FOLLY! CRAZY! INCOMPREHENSIBLE!
Schalke returned to the Bundesliga, turned a 2-0 half-time deficit against St. Pauli into a 3-2 win and are the first to be promoted.
Schalke took advantage of the match point thanks to the error in Darmstadt on Friday (1: 2 in Düsseldorf). With the final whistle, the mega-promotion party for 62,000 fans begins in the sold-out arena. Royal blue sinks into a sea of beer and happiness.
Welcome back, Schalke 04!
Great emotions even before the match: for the 25th anniversary of the legendary Eurofighters, who won the Uefa Cup in 1997 against Inter with a score of 4: 2 on penalties, numerous stars such as the coach of the century Huub Stevens (68) and “Battle Pig” Marc Wilmots (53) present. The most spectacular scenes from the game were shown on the video cube before the Eurofighter anthem was sung in front of the north stand.
What followed was a true ascension thriller.
The St. Pauli felt in his head even before the game started. Like two weeks ago against Bremen (4: 1), the roof of the stadium must be opened at the request of the guests and against the wishes of Schalke.
But Schalke are not initially dissuaded from the discussion and have the first chance through Terodde (1st). Then the double shock!
Matanovic hits the farthest corner from a corner – 1: 0 (9 °) with the first attack.
Then the flat goalkeeper Fraisl allows himself a complete blackout, fits into the feet of Irvine, who attacks Matanovic. The striker turns around Kaminski and hits the 2-0 (17th) directly into the heart of Schalke.
The Hamburgers are super efficient, they convert two chances into two goals, and this despite great personal concerns. Earlier in the week, ten players tested positive at the Corona.
The alleged goal of Itakura (23rd) is suffered by the VAR for hand ball.
Schalke lost a number of chances in the first half (13: 4 shots on goal), had more time in the game, won more duels, but were still 0: 2 behind.
After the break, the madness of the climb.
Top scorer Terodde reduced the penalty to 1: 2 (47th) with a penalty, before scoring the 2: 2 (71st) header, his number 28 and 29 goals of the season.
And above all, the former Paulian Zalazar lets the arena and all Schalke intensify fully, slam the ball from set to the lower edge of the crossbar and into the goal – the 3: 2 (78th).
Beifus (81 ° / red) and Matanovic (90 ° + 4 / yellow-red) still fly out of the field.
But at 22:27 all the dams erupted. SCALA IS BACK!
After the final whistle, there was no restraint, and cheering Schalke fans rushed onto the pitch and a lavish royal blue party ensued.
Crowds of fans rush to the lawn, sit on the crossbar, cut out pieces of lawn and the door. Players and spectators hug each other. Up to 30,000 fans celebrated with their team on the pitch.
Simon Terodde bursts into tears soon after the match ends and falls to the ground. The scorer is embraced by the fans and cries in his arms with fellow striker Bülter. Other players, coaches and employees also cry. Emotions as far as the eye can see.
As a result, there are crowds in several places in the stands. Several people fell and were injured. First aid was provided on site by rescuers and then taken to nearby hospitals by ambulance.
The police intervention defused the rush and took the fans out of the danger zone. A police officer was injured in a fight with a Schalke fan and subsequent resistance on the Arena Ring. After that he was no longer able to work.
Matthias Büscher (53), spokesman for the Gelsenkirchen police at the BILD: “I can confirm that there were several injuries during the assault on the square. The situation was confused for a short time. We cannot yet make statements on the severity of the injuries.”
Sporting director Rouven Schröder: “It seems like a state of shock. It’s incredible what happened today. Big compliments to the whole club who believed in the promotion and supported the team. We are just delighted we did. We needed him to be 2-0 down. We won. the game deservedly because the team has always believed in it. The increase is only pleasant for all involved. Schalke 04 is alive again. “
Danny Lazza: “Tonight we turn night into day. Today we don’t care, today we go steeply without end. We knew what would happen in front of the stadium and in the stadium. We wanted it to be extreme and we forced it.”
Coach Mike Büskens: “The feeling is incredible. It was our dream. We had to fight for it, you don’t get it for free. A big compliment to the team. It’s incredible.”
There was a party not only in the Veltins Arena, but also in the streets of Gelsenkirchern. Hundreds of fans gathered on the Schalker Meile to celebrate the rise of their team with pyrotechnics, drums and fan chants.
Schalke is sure to have a long night of partying tonight!