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Schalke beats Arminia Bielefeld 2-0

SCHALKE defeated Arminia Bielefeld 2-0 to rebound from a turbulent two weeks between Bundesliga games yesterday.

Since Schalke lost its second straight league contest on March 22, the club fired coach Fred Rutten and replaced him on an interim basis with Mike Buskens, Youri Mulder and Oliver Reck.

The change apparently worked, as Schalke grabbed the road win to jump one spot in the standings to seventh place with 40 points after 26 games, four points from a spot in the UEFA Cup.

Jefferson Farfan struck first in the 45th minute, and Kevin Kuranyi decided the game three minutes into injury time.

Bielefeld, which has not scored at home in its last three games, remained in the middle of the relegation fight at 15th in the 18-team standings with 24 points, two ahead of Borussia Moenchengladbach

Schalke started stronger but Bielefeld had a fine counterattack.

Both teams created chances in an entertaining first half, which ended with Schalke ahead on Farfan's header from a left cross by Christian Pander.

Schalke missed a golden chance to double the lead a minute after the break but Kuranyi headed off the crossbar.

Bielefeld was unable to create many chances in the second half but Berat Sadik headed over the goal in the 89th.

Kuranyi struck the left upright just seconds later at the other end but scored in injury time on a counterattack.


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