The fourth official indicates three minutes will be added to the end of the 90 for stoppages.
Gravenberch has a go at goal but he manages to sting the palms of the goalkeeper, who collects the ball at the second time of asking.
Kolodziejczak sends a cross towards the far post for Terodde but it’s too high for the striker, who fails to corral the ball as it rolls behind for a goal-kick.
Larsson’s outswinging corner fails to find Aydin, with Gnabry able to keep possession and exit his own penalty area
R. Gravenberch enters the game and replaces K. Coman.
Gravenberch also gets onto the pitch with Coman given an early rest.
P. Wanner enters the game and replaces J. Musiala.
Musiala is brought off after another impressive showing - registering an assist on both of Bayern’s goals. Wanner is sent into the fray.
Bayern Munich have calmed the tempo of the match somewhat, with Nagelsmann’s side not as eager to get it forward quickly. A win and a clean sheet will suffice for the league leaders, who are off for over two months after today’s fixture.
D. Latza enters the game and replaces D. Drexler.
M. Aydın enters the game and replaces C. Brunner.
Brunner's match comes to an end with Aydin ready to take his place.
Latza comes on for Drexler with Schalke still searching for a way back into the game.
Coman drives to the byline and cuts it back to the penalty spot, where Yoshida gets a touch to take it out of the 18-yard box. Pavard is on the spot and knuckles a strike towards goal that gets through the crowd of bodies but misses the net.
M. Sabitzer enters the game and replaces L. Goretzka.
J. Stanišić enters the game and replaces L. Hernández.
Sabitzer comes into the game with just under 20 minutes to go. Goretzka is the man to make way.
Hernandez is also given a rest at this juncture, with Stanisic given a chance to impress.
Goretzka plays Gnabry into the penalty area but Schwolow anticipates the early strike, getting down low to make a kick-save on the winger’s drilled effort.
The hosts have managed just one shot on target in the second half, while seeing just over 25 percent possession. They’ve been largely ineffective during the build-up with set-pieces their best option to trouble Neuer.
S. Sané enters the game and replaces M. Bülter.
Sane comes in for Bulter as Reis makes two changes in one go.
Kolodziejczak replaces Mohr at full-back for Schalke.
T. Kolodziejczak enters the game and replaces T. Mohr.
Pavard lays it off to Choupo-Moting inside the penalty area, with the striker then centring it to Goretzka. The midfielder lines up to take a first-time shot but the strike is blocked behind for a corner.
The introduction of De Ligt has meant a bit of a reshuffle, with Pavard pushing out to right-back. Kimmich moves into a midfield trio which allows the Netherlands international to slot in alongside Upamecano in the centre of defence.
M. de Ligt enters the game and replaces L. Sané.
Nagelsmann makes a defensive substitution, sending De Ligt on in place of Sane.
J. Larsson enters the game and replaces K. Karaman.
Karaman makes way for Larsson with 31 minutes left in the game.
Coman cuts inside from the left and hits a shot from a long way out that fails to find the target.
It looks like it’s going to be a long 30 minutes for Schalke, who have been exposed the one time this half they committed men forward. Bayern are fully in the ascendancy and with a two-goal lead it doesn’t look as though the hosts will be able to do much to trouble Neuer as they sit patiently and wait to win back possession.
Choupo-Moting’s goal is his 10th in his last nine matches, failing to score only against Werder Bremen in Bayern Munich’s 6-1 win last weekend. He also found himself on the scoresheet against another of his former teams, netting against Mainz at the end of October.
E. Choupo-Moting has scored a goal for Bayern Munich! Assist by J. Musiala.
BAYERN DOUBLE THE LEAD! 2-0! Bayern Munich hit with blistering pace on the counter-attack after clearing Schalke’s free-kick, with Musiala and Gnabry interchanging down the right flank. It’s the former who gets to the edge of the penalty area and slips a pass through for Choupo-Moting, who dispatches a calm finish to score against his former side!
Two goals for Bayern, two assists for Musiala, who continues to be the creative engine for the visitors.
Gnabry gives away a free-kick on the left wing after tugging back Bulter cynically but Mohr’s delivery from the set-piece fails to beat the first man.
Coman uses his pace to charge down the left wing before taking on and beating Kral with a quick bit of footwork. The France international then squares it to Sane, whose eventual shot fails to work Schwolow.
Musiala again attempts to lay a pass off inside the penalty area using a backheel flick but this time it fails to come off as Kral comes across to clear the ball ahead of Goretzka.
Schalke get the match restarted from the kick-off!
HALF-TIME: SCHALKE 0-1 BAYERN MUNICH.
The fourth official indicates one minute will be added to the end of the half for stoppages.
Kimmich's corner is sent over the head of Pavard, with Terodde getting to it in the air before a free-kick is given for a foul on Bulter.
Nagelsmann will be extremely relieved his side have found the breakthrough in the first half, which will certainly lead to a more relaxed team-talk at the interval. With just this match to go before the World Cup break, Bayern will be hoping for a straightforward fixture which could potentially extend their lead at the top.
Musiala skips inside from the left and hits a wayward shot that fails to find the target.
S. Gnabry has scored a goal for Bayern Munich! Assist by J. Musiala.
GNABRY BREAKS THE DEADLOCK! 1-0! Schalke’s resistance is broken seven minutes before the interval, with the Germany international winger getting onto Musiala’s backheel layoff and firing a first-time effort that beats Schwolow from 16 yards out!
Musiala is credited with the assist for his inventive backheel pass to set up the goal.
Play is stopped temporarily for Drexler, who has gone down with an apparent head injury after clattering into Sane. The midfielder is able to eventually get up and walk off the pitch under his own power, with the issue seemingly not enough to force a substitution.
Mohr’s inswinging corner-kick is hit looking for Terodde but again Upamecano is in the right place at the right time to deal with the pressure.
Keeping the ball 30 yards from Schwolow’s goal, Bayern are finding it difficult to pick the lock. The hosts are at times committing up to 10 players inside their own penalty area, which is denying both Coman and Gnabry any room to cut inside.
Coman is unable to get on the end of Gnabry’s cross hit with pace, allowing Brunner to collect the ball and restart play from a throw-in deep inside Schalke’s half.
Kimmich takes the ensuing free-kick but Upamecano fails to hit the target from his back-post header.
Gnabry gets on the end of Coman’s cross and forcefully prods a header towards goal but it’s blocked on the edge of the six-yard box by Krauss, who turns it behind for a corner.
GREAT SAVE! A miscommunication in midfield between Gnabry and Goretzka leads to a giveaway, which sets Schalke away on a counter. Krauss slips a pass through for Bulter, who hits the byline and fires a shot to the near post which is palmed away by Neuer. It’s a great stop from the Germany international who is allowed to restart play with a free-kick after the linesman belatedly raises his flag for offside.
Brunner whips a cross into the penalty area but the full-back puts it in-between Terodde and Bulter, where Upamecano pops up to head the danger clear.
Goretzka looks to slip Gnabry through on goal but the winger fails to read the mind of his team-mate as he’s late to react, allowing Mohr to shield it behind for another goal-kick.
Bayern move it all the way back to Neuer after Schwolow’s goal-kick, with the visiting goalkeeper not put under any pressure by Schalke. The hosts are determined to defend their own penalty area and cede much of the pitch to their opponents, only to frustrate them at the last moment.
Despite dominating possession in the opening quarter-hour, Bayern Munich have failed to meaningfully test the goalkeeper or break down the low block. Julian Nagelsmann’s side are being forced to create from a wide position, which has led to a number of easy clean-ups for the compact defence.
Another Bayern attack comes to an end with a poor cross, as Pavard steps into Schalke’s half and delivers a ball right into the arms of the awaiting Schwolow at the top of his penalty area.
Pavard gets into the penalty area from his position at centre-back and finds Gnabry, whose rushed cross evades the 18-yard box and finds Coman on the far wing. The France international looks to hook it back in the area but the poor delivery is cleared immediately.
Coman hits a speculative effort from a long way out and fails to trouble Schwolow, who can watch the shot sail above his crossbar.
Gnabry has a sight of goal and shoots from an acute angle on the right, missing the target by a considerable margin.
Sane looks to drive towards goal from a central position but a clever sliding challenge from Krauss cleanly dispossesses the forward from behind.
Schalke are already finding it difficult to clear their half, with Bayern working the ball quickly to keep possession deep in midfield. The home defence will have to be patient and organised if they are to survive the waves of attack and hit on the counter-attack with clinical finishing.
Bayern Munich get the match underway from the kick-off!
Hello and welcome to our LIVE commentary of the Bundesliga fixture between Schalke and Bayern Munich!
Bottom of the table after 14 matches, an unlikely win today for Schalke could take them as high as 16th place should results elsewhere go their way, though they haven’t managed three points over Bayern in the league since 2010. A tight 1-0 victory over Mainz last weekend arrested a run of seven-straight losses; failing to score on four occasions.
Having caught up to early leaders Union Berlin, Bayern Munich now have a four-point gap ahead of second place with just one game to go before the World Cup break. Winners in each of their last five matches, Bayern also have a phenomenal recent record against today’s opponents - beating Schalke by an aggregate score of 12-0 in their last two fixtures.
BAYERN MUNICH SUBS: Ryan Gravenberch, Mathys Tel, Sven Ulreich, Paul Wanner, Marcel Sabitzer, Matthijs De Ligt, Noussair Mazraoui, Josip Stanisic.
SCHALKE SUBS: Sebastian Polter, Florent Mollet, Jordan Larsson, Mehmet Can Aydin, Ralf Fahrmann, Florian Flick, Danny Latza, Sidi Sane, Timothee Kolodziejczak.
SCHALKE XI (4-2-3-1): Alexander Schwolow; Tobias Mohr, Henning Matriciani, Maya Yoshida, Cedric Brunner; Tom Krauss, Alex Kral; Marius Bulter, Dominick Drexler, Kenan Karaman; Simon Terodde.
With 15 minutes to go, let’s take a look at how the two sides are lining up - starting with our hosts!
BAYERN MUNICH XI (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Joshua Kimmich, Benjamin Pavard, Dayot Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez; Jamal Musiala, Leon Goretzka; Serge Gnabry, Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman; Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
Schalke will be forced to come out and attack in the second half, though it could be a dangerous proposition with Bayern’s effectiveness on the counter. Mollet could be sent in to replace the rather ineffective Drexler, while the pace of Larsson could aid in stretching Nagelsmann’s defence. The visitors will surely want to add a bit of insurance to their lead, with the experience of Sabitzer and the direct running of Tel potential additions late in the game.
That concludes our commentary of the Bundesliga fixture between Schalke and Bayern Munich! We hope you’ve enjoyed it!
Schalke get their campaign restarted on January 21, when they travel to play Eintracht Frankfurt. Bayern Munich are in action after the World Cup on January 20, when they meet Leipzig.