Schalke shock Leipzig in season opener

Schalke Bentaleb

Last year’s Bundesliga runners-up RB Leipzig suffered a surprise 2-0 defeat at the hands of a spirited FC Schalke 04 outfit at the Veltins Arena on Saturday.

  • Schalke 2 RB Leipzig 0
  • Bentaleb on the spot on 43 minutes
  • Konoplyanka add a second on 73

Match summary

Nabil Bentaleb made no mistake from a first half penalty to give the hosts the lead before Yevhen Konoplyanka sent the home fans wild with his goal in the second half.

Full report

Leipzig were first out of the blocks with Marcel Halstenberg off target from the edge of the box early on.

Leon Goretzka then forced a good save from a Peter Gulacsi from a Bastian Oczipka cross that was heading into the bottom-right corner of the net.

Konrad Laimer then fired high and wide before Timo Werner’s effort was blocked en route to goal after 18 minutes as the visitors looked to take control of this tie.

Schalke though were not without their chances, and Konoplyanka got a good shot away, onto to see it also well blocked.

Thilo Kehrer tried his luck with a long-range shot on 24 minutes ahead of a strong save from Gulacsi from a Bentaleb effort that was heading into the top corner of the net.

And with the half winding down, Franco Di Santo picked up a pass from Konoplyanka but couldn’t keep his shot down.

Bentaleb had another effort that was calmly saved before putting his side ahead from the penalty spot after a foul by Dayotchanculle Upamecano, with 43 minutes on the clock.

Di Santo looked to add a second at the beginning of the second half, while Forsberg saw a similar outcome, with his shot well off target moments later.

Naby Keita fed Marcel Sabitzer on 55 minutes, and he let rip with a fierce drive that was saved by Ralf Fahrmann.

Substitute Fabian Reese wasted a good opportunity for a second goal Schalke with 67 minutes played, but Konoplyanka had better luck in the 73rd minute with a super shot that flew into the top right corner after a swift break forward from Amine Harit, who played a perfect throughball.

Jean-Kévin Augustin, Sabitzer and Emil Forsberg all came close as the away side tried to get back into this game but Fahrmann was equal to a late Keita shot.

Schalke though really should have added a third in the dying second as Daniel Caligiuri hit the right post when it may have been easier to score.

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