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Match Report: Saints 3 – 3 Schalke 04

Alex Hammond-Gilles watched Saints’ preseason friendly against German giants Schalke 04. The game took place in Kushan, China. 

Southampton drew 3-3 against Bundesliga runners-up FC Schalke 04 in their first pre-season game at the Kunshan Sports Centre Stadium in China.

First Half

Saints had the first chance of the game and it fell to the debutant Stuart Armstrong, who attempted to slot the ball between the legs of Ralf Fahrmann, but the German ‘keeper managed to get a slight touch of the ball to slow it down and the ball was cleared before it could go over the line.

Seconds later, Matt Targett whipped in a beautiful cross, but neither Charlie Austin nor Shane Long could get the touch needed to guide the ball into the net.

Schalke took the lead after 20 minutes, as Yevhen Konoplyanka’s shot took a deflection off Pierre-Emile Højbjerg, which made the ball loop just out of reach of Alex McCarthy’s gloves.

On the brink of half-time, Austin showed great hold-up play to create an opportunity for Nathan Redmond, which he comfortably slotted into the corner of Fahrmann’s goal.

Second Half 

Two minutes into the second half Saints took the lead as Jordy Clasie played a wonderful through ball into the path of Harrison Reed, who showed great strength to shrug off the defender and place the ball through Alexander Nubel’s legs.

Seven minutes later Die Knappen were level as Suat Serdar picked the ball up on the edge of the D and finessed the ball past Fraser Forster’s near post.

Eight minutes past the hour mark Southampton youngster Jake Hesketh made it 3-2 as his shot on the edge of the box took a heavy deflection off Benjamin Stambouli, which wrong-footed Nubel.

Six minutes from time, Schalke found the leveller in stunning style as Steven Skrzybski unleashed a rocket from distance which flew past Forster.

Southampton next face Jiangsu Suning on Wednesday July 11 at the Xuzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium. Kick off is at 12:30 pm UK time.

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