Schalke 0 West Ham United 0
Saturday, 2nd August 2014
by Staff Writer
(West Ham win 7-6 on penalties) West Ham held hosts Schalke to a goalless draw at the Veltins-Arena this afternoon before winning a dramatic penalty shootout.A dull and often dreary encounter was briefly lit up by the spot kicks, which Nolan, Neustadt, Collins and Meyer all scored before Ricardo Vaz Te pulled his shot wide of the post. Papadopoulos put Schalke 3-2 up before Elliot Lee made it 3-3.
Santana missed the opportunity to give his side the lead again when Jaaskelainen pulled off a good save to his left and Diego Poyet passed his shot in the corner to restore United's advantage.
Aogo sent the shootout into sudden death despite West Ham's goalkeeper guessing correctly, then Joey O'Brien and Itter both netted to make it 5-5. Danny Potts scored West Ham's sixth penalty, as did Sobottka for the hosts.
Seb Lletget placed his spot kick well - necessarily, due to Giefer diving the right way - to make it 7-6 and Jaaskelainen made his second save of the afternoon to win the shootout for the Hammers.
What an experience to play in that stadium. Not gonna lie, the nerves kicked in on that pen???? #whufc?EUR" THEBAYSVERYOWN (@SLletget) August 2, 2014
That brief spell of excitement followed a fairly uneventful match that rarely managed to excite the healthy contingent of travelling Hammers fans nor the Schalke supporters who had trickled into the Veltins-Arena to watch their own team.
West Ham failed to manage more than a single effort on target during the game, although without Mauro Zarate (sub), Enner Valencia (unfit) and Andy Carroll (injured) the Schalke goal was never likely to be under heavy bombardment.
For their part the Germans managed to rattle Jussi Jaaskelainen's woodwork twice; firstly when Choupo-Moting's 23rd minute effort rebounded off the post and then after the break when Friedrich took a swing at a loose ball in the area, only to see his shot crash back off the crossbar.
West Ham now face Malaga tomorrow knowing that should they beat the Spanish side, they will bring the Schalke Cup home with them. The other team in the competition, Newcastle United, lost 3-1 to the La Liga club in today's early game.
View the penalty shootout, which West Ham won 7-6
Schalke 0-0 West Ham Utd
West Ham Utd: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins, Collins, Potts, Nolan, Kouyate, Poyet, Fanimo, C.Cole, Downing.
Subs: Reid, Cresswell, Jarvis, Lletget, Zarate, Vaz Te, Adrian, Cullen, Lee, Noble, Jenkinson, Nasha, Diame, Whitehead, Burke.
Schalke 04: Giefer, Freidrich, Kolasinac, Boateng, Hoger, Choupo-Moting, Fuchs, Barnetta, Multhaup, Matip, Neustadter.
Subs: Fahrmann, Santana, Mayer, Papadopoulos, Aogo, Borgmann, Avdijaj, Sobottka, Itter.
Good win on pens today against Schalke! Happy to get my first 90mins in pre season, thanks again to the fans who's support was brilliant ?????????EUR" Diego Poyet (@diegopoyet7) August 2, 2014
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Match FactsWest Ham United: Adrian, Guy Demel, George McCartney, James Collins, James Tomkins, Mark Noble, Mo Diame, Matt Jarvis, Stewart Downing, Kevin Nolan, Andy Carroll.
Goals: None .
Booked: Winston Reid 81 James Collins 90 .
Sent Off: None sent off. .
Subs not used: .
Booked: None booked..
Sent off: None.
Man of the Match: Jussi Jaaskelainen.