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Schalke skipper Howedes apologises for thrashings

6 March 2014 07:41

Schalke captain Benedikt Howedes apologised to the club's fans for his team's big losses to Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.

After shipping 11 goals in the space of a week, most teams would be feeling the heat.

Schalke are but it is a different kind of heat, as they were humbled by none other than Real Madrid in the UEFA Champions League and Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga respectively.


Captain Benedikt Howedes said the quality of their opposition was no excuse for copping 6-1 and 5-1 defeats lightly.


"Both of these opponents are a class apart, but even so, we shouldn't have been beaten as comprehensively as we were," Howedes said on Wednesday.


"We can only apologise to the fans for our performance."


Howedes did take the positives out of the week, as they drew the second half against Bayern 1-1 - and that was after Kiriakos Papadopoulos was sent off, and Arjen Robben converted the resultant penalty.


"We’ve got to leave these two games behind us now," Howedes said.


"I hope we can forget about them before the next game and play like we did in the second half (against Bayern)."


Schalke were one of the form teams of the Bundesliga prior to their horrid week, unbeaten in five matches including four wins and occupying - as they still do - a top-four spot.


And midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng was not sugar coating the results, as they prepare for a crunch match with another high-scoring team, Hoffenheim, at the weekend.


"It was nothing like what we expected. It was a horrendous week for us," Boateng said.


"We've got to stick together."

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Info

Competition
Bundesliga
Date
8 March 2014
Game week
24
Kick-off
15:30
Half-time
2 - 0
Full-time
4 - 0
Venue
Veltins-Arena (Gelsenkirchen)
Attendance
60604

Goals

K. Huntelaar 6'
(assist by J. Matip) 
1 - 0
K. Huntelaar 28'
(assist by J. Draxler) 
2 - 0
C. Obasi 55'
(assist by K. Boateng) 
3 - 0
K. Huntelaar 79'
(assist by J. Draxler) 
4 - 0

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
2 15'
4
32
6 87'
9
19 55'
33
10 26'
8
25 6' 28' 31' 79'
Coach: J. Keller

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
23
7
28
24
34
40
26
# Player Bookings
23
29
9 86'
11
14
28
36

Thursday 24 July

15:34
15:18
15:13
15:04
14:16
14:11
14:04
13:44
13:15
12:56
12:27
12:00
11:36
11:04
10:55
10:43
09:29
09:05
08:13
08:05
07:38
07:07
07:04
07:04
06:27
06:22
05:11
05:05
05:02
04:39
03:34
03:34
03:04
02:53
01:47
01:20
00:31
00:23

Wednesday 23 July

23:40
22:41
22:22
22:18
21:59
21:44
21:41
21:30
21:21
21:02
20:53
20:21
19:55
19:15
19:04
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18:17
17:57
17:44
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17:00
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16:47
16:33
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15:44
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14:23
14:04
13:56
13:40
13:37
12:32
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11:56
11:18
10:51
09:50
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06:37
06:11
04:50
04:48
04:31
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02:36
01:40
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Tuesday 22 July

23:55
23:50
23:40
22:28
22:25
21:51
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21:16
20:56
19:27
19:22
18:49
18:49
18:47
18:23
18:01
17:58
17:32
17:21
16:17
16:06
16:05
15:04
14:15
14:05
13:39
13:33
12:57
12:43
12:20
11:37
11:20
11:16
11:05
10:52
10:36
10:02
09:53
09:19
08:37
07:11
06:41
06:32
06:06
05:47
05:33
04:07
03:02
03:01
02:23
02:22
02:21
02:04

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