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Schalke was relegated last season from the highest German league in which the club had been active since 1991. Schalke finished second in the 2017-2018 season. But after a failed season, the team finished last season with only 16 points.
With Thomas Ouwejan in the base, hired from AZ, Schalke fought back at home from a 2-0 deficit against Sankt Pauli. Simon Terodde scored twice in the second half and Rodrigo Zalazar made it 3-2 in the 78th minute. Igor Matanovic, who had scored twice for the visitors from Hamburg in the first half, received his second yellow card in the final phase. Teammate Marcel Beifus had previously been sent off with a red card.