MSV Duisburg 0-5 Schalke 04

Posted on May 21, 2011

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SCHALKE 04 signed off the season in style with a commanding 5-0 win over MSV Duisburg to lift the German Cup in Berlin.

Goals from Julian Draxler, Benedikt Howedes, Jose Manuel Jurado and two from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar helped Ralf Rangnick’s side steam-roll their Bundesliga.2 opposition in front of 75,000 at the Olympiastadion and book a place in the Europa League for next season.

Duisburg coach Milan Sasic made just the one change from the defeat at Bochum last weekend and brought back captain Ivica Grlic in midfield to replace Filip Trojan.

Sasic went for a 4-2-3-1 system, which reverted in to a straight 4-5-1 when Schalke had possession, and deployed Manuel Schaffler in the lone striker role with Stefan Maierhofer injured.

Ralf Rangnick’s side made four changes from the team which lost 2-1 in Cologne last week with Hans Sarpei, Jefferson Farfan, Julian Draxler and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar coming in for the Royal Blues.

Sarpei came in at left-back for Japanese defender Astuto Uchida and he was joined across the usual back-four for Schalke of Howedes, Metzelder and Papadopolous.

Peer Kluge started in midfield for the 23rd time this season, and he was joined by Spanish midfielder Jose Manuel Jurado who has had an impressive second-half of the season.

Jefferson Farfan and Julian Draxler joined Raul in supporting striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar for Die Konigsblauen.

Manuel Neuer captained Schalke and started in goal possibly for the last time with a move away from Gelsenkirchen imminent.

MSV Duisburg 0-5 Schalke: 90 minutes

The Olympiastadion in Berlin was in fine voice pre-match for the DFB Pokal final and it was Ralf Rangnick’s men who started the better of the two sides.

The game was devoid of any clear-cut chances until the 15th minute when Raul’s neat free-kick to the back-post was headed back across by Metzelder and met by Papadopolous who produced a fantastic save from David Yelldell.

And Schalke would not have to wait long for the opening goal after a lovely move involving Jefferson Farfan who played in teenager Julian Draxler who fired in a powerful volley from the edge of the penalty area.

The Bundesliga side doubled their lead and again, Peruvian attacker Jefferson Farfan was the provider as he slid a neat pass in to the channel for Dutch striker Huntelaar and he fired low past Yelldell in the Duisburg goal.

Farfan almost provided another goal when he linked up well with Raul to find space on the right-hand side of the box but his low-cross aimed for Huntelaar was hit with too much pace.

Duisburg were slowly creeping back in to the game and MSV had two chances to beat Manuel Neuer that they should have done better with. On 35 minutes, Olcay Sahan fired over the bar from 18 yards after good defending from Howedes to pressurise the German-born Turkish attacker.

Just a few minutes later, Manuel Schaffler had his first effort of the game after twisting away from Metzelder inside the box but his right-foot shot was easy for Neuer to collect.

Against the run of play, Benedikt Howedes headed home Farfan’s corner kick to make it 3-0 to Schalke just three minutes before the half-time interval.

An early Schalke break in the second-half almost resulted in a fourth goal but Jurado’s shot was parried by Yelldell and finally cleared by Banovic.

Jurado finished cooly against Yelldell to net a fourth for Schalke on 56 minutes and put the game out of sight.

With 20 minutes remaining, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar fired home the fifth goal of the evening after some terrible defending from Duisburg and Huntelaar pounced to stroke the ball home.

Schalke continued to boss the game comfortably and it looked towards the end like Duisburg had already accepted defeat and wanted to leave the field of play.

Ralf Rangnick’s side held on without any pressure to lift the fifth German Cup in the club’s history.

MSV Duisburg: Lacked cutting edge and missed some big players

The build-up was arguably the best part of the experience for Duisburg’s fans who travelled to Berlin for the final after seeing their team thumped by Schalke this evening.

Ivica Grlic and Benjamin Kern passed late fitness tests and were brought in to the starting line-up but Milan Sasic’s side really missed a number of other players that were ruled out of the final.

Stefan Maierhofer had netted eight goals for MSV and he was ruled out along with 22-year-old Bruno Soares who had played 30 league games in this campaign.

The fragility of the Duisburg defence showed that Soares was sorely missed tonight and the majority of the goals were brought on through terrible defending rather than excellent play from Schalke.

It was disappointing to see Grlic and Yilmaz rarely on the ball in attacking areas as they showed in small glimpses they had the ability to make things happen and provide service to Manuel Schaffler.

Duisburg will take heart from their cup run that saw them defeat Koln, Kaiserslutern and Cottbus on the way to the final and will be hoping younger players such as Yilmaz (21), Sahan (23), Exslager (20) and Koch (2o) can learn from their experiences to push for Bundesliga promotion next season.

Schalke 04: Quality shone through – Another European run beckons

Schalke’s cup victory means that they will participate in the UEFA Europa League next season and that will be a huge boost to Die Konigsblauen after a memorable run in the Champions League this term.

In the end, the better team won on the night with Duisburg nowhere near at the same level as their Ruhr neighbours.

Jefferson Farfan was excellent on the right-side of the attack and had a hand in three of the first-half goals and was constantly a threat for the 90 minutes.

17-year-old Julian Draxler had scored a fantastic goal and has quickly created a reputation for himself after the stunning winner against Nurnberg in extra-time and his performance this evening in the final.

It was refreshing to see Huntelaar looking like his clinical old-self and he’ll be delighted to have netted twice in the Cup final with Brazilian striker Edu looking like the favoured option so far under Rangnick.

After a turbulent domestic season that saw a managerial change in April, Schalke will be hoping the DFB Pokal win tonight is a spring-board to an improved campaign next season under Ralf Rangnick who will be looking to strengthen Schalke’s options in the summer transfer window.

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