Kevin Boateng's Schalke dumped out of German Cup at third-tier side Dynamo Dresden
Kevin-Prince Boateng’s Schalke were dumped out of the German Cup after losing 2-1 at third division side Dynamo Dresden.
The Ghanaian international was replaced after 76 minutes as they succumbed to the shocking defeat away from home.
The Royal Blues fell two behind and never came back, despite monopolizing second-half possession.
Third-division Dynamo Dresden seemed little more than a formality for Schalke before the match – a chance to try out new signings Sidney Sam and Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting on either flank.
Instead, Schalke started to wobble half-way into the first period, when Felipe Santana clumsily conceded a penalty sliding in on Luca Dürholtz. Justin Eilers (number 11, peeling away to celebrate in picture above) calmly sent Ralf Fährmann the wrong way to put Dresden ahead.
Early in the second half, Dresden punished further defensive instability from the Royal Blues. Joel Matip failed to clear a low cross from his left, instead pushing the ball out into the path of Nils Teixera; the Bonn-born summer signing volleyed low into the far corner to put the underdogs 2-0 in front.
Coach Jens Keller swiftly ordered Julian Draxler, resting on the bench for what was meant to be an easy match, to suit up, bringing on his star attacker. As before Draxler’s introduction, Schalke dominated possession without frequently finding the keys to unlock the third-division defense.
The Royal Blues did pull a goal back with 11 minutes to play. Felipe Santana was left unmarked at the far post and volleyed an indirect free-kick towards goal.
Schalke therefore join fellow Bundesliga sides Mainz, Stuttgart, Augsburg and Paderborn on the DFB Pokal scrap heap, after amost one-third of Germany’s top-tier sides failed to dispatch their minor opposition over the weekend.