Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Teen rising star shoots Schalke into semis

Teenage super-sub Julian Draxler on Tuesday put Schalke 04 into the semi-finals of the German Cup after scoring an extra-time winner to seal a 3-2 victory over Nuremberg, just minutes after coming off the bench.

The Germany Under-18 midfielder, making only his third Schalke appearance, came off the bench in the 116th minute of the quarter-final and three minutes later scored from the edge of the penalty area for a fairytale finish.

"It is hard to describe how this feels, I was only just on the pitch for the last five minutes and I never dreamed this would happen," said the stunned teenager.

"I have tomorrow off, so I'll be going to visit some of my school friends to see what they make of this. It would be unbelievable to play in the final in Berlin now."

Draxler only signed a professional contract earlier this month having caught the eye during Schalke's training camp.

He played his first German league match against Hamburg ten days ago to become the youngest Schalke player to play in the Bundesliga, aged 17 years and 117 days.

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