Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s hat-trick coupled with Jermaine Jones’ strike sealed an easy win for the Bundesliga outfit over Steve McClaren’s men.
In the return leg of UEFA Europa League round-of-16, Schalke 04 cruised to a comfortable 4-1 victory over FC Twente Enschede at Veltins-Arena on Thursday, March 15.
The impressive win ensured the Bundesliga outfit progress through to the next phase of the competition with a 4-2 aggregate win.
After winning the first-leg 1-0 at De Grolsch Veste on March 8, the Tukkers were optimistic of progressing to the quarter-finals. They commenced proceedings brightly away from home and scored a crucial away goal in the 14th minute.
Nacer Chadli and Luuk de Jong combined well before the latter passed the ball to Willem Janssen, and the 25-year-old midfielder slotted home with ease from the edge of the box.
However, the Tukkers failed to hold on to their slim lead, as Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored the equaliser a minute before the half-hour mark. Julian Draxler’s cross from the left found the Dutch ace unmarked inside the box, who made no mistake in heading home
to make it 1-1.
In the 40th minute, Joel Matip’s headed effort from a Christian Fuchs free-kick crashed against the bar, as the visiting side continued to live dangerously.
The Bundesliga outfit resumed proceedings in the second-half aggressively and continued to mount pressure on the Tukkers’ defence. In the 57th minute, the home side were awarded a spot-kick following a handball by Janssen. Huntelaar scored from
the spot to draw the aggregate score level.
However, Die Knappen knew that they had to score another in order to avoid elimination on the away goal rule. The Royal Blues dominated proceedings and swiftly moved around the Enschede giants' box, as Huntelaar, Fuchs, Jefferson Farfan and Draxler all missed
opportunities to score the third for the hosts.
In the 70th minute, Jermaine Jones found the back of the net after being fed by Raul inside the box.
After conceding the third goal, the Tukkers were forced to go on attack to keep their European hopes alive, and they ended up conceding another with nine minutes left to play on the clock.
Jones led an impressive counter-attack and played in Huntelaar, who had no intentions of missing out on another hat-trick. He struck a left-footed effort into the back of the net to make the score-line 4-1 and put the tie beyond the reach of Steve McClaren’s