match and cruised to victory courtesy of goals from Yevhen Konoplyanka (15′) and Dennis Aogo (80′ pen).

Full Report

After a cagey opening, Nice had the first chance of the game when Donis struck the woodwork with a swirling shot from the edge of the area in the 10th minute.

That miss proved crucial as just five minutes later the hosts took the lead through Konoplyanka, who took advantage of a terrible blunder by Nice goalkeeper Yoan Cardinale.

The shot-stopper failed to deal with a rather tame effort from Max Meyer, with the ball falling at the feet of Konoplyanka for an easy tap-in.

Although Schalke were leading, and enjoying most of the possession, they failed to test Cardinale any further in the first half.

They had the first opportunity on goal in the second half, but Fabian Reese missed with his diving header with an open net in front him.

With the German club already assured of top spot in the group, the onus was on their French opponents to be more adventurous, and they did try to play more on the front foot but the home team were fairly comfortable.

The game was killed off as a contest when Aogo struck from the penalty spot 10 minutes from the end after Bernard Tekpetey was fouled in the box by Vincent Koziello.

It got worse for Tekpetey – and Nice – when he was given his marching orders in stoppage after picking up his second booking.