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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 22 55
2 Wolfsburg 22 47
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 37
4 Schalke 22 35
5 FC Augsburg 22 35
6 Bayer Leverkusen 22 33
7 Hoffenheim 22 30
8 Werder Bremen 22 30
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 28
10 Hannover 96 22 26
11 Mainz 22 25
12 Borussia Dortmund 22 25
13 Cologne 22 25
14 Hamburg 22 24
15 SC Paderborn 07 22 23
16 SC Freiburg 22 22
17 Hertha Berlin 22 21
18 Stuttgart 22 18

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