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Good news for Bayern as Schalke loses

Lance Knight2010-05-10 01:16:27 +0000 #1
Sunday, March 20, 2005

Bundesliga: Schalke loss hits title bid

FRANKFURT, March 20 (Reuters) - Schalke 04 handed the Bundesliga title initiative straight back to Bayern Munich on Sunday when they suffered a 2-1 defeat at struggling FSV Mainz.

Schalke, who beat Bayern 1-0 last weekend to take over at the top, found the role of front-runners a lot tougher to play and Mainz took the lead within 60 seconds via a Fabian Gerber header.

Lincoln pulled Schalke level from the penalty spot in the 70th minute but a Michael Thurk volley nine minutes later earned Mainz a valuable win in their battle to avoid the drop.

The result confirmed Bayern as leaders once again following their 3-1 home win over Hansa Rostock on Saturday.

With eight games left to play, Bayern and Schalke each have 53 points, with Bayern ahead on goal difference.

VfB Stuttgart moved back into third place on 48 points with a 1-0 home win over bottom club SC Freiburg.

Werder are fourth on 47 after their 2-1 win at FC Nuremberg on Saturday.



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