DAVID SMITH - Thursday, August 22, 2013
Jermaine Jones played the full 90 minutes for Schalke in Champions League action on Wednesday, as the team put on a disappointing display in a home draw against PAOK Thessaloniki.

Despite what has been a subpar start to their domestic season, Schalke needed just a few minutes to impose their will on the game and put the Greeks on the back heel.

Their breakthrough finally came in the 31st minute when Adam Szalai received the ball amidst a crowd of defenders near the PAOK spot and deftly flicked it out wide right to Jefferson Farfan for a perfectly placed shot to the lower far corner.

Schalke continued to dominate possession and flow of the game, although became increasingly frustrated with their inability to increase their safety net.

This turned out to be particularly costly with 18 minutes left on the game clock, as their visitors PAOK grabbed what could turn out to be a crucial away goal.

The visitors managed to string together a series of quick passes against a passive defense to advance to the edge of the Schalke are, and Lino's pass to Miroslav Stoch set up the Slovakian international for a charging run to the middle and rocket of a shot that evaded Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand.

The result leaves the Königsblauen in a tricky position, having the onus to score in next Tuesday's return leg in Greece firmly on their shoulders. Beforehand, they will try to earn their first league win of the season with a visit to Hannover on Saturday.

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