Bundesliga - Schalke grab Supercup win

Sun, 24 Jul 00:34:00 2011

Ralf Faehrmann made a spectacular debut as he saved two penalties as Schalke 04 beat Borussia Dortmund on spot kicks to win the German Super Cup.

Bundesliga - Schalke grab Supercup win

Schalke, last season's Cup winners, won 4-3 on penalties after a goalless draw against their old enemies Dortmund, the Bundesliga champions.

Faehrmann, signed to replace Manuel Neuer, spent several seasons at the club as a youngster but left in 2009 after finding his progress blocked by Neuer who has established himself as one of Europe's top goalkeepers.

The 22-year-old moved to Eintracht Frankfurt but returned to Gelsenkirchen in the summer after Neuer's move to Bayern Munich.

Dortmund made most of the running in the first-half and Faehrmann produced a superb one-handed save to deny Robert Lewandowski before half-time.

The second-half was more even and Faehrmann's opposite number Roman Weidenfeller brilliantly diverted Jan Moravek's finish wide when the Czech looked certain to score.

Faehrmann ensured Schalke's win by saving penalties from Kevin Grosskreutz and Ivan Perisic.

The Supercup was officially reinstated by the German federation last year after a 14-year absence.

The Bundesliga starts in a fortnight's time with the first round of the German Cup next weekend.


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