Mark Uth bowed, the audience rose from their seats and thought the so long prevented goalscorer with thunderous applause.
"The fans were very patient with me," said the new international from FC Schalke 04 after the 3-1 (0-0) against Hannover 96: "It took a very, very long – far too long."
Exactly 1083 minutes – then finally the 27-year-old had scored his first goal for the Royal Blues. (The game to read in TICKER)
Patience was also needed in his 15th competitive match for his new employer.
Only in the 85th minute brought the Ex-Hoffenheimer, who had changed in the summer with the recommendation of 17 goals this season to Gelsenkirchen, the ball in the goal – and was not repacked.
Offside goal of Uth
More than an hour before Uth had already cheered, but the long-awaited goal was withdrawn because offside.
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In any case, the newcomer had already made a significant contribution to the history of the third Schalke victory this season, even before his redeeming Premierentor.
Video Assistant takes penalty for Schalke
After the offside goal he pulled out a penalty, the referee Markus Schmidt whistled, but after intervention of the video assistant Daniel Schlager but back again (32). "Being a foul foul is crazy," said Uth.
It was followed by the biggest chance of the first half, in which he missed free-standing the long corner (39) and the second controversial penalty in which no one from the video room in Cologne intervened and the Nabil Bentaleb transformed (57) – after 273 scoreless Schalke Bundesliga minutes.
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Hanover goalkeeper Philipp Tschauner, who should have gotten Uth from the legs, scented a concession decision.
"I felt he was waiting for something to whistle against us after the two contentious situations," the keeper told the referee. Uth, however, had felt "a touch, at tempo that's enough."
After the equalizer by Hendrik Weydandt (70.) and the return 2: 1 by Breel Embolo (71.) struck yet Uths hour.
Schalke: Second home win
The striker, who had already scored the decisive goal in the penalty shoot-out at the second knockout round of the DFB Cup in the DFB Cup on Wednesday, eliminated the last doubts of Schalke's second home win of the season.
The troubled runner-up not only climbed out of the table cellar, but ended his scoring – for the first time in almost eleven months, the team of coach Domenico Tedesco met three times in a game. (All results at a glance)
The last time was 3: 2 on 13 December 2017 against FC Augsburg.
S04 fans celebrate Uth
When the 60,000 in the Veltins Arena celebrated him with standing ovations and called his name, Uth had finally arrived on Schalke.
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"Patience pays off," said the national player, who made his debut for the German Football Association (DFB) on 13 October at the 0-3 in Amsterdam against the Netherlands.
Even in recent games, he had consistently counted among the best Schalke players, although Tedesco had used in the Champions League and the Cup as a driver in the midfield.
"Actually," Uth noted afterwards, "I'm a striker." On Saturday he proved it.