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Weserstadion (ATT 42,100) 6th April 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: K Kircher

W Bremen Werder Bremen vs Schalke Schalke

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Schalke 2

J Draxler (51)
C Marica (69)

Schalke close gap on third

Last Updated: 06/04/13 6:12pm

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Julian Draxler wheels away after scoring

Julian Draxler wheels away after scoring

Schalke remained in the running for an automatic Champions League spot with victory at Werder Bremen as they closed the gap on third-placed Bayer Leverkusen to four points.

Julian Draxler opened the scoring for Schalke in the 51st minute and Ciprian Marica made it 2-0 after 69 minutes as Jens Keller's side picked up their fifth victory in their last six matches to move on to 45 points.

Bremen, meanwhile, extended their winless streak to seven matches to remain on 31 points.

Bremen had the first chance after 11 minutes as Schalke keeper Timo Hildebrand twice stopped attempts by Kevin De Bruyne.

Hildebrand once again was too good for De Bruyne in the 17th minute, hitting away a shot by the Belgian.

Schalke posed little danger in the first half but they forced Bremen goalkeeper Sebastian Mielitz into a fine stop in the 47th minute from a header from four yards by Joel Matip.

Schalke grabbed the lead just four minutes later as a loose ball went to Draxler and he shot through the legs of Bremen defender Sokratis Papastathopoulos and into the back of the net.

The guests nearly doubled the lead in the 54th minute but Bremen defender Assani Lukimya cleared Marica's shot with a bicycle kick on the line.

The hosts were inches from equalising in the 57th minute but Aaron Hunt's free kick went just left of the upright.

But it was Schalke who scored the next goal, making it 2-0 in the 69th minute with Lukimya playing a poor pass to his keeper, which Raffael latched on to and passed to Marica, who slotted home for the decider.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 35
12 Werder Bremen 30 33
13 Hannover 96 30 32
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25

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