Schalke midfielder will join Bayern in the summer and his display against them will have pleased home fans in Munich
At least he ended up with an assist from it. It was a whisker from being one of the goals of the season, as Leon Goretzka threw a bicycle kick at Breel Embolo’s cross, and Sven Ulreich looked beaten. Unfortunately, the ball didn’t connect with his laces but flicked off the outside of his boot – falling to Franco Di Santo at the back post, who applied a measured finish.
No matter. It was, Goretzka told Sky afterwards without the smallest hint of bashfulness, something he’d managed before. “It wasn’t as it should have been today,” he shrugged, “but it ended in a goal, which is the most important thing.” No matter either that Di Santo’s strike offered Schalke only brief parity at the Allianz Arena, with Thomas Müller slotting home a winner later in the first half after Robert Lewandowski had got things started.