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Schalke tighten third place in German Bundesliga

English.news.cn   2014-04-12 08:47:34

BERLIN, April 11 (Xinhua) -- Goals by Max Meyer and Jefferson Farfan secured Schalke a 2-0 win over Frankfurt in the opener of the 30th round of German Bundesliga on Friday.

Third placed Royal Blues cemented their Champions League ambitions as Jens Keller's men are boasting 10 points clear of the closest chasers.

It is Schalke's fourth straight home victory whereas Frankfurt recorded their 13th loss of the season to remain on 11th place.

Both sides staged an unspectacular first half as Frankfurt neutralized Schalke's offensive action with their well-positioned defence.

Schalke's Klaas Jan Huntelaar created the first scoring opportunity in the 36th minute when he headed on target from very close range. However, the effort was denied by Frankfurt keeper Kevin Trapp whose reflex deflected the ball over the bar.

The "Eagles" remained no threat whilst Schalke piled on the pressure after the restart. Roman Neustaedter and Julian Draxler came close to break the deadlock but it was youngster Max Meyer scoring in the 59th minute when he utilized a second ball to poke home from six meters.

The "Knappen" gained momentum and doubled the lead just minutes later. Nevertheless, Julian Draxler's goal was denied due to offside.

The hosts earned another chance to extend the lead when Carlos Zambrano brought down Draxler inside the box in the 64th minute. Huntelaar stepped up to convert the penalty but his effort was denied by Trapp.

Schalke pressed for the second goal but Leon Goretzka's long range shot on target rattled only the bar.

In the dying minutes, substitute Jefferson Farfan had an ace in the hole when he curled a free kick over the wall into the top left corner to mark the final score.

On Saturday, Bayern encounter Dortmund for the top clash, Monchengladbach see Stuttgart, Hannover meet Hamburg, Wolfsburg host Nuremberg, Freiburg clash Braunschweig and Mainz face Bremen.

Editor: chengyang
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