“Next easy ball loss for the hosts” (8:50).
“The chance was gone, but not with Guido Burgstaller” (9:40, the 1:0).
“If he stops, he must have it”. (23:20; Fährmann after Wolfsburg free-kick).
“Half hour over, Schalke deserved to lead 1:0, although the great structure they had in their attacking play for the first 10, 15 minutes, they don’t have that anymore at the moment.”
“That’s also son duel behaviour at the moment with Schalke, that’s too little, they’re close to the ball, running behind, but no one attacking…” (31:20).
“It’s slowly seeping through, this Schalke behaviour, it’s slowly seeping through to Wolfsburg. So the first ones are taking heart.” (32:10).
“Kehrer runs 40 metres until someone decides to take the ball from him.
“There’s still not enough movement. Schöpf had the ball and was hoping that someone would come towards him, a Meyer, a Harit, and they were hoping that he would do something different and didn’t come towards him.” (36:35).
“Kehrer, same story as just now, and runs and runs and runs, but gets him through there somehow. Piaza, Goretzka, is still lucky that the rebound goes there, Burgstaller, simply goes in, there’s nobody there. As I said. Burgstaller on Burgstaller would be the only thing that would work here.” (37:00).
“It’s a pity, the nice level of the first 20 minutes has been lost somewhere in the depths of the room. And I’m thinking, where is it and why. I mean, Wolfsburg haven’t got so much better now that Schalke can hardly breathe and on the other hand Schalke aren’t so strong now that Wolfsburg don’t know where the ball is. And still a lot of piecemeal, misunderstandings, unfinished actions. ” (40:00).
“Goretzka is late there too. Guilavogui offered him everything, it took him ages to control the ball.”
“He’s unhappy with everything. Well, he can be happy with the result and with VfL Wolfsburg, because they haven’t put his team in trouble at all here so far. One crossbar, yes, that’s all the danger there is.” (Tedesco faded in scolding, then play continues; 54:45; shortly before that, however, clear penalty for Wolfsburg NOT given).
“Oczipka, nobody able to disturb him, difficult ball for Kehrer, does nothing.” (82:00).
“Wolfsburg barely get the ball around three times without accident in their own ranks. That was one, Mehmedi, alone, gets felled, next yellow,…” (83:xx).
“So, it goes wide and long and Origi is there and suddenly …. Goretzka in front of the line… Wolfsburg get a chance.” (84:00, from the free-kick after a foul on Mehmedi).
“Yes, that’s just how it goes. And at some point they get a team that makes something out of it. Slapstick here, everything back and forth, Goretzka puts it forward, Osimhen, Didavi back again, Goretzka clearly in front of the line.” (84:35, replay of chance after free kick).
“At Wolfsburg, the realisation seeps through that there is no second leg at all.” (85:10).
(after 87:35) : “With all the late goals that have been scored recently, you have to be very careful as a commentator. On the other hand, maybe two minutes plus injury time before the end, I ask myself: where is the fight back? Where is the courage to say ‘hey, come on, let’s do another one’? Schalke are grateful for that, they play it down, they only got into trouble once after the change of ends, with that pinball.
After 88:18: “Malli, with Didavi, and Malli, and Didavi, Osimhen on his way in, Didavi, there was an alarm, Arnold too, Malli, gets through well, William is there, still, Mehmedi, and suddenly, that was almost a chance for Yunus Malli.” (it WAS a chance, played through, into the penalty area, back to Malli, who shoots, just a bit in the middle and a bit too lax, the goalkeeper holds).
The realisation afterwards: “Schalke really let them have their way. They completely rely on Wolfsburg to remain harmless.” (88:50).
After 91:00: “Whatever they’re up to down there, that’s terrible for a cup quarter-final, the nerves are really on edge, nobody cares about football any more, just holding, tugging, talking, and now I regret these four minutes of injury time, because that’s just stress down there on the pitch”. (the scene: Burgstaller has the ball, wants to pass the opponent, is prevented from doing so half legally, holds the opponent afterwards, the latter wants to break away, there is the foul whistle and yellow, but several players stand opposite each other and snap at each other; only one should also understand as a speaker: Schalke are allowed to do all that, they just want the final whistle, seconds are taken off the clock without any chance to do anything about it and then there is the frustration that comes from knowing that in principle you don’t even get a chance to score anymore, let alone score a goal, so you take on the sideshow to vent a little. So if the speaker wanted to complain about anything, it should only be the rules. There’s a lot wrong with that.