It‘s been in the air for months, but after Tuesday night, Schalke 04 can’t be saved. Die Königsblauen went down with competitor Arminia Bielefeld and finally descend to the Second Bundesliga after this season.
Arminia Bielefeld-Schalke 04 1-0At the start it was clear that Schalke needed a miracle. The team of Dimitrios Grammozis had to win all its last five matches in order to get above the demotion line. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and his own men came in ninety minutes against Arminia to zero shots at target. In the second half they went down: first it was Fabian Klos who entered the 1-0 from a distance, not long after that Malick Thiaw received his second yellow card.
In the final phase, Ralf Fährmann stopped another penalty from Klos — the rebound went in, but was rejected for offside action — but that eructation was no longer able to help Schalke. Die Königsblauen have been with the lower two in the Bundesliga all season and will not come out below the line.
Bayern München-Bayer Leverkusen 2-0On the other side of the ranking, the race seems to run as well. Bayern Munich did business against Bayer Leverkusen early and had enough of a furious first quarter: Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting and Joshua Kimmich capted the final score early in the match. Bayern will enter the last four rounds with a 10-point lead on RB Leipzig and will be able to start his ninth (!) securing title in a row.
The other results are Frankfurt-FC Augsburg 2-01. FC Köln-RB Leipzig 2-1