Champions League

Schalke wins group, draws Montpellier

See the best action from the draw between Montpellier and Schalke on Tuesday.
See the best action from the draw between Montpellier and Schalke on Tuesday.
Share This Story

   
 

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FIXTURES

 
Tuesday, December 4
Home Road  
Borussia Dortmund 1-0 Man City Recap
PSG 2-1 Porto Recap
AC Milan 0-1 Zenit St Petersburg Recap
Malaga 2-2 Anderlecht Recap
Montpellier 1-1 Schalke Recap
Dinamo Zagreb 1-1 Dynamo Kiev Recap
Olympiacos 2-1 Arsenal Recap
Real Madrid 4-1 Ajax Recap
More: Scores | Stats | More UCL
 

Schalke were confirmed as winners of Champions League Group B with a draw against Montpellier after Arsenal were beaten 2-1 by Olympiacos.

Both Schalke and the Gunners had already qualified for the knockout stages, but with top spot and a potentially easier draw to play for, the Bundesliga side were in no way inclined to show mercy to Montpellier, who only had pride to play for.

The French Ligue 1 champions were going in search of a consolatory first win in the competition, but it was not to be, as despite two goals in quick succession after the break, neither side could find the final advantage.

Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes saw his opening goal cancelled out in just three minutes by Emanuel Herrera in a frantic start to the second half.

It came after neither side were able to conjure any magic in a first half with few opportunities.

Marco Estrada went close for the home side in only the second minute from an inswinging corner, but Schalke midfielder Julian Draxler made a good clearance to neutralise the early threat.

Estrada again tested the Bundesliga side's defense a few minutes later with another testing ball in but they held firm, with Montpellier striker Souleymane Camara doing little to worry them when his 18-yard header flew over the bar soon after.

Schalke's best chance in the half came five minutes before the break when Tranquillo Barnetta's corner picked out Roman Neustadter in the middle of the area, but the midfielder could only put the ball over the bar.

The second period was a different story, however, with both sides finding the net in quick succession.

First, Howedes put Schalke in front with a close-range header in the 56th minute but the lead was shortlived as Herrera levelled for Montpellier three minutes later. The striker's header was blocked by Christoph Metzelder but he followed up to finish from six yards.

CLOSING TIME

Check the best images from the Champions League's last group stage round.

Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand then saved Remy Cabella's strike as the match went up a gear, but neither side was able to regain the advantage, with Herrera's 89th-minute blocked shot the closest anyone came to snatching the win.

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

SOCCER Videos

Alfredo Di Stefano 1926-2014 Posted: Jul 08, 2014
Mario Melchiot reacts to the passing of Real Madrid legend Alfredo Di Stefano an...

Recap of Real Madrid's tenth Champions League title Posted: Jul 08, 2014
The FOX Soccer crew breaks down everything from the UEFA Champions League Final ...

Real Madrid v Atletico Madrid UEFA Champions League Final Highlights 05/24/14 Posted: May 24, 2014
Relive all of the action between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in the 2014 UEF...

Real Madrid lifts Champions League trophy Posted: May 24, 2014
Watch Real Madrid lift the 2014 UEFA Champions League trophy.

Ronaldo goal seals Real Madrid’s Champions League title Posted: May 24, 2014
Check out the Cristiano Ronaldo goal that sealed Real Madrid's 4-1 victory again...