Benito Raman had to wait a long time for his first goals for Schalke 04. I haven’t played in six weeks. It was difficult to return to the team,”said the Belgian, who had the royal flowers with a double pack (25. and 31.) to the 3:2 (3:0) victory in the second round of the DFB Cup at the two-time finalist Arminia Bielefeld had shot: “The two gates had taken a load off my shoulders.”
Three league games had denied Fortuna Dusseldorf’s re-entry at the beginning of the season, then he had to take a break because of joint problems. Afterwards, the way back to the starting eleven was blocked because the Schalker team offered strong performances and Coach David Wagner had little reason to change.
After three points with only one goal, however, the coach saw the time for changes in the offensive. Guido Burgstaller, formerly put up for running, but still without a hit in the Bundesliga, sat for the first time on the bench. Raman took his chance on the side of National Player Mark Uth, who had previously only been deployed 175 minutes earlier, and ended the Schalker Storm Flaute.
Before the Belgian double pack Alessandro Creat had achieved the lead (16). Even before the break Raman could have done a hat trick perfectly, but he missed two big chances. Schalke could have led “4:0 or 5:0” after “very good 70 minutes”, Raman said.
But in the final phase the game was almost finished. Fabian Klos (72.) and Cebio Soukou (77.) shortened for the Bielefeld, which were close to the balance in the post-game period. We were too passive and no longer so focused,”Raman admitted.