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Borussia-Park (ATT 54,010) 3rd May 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: F Meyer

M'gladbach Borussia Monchengladbach vs Schalke Schalke

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Schalke 1

J Draxler (82)

Narrow win for Schalke

Last Updated: 03/05/13 10:22pm

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Patrick Herrmann and Sead Kolasinac tangle.

Patrick Herrmann and Sead Kolasinac tangle.

Schalke consolidated fourth place in the Bundesliga thanks to a win at Borussia Monchengladbach which dents the Foals' hopes of playing in Europe next season.

An 82nd-minute goal from Julian Draxler decided a tense affair at the Borussia Park Stadion which could have gone either way.

The win lifts the Royal Blues six points clear of fifth-placed Eintracht Frankfurt, who are in action against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday, while Gladbach remain a point behind the top six but have played one game more than their rivals.

Not only was it a battle for places in Europe, it was also a battle between two local rivals and it was no surprise that it soon became a scrappy affair.

Chances were rare with Joel Matip almost putting through his own goal in the ninth minute when he turned a Juan Arango corner behind.

From the subsequent corner, Mike Hanke headed over the crossbar with the home team's first intended attempt on goal.

Arango was trying to carve out chances for his team-mates from corners and from open play, but Granit Xhaka sent the next shot over the crossbar while Schalke's answer was an effort from Michel Bastos which Marc Andre ter Stegen saved easily.

The visitors showed some signs of improvement early in the second half and Klaas Jan Huntelaar tested Ter Stegen again midway through.

Julian Draxler also made the Gladbach custodian work in the 73rd minute before leaving him no chance to put Schalke ahead in the 82nd minute after being put through on goal by Raffael.

Gladbach responded and laid siege to the Schalke goal as the Gelsenkirchen side retreated and defended their slender advantage.

The closest the Foals came to equalising was when Martin Stranzl turned the ball over the crossbar from Arango's free-kick, but Schalke held firm for the points.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25