Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER of Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen dives to his right to stop the penalty kick of the not-pictured ANDRE SCHUERRLE of FSV Mainz in the 72nd minute of the Bundesliga match at the Stadion am Bruchweg in Rhineland-Palatinate. (Martin Meissner/AP)
Exactly the sort of stuff SCHALKE 04 GELSENKIRCHEN requires to truly escape the relegation region of the Bundesliga once and for all, then.
Germany World Cup goalkeeper MANUEL NEUER saved a penalty kick with less than twenty minutes remaining in the match as Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen edged early-season surprise FSV 05 Mainz on the road in Rhineland-Palatinate.
With the 1-0 away win and a critical three points, last season’s Bundesliga runners-up — fresh from a midweek UEFA Champions League victory over Benfica Lisbon in Portugal — made a mighty leap from 15th to 10th in the Bundesliga standings.
Peru international striker JEFFERSON FARFAN netted the goal, only his second from his thirteenth appearance in the Bundesliga this season, that Schalke 04 needed in the 30th minute.