10-man Schalke lose to Bayer Leverkusen
Schalke 0 - 1 Bayer Leverkusen

10-man Schalke lose to Bayer Leverkusen

11/12/2016

Bayer Leverkusen left it late to beat 10-man Schalke 1-0 at the Arena AufSchalke and move three points clear of their rivals in the Bundesliga table.

Naldo earned the quickest red card in Schalke history to leave the Royal Blues with 10 men from the fourth minute, but it was not until a minute from time that Stefan Kiessling marked his first start of the season with his first goal since May, which was worth all three points.

Naldo was given his marching orders just 204 seconds in.

The former Wolfsburg defender was sent off for impeding Javier Hernandez as he raced clear on goal after Sead Kolasinac's poor pass was intercepted by the Mexican, who went to ground easily upon feeling only the slightest of contacts.

Leverkusen were unable to make the most of their advantage and aside from Kiessling firing wide of the far post on the volley which let Kolasinac off the hook for the second time in the game, they did not come close to opening the scoring in the first half.

Just before referee Deniz Aytekin got to blow the half-time whistle, Schalke's fans had hoped to hear it shrill when Baba Rahman tumbled theatrically - and with a delay - after being tackled by Benjamin Henrichs inside the area.

Schalke continued to mask the fact they were one man down in the second half as they created as many chances as their guests.

Their lack of numbers in defence was evident when Kiessling headed in his first goal of the season and 128th in the Bundesliga for Leverkusen in the final few minutes of the game, though, as he was left totally alone to turn in Hakan Calhanoglu's free-kick.

It broke Schalke's resistance and also their hearts as it condemned them to a second straight league defeat.

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