By Jojo Malig
Philippine Azkals midfield spark plug Stephan Schröck returned to action in Germany Saturday, helping Greuther Fürth defeat Dynamo Dresden, 1-0, at the Trolli Arena.
Schrock was deployed at right midfield by Greuther Fürth manager Michael Büskens in the 2. Bundesliga clash.
The Filipino-German was the spearhead of several attacking plays and was unlucky to miss several scoring chances.
With the hosts pushing forward in the 18th minute, Schrock recieved a pass and pulled off a strike that missed the target.
His teammate, Olivier Occean, scored the game’s lone goal off an assist from Sebastian Tyrala in the 48th minute.
A minute later, Dresden were reduced to 10 men when Cristian Fiel was sent off for a foul.
Schrock tried to increase Greuther Fürth’s lead in the 51st minute but his shot was off the mark.
The visitors tried to launch a fightback but their efforts went for naught, even as another Dresden player, Pavel Fort, was given a red card in the 70th minute.
In the 81st minute, Schrock looked set to ensure their win with a goal but his shot was blocked by Dresden defenders.
Greuther Fürth boss Büskens rested Schrock in the 84th minute, bringing in Christian Rahn to replace the Filipino-German.
The 24-year-old Schrock, whose roots are from Parang in North Cotabato, made his international debut for the Azkals against Sri Lanka last June 29.
He scored the Philippines’ lone goal in the Azkals’ 1-2 loss to Gulf powerhouse Kuwait in the second leg of their FIFA World Cup qualifying tie at the Rizal Memorial Stadium last June 28.
Greuther Fürth are currently 4th in the 2. Bundesliga table, with 6 points from 3 matches and just a point off league leaders Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Before the 2. Bundesliga match, Greuther Fürth were coming off a 10-0 demolition of German 6th-tier league club Eimsbütteler TV in the opening round of the 2011-2012 DFB-Pokal cup competition.
Greuther Fürth will travel to Paderborn’s Energieteam Arena for their next league match on August 13. Published in ABS-CBN News