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How Shalke rescued one point with less men

GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY - FEBRUARY 16: Weston McKennie of FC Schalke 04 recats after the Bundesliga match between FC Schalke 04 and Sport-Club Freiburg at Veltins-Arena on February 16, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The German Bundesliga team tied 0-0 with Freiburg today after Suat Serdard was sent off at the 42nd minute.

Schalke rescued one point after tying 0-0 with Freiburg in the German Bundesliga today.

The game was difficult for manager Domenico Tedesco and the Schalke players, as they saw how Suat Serdar was sent off in the 42nd minute.

But surprisingly the team played better with ten men on the field.

“When it was eleven versus eleven we didn’t do enough,” said Tedesco to the team’s official website.

“We wanted to run in behind a lot against them; however we lost the ball too much, which allowed them to play better.”

“In the first 40 minutes, we played with too much fear. We have to change that and start trying to take players on again,” he added.

“We only really woke up when we went down to ten. Our mentality was spot on then and we won a lot of important tackles. Despite that, we didn’t look like scoring, so 0-0 was, unfortunately, a fair result.”

18-year-old Rabbi Matondo debuted with the team tonight, as the winger played his first minutes with the blue shirt.

And the English youngster felt it was not the best performance, but that he can do better.

“We showed a good mentality after going a man down. We fought hard. It was a tough game for us in the second half because we had a man less,” Matondo commented.

“I think we did well as a team. Obviously Freiburg had their chances, but all in all, we defended pretty well.”

“We had our moments in attack too. I managed to get a shot off myself, but unfortunately spurned the chance,” he added.

“Now we face a big test in the Champions League. We need to recover quickly in order to be fresh for the match against Manchester City. I’m looking forward to playing against my old club.”

Schalke will host English Premier League Manchester City on Wednesday, as part of the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg.