SCHALKE 04 v WEST HAM UNITED
VELTINS-ARENA, GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY
SATURDAY 2 AUGUST 2014
KICK-OFF: 5.45PM CEST (4.45PM BST)
Full-time: Schalke 04 0-0 West Ham United (West Ham United win 7-6 on penalties)
It might not have been a classic, but winning on penalties has given everyone of a Claret and Blue persuasion a warm glow leaving the Veltins-Arena this evening! Jaaskelainen is the hero, making an important save from Choupo-Moting early on before stopping penalties from Santana and Borgmann in the shootout.
A win over Malaga tomorrow and West Ham will have the Schalke 04 Cup to take home with them!
7-6! Jaaskelainen makes a fantastic save diving to his left to push the penalty from Borgmann! The Hammers fans erupt to my right!
7-6: Giefer goes the right way, but Lletget's penalty has the accuracy to beat his dive.
6-6: Subottka scores.
6-5: Potts keeps his cool.
5-5: Schalke level again in sudden death through Itter!
5-4: O'Brien scores!
4-4: Aogo scores!
4-3: Poyet keeps calm and West Ham are one save from winning it!
3-3: Jaaskelainen makes a spectacular save from Santana!
3-3: Lee scores!
3-2 Papadopoulos scores.
2-2 Vaz Te drags it wide!
2-2: Meyer beats Jaaskelainen, despite the Finn going the right way.
2-1: Collins scores low into the corner.
1-1: Neustadter beats Jaaskelainen.
1-0: West Ham 1-0 up as Nolan sends Giefer the wrong way with the first kick of the shootout.
It looks like Collins, Lee, Poyet, Vaz Te and one other will take West Ham's spot-kicks... Unsurprisingly, they will be taken at the Schalke 04 end of the stadium. Nolan to get things started...
We are going to have a shootout which will determine the final placings. Whoever wins will get two points!
90: Mr Winkmann wants penalties, so he blows up four seconds early!
88: Lletget looks to be tripped by Itter, but Mr Winkmann doesn't agree and awards a goal kick.
87: Not long to go now. Of course, we have no added time, so penalties are less than three minutes away!
82: Fuchs is off and Axel Borgmann replaces him. Elliot Lee replaces Carlton Cole, who applauds the travelling fans. The Claret and Blue Army cheer their man.
81: I said earlier that Potts has put himself about and he does again here. Avdijaj doesn't like the challenge and nor does the referee Guido Winkmann, who books him. The free-kick flies over the top.
79: Downing is off and Vaz Te is on. Vaz likes shooting. Let's hope he can spare us a shootout.
78: West Ham took part in two shootouts last summer in Portugal - and drew them both! It finished 4-4 with Sporting Lisbon and 3-3 with Braga.
76: Cole has worked so hard in his aerial battles today. He rises again with Papadopoulos and is penalised. He is booked. Coley is not happy.
73: There will be a penalty shootout if the game remains level! Schalke make three more changes - Friedrich replaced by Papadopoulous, Boateng by Sobottka and Multhaup by Itter. Collins lifts a free-kick into the box and Reid heads it harmlessly through to Giefer.
70: Lletget crosses from the left and Giefer jumps to catch above his head.
68: Ooooh! Boateng is fouled by Poyet. The curling free-kick causes havoc and falls to Friedrich. He swings a boot and hits the crossbar! The ball rebounds to O'Brien, whose clearance goes up, rather than out. Cole reacts quickest and hacks away. Close call.
64: Dan Potts has caught the eye today. I have rarely seen him play with such a physical approach. Earlier, he had a coming together with Friedrich and he has also put in a series of crunching challenges. More of the same, Pottsy!
62: Schalke make two changes. Avdijaj and Aogo replace Kolasinac and Choupo-Moting at left-back and up front respectively. Choupo-Moting can be proud of his work, having had Schalke's two best opportunities.
61: Cole and Lletget combine twice before the American shows superb quick feet inside the box to force a corner. He is so gifted is Lletget. It would be wonderful to see him make a breakthrough this season. The corner is taken by Downing and Collins rises unchallenged, but powers his header wide.
59: Schalke taking a little bit more control again now. Hoger collects about 25 yards out, but his shot is low and dragged well wide.
56: Cole beats the offside trap, collects a raking pass and beats his man with ease before under-hitting the cut back for Lletget. That was a decent opportunity to get a shot at goal.
54: Kouyate is replaced by fellow countryman Diame. Lletget is on for Fanimo.
53: West Ham are going to make a couple of changes. Lletget and Diame will be on soon. Mo warmed up for the game with some table football action this morning. I'm reliably informed he couldn't get his plastic players to do any step-overs, though.
50: Fanimo and Potts have space down the left, but they make a bit of a mess of the opportunity and Schalke nip in to clear. Moments later, Fanimo does well to find space again, but Cole ignores his run and loses out when the return ball appeared to be on.
48: It's been a bitty start to the second half, in all honesty. We've had three or four free-kicks already for a variety of offences.
46: West Ham get the second half going. Schalke have also replaced Barnetta with Max Meyer.
A half-time change for Schalke, with Santana on for Matip. West Ham also make a swap, with Reid on for Tomkins.
Half-time: Schalke 04 0-0 West Ham United
46: That's half-time. Goalless here in Gelsenkirchen. Schalke have come closest, with Choupo-Moting hitting the post and also working Jaaskelainen with a low shot. For the Hammers, Poyet's early deflected effort worked Giefer. The Hammers' young substitutes head out to kick a ball around on the pitch. Don't forget, you can view highlights of the game on our official twitter feed. Link above. Join us again in a few minutes for the second half.
44: Ninety seconds until the break and Barnetta's shot is deflected wide for a corner. It's a training ground special as the low kick is dummied by Boateng and Friedrich hits it - straight at Jaaskelainen.
43: The home side have definitely had more of the ball in the last ten minutes or so without creating a clear-cut opening. Malthaup takes matters into his own feet, scooting through the midfield and reaching the penalty area, where he loses out to Potts.
40: Choupo-Moting can fashion a shooting chance, but the ball falls to Boateng on the edge of the D and he lets fly. The ball is half-blocked and loops safely into the hands of Jaaskelainen.
37: A bit of frustration there from Boateng, who brings down Downing rather crudely.
34: Collins does well again to clear as Boateng tries to beat him on the edge of the box. Schalke gain the ball back quickly, though, and Choupo-Moting drags a shot wide. He played against West Ham last year during their tour of Germany, too, for Mainz 05.
30: I think West Ham fans are going to like Kouyate. He is tall, athletic and committed and can play a bit too. You don't win three league titles on the trot, like he did with Anderlecht, without being a decent player. Another committed player, Collins, wins a superb header to clear Multhaup's cross.
29: We're back underway. Jaaskelainen finds Cole, who helps the ball on to Nolan. He turns and tries to play in Fanimo, but Friedrich cuts it out. Close.
27: Even if you aren't watching the game live on TV, you can catch exclusive, free clips of the highlights on our official twitter feed. Click on the icon above to watch them now. Meanwhile, we are now having a drinks break...
23: A West Ham attack fizzles out when O'Brien loses the ball on the edge of the Schalke box. Collins allows a pass under his foot and Choupo-Moting is away. Tomkins comes across on the cover and holds up the Cameroonian. Choupo-Moting is skilful, though, and he loses his man and Collins before driving a low shot against the base of the post.
20: Schalke just enjoying a period of possession here, but they are playing in front of West Ham, as the saying goes. The Hammers midfield is working extremely hard to close down the space and it's working so far.
15: Cole tries a through ball for Fanimo, but Giefer is out quickly and clears into the stand. This is a big game for Fanimo. Big Sam has shown faith in the young winger and he will want to build on the minutes he was given in New Zealand. For those who haven't seen him in action, Fanimo is a stocky, quick and direct wide player.
14: Downing has had a lot of the ball. He is so composed in possession. He never panics and is not afraid to turn back or in a different direction if his initial choice is not on.
13: Good quick feet from Nolan and he is fouled as he takes the ball away from Neustadter.
11: It's been fairly even so far. Schalke are playing in a 4-4-1-1 shape. Choupo-Moting, who was linked with West Ham once, is up top with Boateng playing off him. Multhaup, Friedrich, Matip and Kolasanic are across the back. In midfield, Barnetta is wide right, Fuchs wide left and Hoger and Neustadter in the centre.
8: Nice play from back to front from the Hammers. Fanimo wins a sliding challenge and West Ham build through Nolan and then O'Brien. Downing finds the Irishman again and he slides in Kouyate. The No8 reaches the byline, but his cross clips a defender and is held by Giefer at the near post.
5: Good defending by Collins, who tracks the run of Multhaup and robs the No30 as he threatens to get in behind. Moments later, Choupo-Moting does just that but Jaaskelainen saves well with his legs and Tomkins clears for a throw on the far side.
4: Cole is caught offside again. The rain is absolutely belting down on the roof, and now we have a huge clap of thunder. Schalke have their first shot at goal through Barnetta, but his left-foot effort from 25 yards is always rising and clears the crossbar.
3: Noble's corner is cleared as far as Poyet, who takes a touch and sees his deflected shot held by goalkeeper Giefer.
2: West Ham have a corner. Collins seeks out Downing with a raking pass and the winger beats his man before exchanging passes with O'Brien. He beats his man again and hangs up a cross which is headed behind.
1: Jaaskelainen hits the ball long and Cole is caught offside.
5.45pm: Bang on time we are underway. As you might expect, it's 4-2-3-1 for the Hammers, with Cole up front ahead of Nolan.
5.43pm: Here come the two teams, led by captains Nolan and Boateng. Where we have Bubbles, the home side are using a bit of Red Hot Chili Peppers! Schalke 04 to kick-off.
5.41pm: The roof is shut here now at the Veltins-Arena, for good reason! You can hear the rain hammering down on the roof above us.
5.40pm: Maybe they ignored the email...
5.38pm: We received a strictly worded email telling our players to be ready to leave the tunnel at 5.39pm, so they should be out very soon!
5.32pm: Schalke are also without Japan World Cup defender Atsuto Uchida, but a number of Brazil 2014 stars are included, including Ghana midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng, Cameroon pair Joel Matip and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Switzerland midfielder Tranquillo Barnetta.
5.26pm: As you might have noticed, Schalke 04 are without a few of their FIFA World Cup stars. Defender Benedikt Howedes and midfielder Julian Draxler won the tournament with Germany, but is not playing today. The same can be said for Netherlands striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
5.17pm: The first game has finished 3-1 in Malaga's favour. The Schalke and West Ham players take to the pitch immediately for their warm-up. Adrian stops for a quick chat with Malaga keeper Carlos Kameni. He was chatting to Roque Santa Cruz earlier, too. Popular man, is our Adrian!
5.10pm: Newcastle are trailing Malaga 3-1 here. It was 3-0 at half-time, with two of the Malaga goals coming courtesy of absolute pings from outside the box. Gabriel Obertan scored a pearler for the Magpies to give them a glimmer of hope. That said, there are less than ten minutes remaining.
5.05pm: A few people have asked who Amos Nasha is on our bench. He is an 18-year-old defensive midfielder who was a regular in the Development Squad last season. I also found out this morning that his nickname is 'Mossy'.
5pm: The team news is in. The manager has picked Jussi Jaaskelainen in goal, a back four of Joey O'Brien, Dan Potts, James Collins and James Tomkins, a midfield of Diego Poyet, Cheikhou Kouyate and Kevin Nolan and a front three of Stewart Downing, Fanimo and Carlton Cole.
The remaining players, including Adrian, Winston Reid, Mark Noble and Matt Jarvis, will therefore start Sunday's meeting with Malaga - the team West Ham's Spanish goalkeeper made his La Liga debut against for Real Betis in 2012. Recently-arrived full-backs Carl Jenkinson and Aaron Cresswell will also start on Sunday.
West Ham United: Jaaskelainen, O'Brien, Tomkins (Reid 46), Collins, Potts, Nolan (c), Kouyate (Diame 54), Poyet, Fanimo (Lletget 54).Cole, Downing
Subs: Cresswell, Jarvis, Zarate, Vaz Te, Adrian, Cullen, Lee, Noble, Jenkinson, Nasha, Whitehead, Burke
Schalke 04: Giefer, Freidrich, Kolasinac (Avdijaj 62), Boateng (c), Hoger, Choupo-Moting (Aogo 62), Fuchs, Barnetta (Meyer 46), Multhaup, Matip (Santana 46), Neustadter
Subs: Fahrmann, Papadopoulos, Borgmann, Sobottka, Itter
Good afternoon and welcome to the Veltins-Arena in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, where the sun is shining, the roof is open yet the floodlights are on!
West Ham United will play at the home of Bundesliga side Schalke 04 twice over the next two days as they take part in the host club's four-team Schalke 04 Cup competition.
Matches will be played over 90 minutes, with no added time. Should the scores remain level at full-time, a penalty shootout will be held. Clubs will receive three points for a win inside 90 minnutes and two points for a shootout victory. The team with the most points after two matches will win the Schalke 04 Cup!
While clubs can make unlimited substitutions, these will be restricted to three occasions - plus half-time - on which teams can make changes to minimise the disruption to play.
The Hammers will start their challenge by taking on the team that finished third in Germany last season behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but not before Newcastle United have faced Spanish Primera Division side Malaga CF.
Sam Allardyce has brought a big and strong squad to Germany for this tournament, with only the injured Andy Carroll and Guy Demel absent of the seniors. New signing Enner Valencia arrived in London on Friday and will meet up with his team-mates for the first time next week.
With two games in the space of 24 hours, the manager is hoping to give 22 different players a full 90 minutes each, injuries notwithstanding.
Alongside the seniors - including five summer signings - Big Sam has also chose to give experience to youngsters Danny Whitehead, Sebastian Lletget, Matthias Fanimo, Reece Burke and Josh Cullen. Whitehead and Fanimo both travelled to New Zealand for the Football United Tour recently and will hope for more first-team opportunities over the coming season.
If you are in the UK and you'd rather not read our entertaining live text commentary, West Ham's two Schalke 04 Cup fixtures are being broadcast live and exclusively on Quest TV. Quest is a free to air channel and can be found on: Freeview 37 (+138) Sky 167 (+1 195) and Virgin Media 172 (+1 173).