FC Schalke 0 - 3 FC Augsburg
The Everton full-back is on loan with FC Schalke 04 for the season where he has enjoyed a good campaign and he got back on the pitch last weekend before his Toffees team-mates when "Die Königsblauen" (the Royal Blues) were beaten heavily by Borussia Dortmund. And it was if anything more embarrassing going down at home 3-0 today to lowly Augsburg.
As will be the case with the English Premier League under 'Project Restart', the game took place behind closed doors at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, with supporters forced to watch from home because of safety protocols barring large gatherings. Kick-off was at 12:30 BST with live streaming on BT Sport.
While the United Kingdom now has the highest number of officially recorded deaths from Covid-19 in Europe at 36,675, Germany has 8,625 and with the number of active cases on the significant decline, Chancellor Angela Merkel is continuing to ease restrictions in her country.
Many Evertonians have adopted Schalke as their German team for the restart because of their similar colours and the Kenny connection but they are struggling to keep themselves in contention for Europa League qualification before the Bundesliga was suspended in March.
Managed by former Huddersfield Town boss, David Wagner, they slipped from 6th to 8th place since the Bundesliga restarted. They were 6 places above Augsburg in 14th, whose recent record is as poor as Schalke's — both teams having lost four of the last five games in the Bundesliga.
Kenny put in a handful of quality crosses during the game, but Schalke's toothless attack was unable to profit.
Augsburg's Eduard Lowen curled in a sensational free-kick from 23 metres in the 6th minute and Nigeria winger Noah Sarenren Bazee slotted home in the 76th before Sergio Cordova added the third in stoppage time.
Schalke, now without a win in nine league games, slipped down to 8th place on 37 points while Augsburg's first victory after four straight losses lifted them to 12th on 30, just 7 points above the relegation playoff spot.
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1 Posted 24/05/2020 at 12:08:12
The players clearly have to find their rhythm again, after the sudden stop, and were probably more used to the emptiness of the stadium.
2 Posted 24/05/2020 at 12:26:18
3 Posted 24/05/2020 at 13:21:07
4 Posted 24/05/2020 at 14:19:48
5 Posted 24/05/2020 at 14:31:27
Tidy play but no threat up front. The goalkeeper situation hasn't helped them and is now also a problem for them as Nubels probably won't play for Schalke again ahead of his agreed move to Bayern in the summer.
Shame as they could be hugely successful but the business model is to sell on the talent in the knowledge that a replacement is in bound from the conveyor belt that is their academy. That's why they end up with ex-Huddersfield managers; which top manager or coach will take on the job knowing they have to follow that model?
Huge club, huge name, proud history & massive, passionate support. but. Sound familiar? And it's not just the colours!!
6 Posted 24/05/2020 at 14:33:54
7 Posted 24/05/2020 at 14:59:53
8 Posted 24/05/2020 at 15:10:52
9 Posted 24/05/2020 at 15:27:42
10 Posted 24/05/2020 at 15:35:02
I know he never went on to become a top, top drawer centre back, but we did have a certain Mustafi on our books. A future World Cup winner, who's Everton career reads 2009 - 2012 performances: zero.
Clearly Mr Moyes didn't rate him!
11 Posted 24/05/2020 at 16:20:51
12 Posted 24/05/2020 at 16:31:45
Interesting insight on the programme today that I mentioned previously, Poldolski was born in Poland but moved to Germany with his parents aged 2 and grew up in the Köln (Cologne) area.
He wanted to play for Poland; however, the Polish coach at the time rejected him, so he played for his adopted country instead.
Amazing how decisions go like that. From a professional perspective, Podolski went on to win the World Cup, but his heart was with his motherland. Similarly, Klose said Poland were too late in approaching him as he would have chosen them. Both World Cup winners with Germany.
13 Posted 24/05/2020 at 18:11:14
Drew 1, lost 4,
Scored 1; conceded 16.
It does not look good for Kenny and Todigo who are in their defence.
15 Posted 24/05/2020 at 21:11:39
If you watch those games you cant hold Kenny responsible.
Schalke are a shambles. They play just like the gutless Everton side under Silva. That's why I call Wagner the German Silva.
They are far too cautious and caught in possession quite often which means they get caught on the break a lot. They have a lot of possession but don't do anything with it.
Todibo didn't play today. He got injured against Dortmund but didn't play well in that game.
Most of their goals against have come from midfield players losing the ball in the middle of the Park or just in front of the opponents box.
Kenny looks good but not exceptional and the jury is still out on Todibo who I have not been impressed with when I have watched them.
16 Posted 24/05/2020 at 22:08:11
17 Posted 24/05/2020 at 23:26:19
18 Posted 25/05/2020 at 11:43:57
And here is some footage of him playing for Germany against England:
Skip to 04:24 for young, tussled Tosun scoring a penalty.
19 Posted 25/05/2020 at 11:53:42
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