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On Wednesday evening (May 12th), the fans of 1. FC Köln must have watched the Bundesliga catch-up game between the bottom line FC Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC with great unease. And in the end, all hope and fear did not bring anything: After the 2-1 away win of the Berliners against corona-stricken Schalkeers, FC is even threatened with direct relegation in a direct duel at Hertha (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.)!

  • Hertha BSC wins 2-1 at FC Schalke 04
  • Hertha BSC extends the lead on 1. FC Köln to five points
  • Cologne is threatened with direct relegation on the coming matchday

With the three, Hertha gained a five-point cushion on the penultimate, 1. FC Köln. In the home game against FC, Pal Dardai’s (45) team now has a draw to prevent direct relegation for good. With a win, the Berliners would be saved with a high degree of probability.

“We now have two match points. And we will do it, ”Dardai announced after the final whistle.

1. Bundesliga: Hertha BSC turns game at FC Schalke 04

However, there were two “positive” messages for FC: Hertha’s midfield racer Vladimir Darida (30) picked up the fifth yellow of the season at Schalke (50th). So the Czech has to pause against Cologne. And Dodi Lukebakio (23) will not be allowed to participate either. Shortly before the end he saw the yellow-red box (88th).

Hertha is also worried about Amgreifer Krzysztof Piatek (25). the Pole had to go down injured after 58 minutes. When asked whether the striker will be able to play against Cologne, Dardai said immediately after the game: “I don’t think so.”

Berlin’s Vladimir Darida (l.) Leaves. Salif Sané and FC Schalke 04 had to admit defeat to Hertha BSC 1: 2 on Wednesday (May 12). Due to a yellow card suspension, the Czech will miss the next game against 1. FC Köln.

The game had started promisingly for Schalke, which had to do without seven professionals due to various corona cases in the team: Amine Harit (23) put the Royal Blues in the lead with a great left-footed shot in the sixth minute. But captain Dedryck Boyata (30) headed in the 19th and substitute Jessica Ngankam (20) in the 74th minute turned the game in favor of the guests.

The Berliners had huge dizziness in stoppage time when Schalke failed twice on the post and left the chance of equalizing.

In the end, however, the Dardai troop saved the important victory at the finish – and should now go into the upcoming duel with the Cologne team with a broad chest. Schalke meanwhile celebrated the next sad record: eleven home defeats within one season are a new negative record.

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