AMSTERDAM – Jermaine Jones returned to the Schalke lineup in a losing cause on Tuesday, as the home side dropped a 3-0 decision to Champions League guests Chelsea.
The US midfielder, who had not started a game for the Miners since late last month, departed the proceedings carrying a yellow card in the 71st minute.
With Schalke still only trailing by one in the 67th minute, poor finishing denied Jones a game-tying assist. The No. 13 shirt dutifully nodded a corner kick across the goalmouth, only to watch Benedickt Höwedes somehow nod wide from the doorstep.
Mere seconds later, Jones was unable to slow down Oscar on a Chelsea fast break and the Brazil playmaker calmly teed up Fernando Torres for his second goal of the game.
The result allowed the visitors to wrest the top spot in Group E away from Schalke on goal differential. Jones & Co. will get their chance for revenge when they visit Stamford Bridge for Matchday for on November 6.