Vice-champion FC Schalke 04 just before Christmas, started final, the relegation battle in the Bundesliga. The Gelsenkirchen club lost the crisis duel against Bayer Leverkusen in their own stadium with 1:2 (1:2) and go with a single point advantage on the relegation place in the last Hinrunden-round - you at the tables-16. in Stuttgart compete. In the Winter, the Royal blue, the celebrated before the kick-off with 61.548 spectators at the not quite sold-out Arena, a moving farewell to the coal-mining industry could increase, thus, the discussion of coach Domenico Tedesco and Manager Christian Heidel sharpness.
Also Leverkusen's coach Heiko Herrlich may be his job not sure. However, after the victory by goals from Aleksandar Dragovic (26.) and Lucas Alario (35.) Bayer now has six points more than the Schalke, and is the European Cup ranks closer to the relegation places. For the hosts, Haji Wright (45 met.+2) in a weak encounter.
Both teams was noted the disappointing situation, you had inhibited and insecure. The hosts tried to begin with, only to game control, but went on the Offensive to timid. The retaliated, as Bayer came up. A pathetic low shot from Dominik Kohr (24.) it was a first warning. Then Dragovic in the margin after a post hit by Leon Bailey. Referee Deniz Aytekin had initially ruled Offside, was corrected by the video wizard.
In this hit-S04-goalkeeper Ralf ferryman looked unhappy, because the Ball slipped through the legs. The second goal was completely on the cap of the circuit's. He had the shot of Alario slip through. For the patient half the audience this was the Signal to weary of the loud "We'll see"-chants and Whistles you fight. The host had totally lost the plot and wandered, temporarily.
The goal of Wright gave them for the second half lift. The home side struggled in the game, but more hardly any structure on the place, and tried it with the proverbial crowbar. The substitute Steven Skrzybski (68.) and Yevgeny Konopljanka (72.) as well as Daniel Caligiuri (84.) and Weston McKennie (88.) spurning good chances for Schalke. Leverkusen came hardly to attacks, even Relief, brought the victory home. (dpa)