From dead to equal to in trouble to equal again to in the lead, Schalke are riding the roller coaster tonight at the San Siro against Inter Milan. Somehow, thanks to some brilliant combination play in the final third, the Königsblauen have a 3-2 lead early in the second half thanks to a goal by Raul, the Real Madrid legend who joined Schalke on a free this summer. It would be stunning to see this result hold, but whatever happens going forward, three away goals is something massive for Schalke to put up.
In the 53rd minute, Raul and Jefferson Farfan, who has been Schalke's best player all season, played an absolutely brilliant bit of combination play just outside the area, using one-touch exchanges and showing an absolutely incredible understanding. Inter had no chance of getting the ball off of their feet, and Farfan eventually played Raul through into the box. The legendary striker rarely misses open opportunities inside of 18 yards, and this was no different, as he scored past Julio Cesar to put Schalke ahead.