Arminia Bielefeld vs Schalke 04 – Football Game Report – April 21, 2021

Schalke 04 was downgraded from the Bundesliga for the first time in 33 years on Tuesday after losing 1-0 to fellow contenders Arminia Bielefeld to stay in last place, 13 points off the relegation play-off spot. but four games remaining.

Fabian Klos’ powerful 50-minute strike sealed Schalke’s fate, which has managed just two wins in the entire season.

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The Royal Blues, among the most fiercely supported in Germany with an average attendance of over 60,000 per game, were downgraded three times in the 1980s – the last time in 1988.

They enjoyed greater success in the following decades, winning the UEFA Cup in 1997 and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2011.

The visitors were left with 10 men when Malick Thiaw was sent off for a second booking in the 71st minute and keeper Ralf Faehrmann had to save a penalty in the 80th.

At the final whistle Schalke’s players were left crying, swearing or just looking forward in total shock.

“This is a very bitter hour for all Schalke fans,” said Schalke coach Dimitrios Grammozis, who took over last month.

“We are very disappointed that we now know for sure that we have to go to the second division. Despite this disappointment we have to look ahead and put in place a team that will do our best. fans proud once again. “

Having gone through five coaches in the current campaign, Schalke has conceded 76 goals, more than any other team in an entire season since 2000.

Earlier in the season they narrowly missed the average of the worst run in Bundesliga history in a game, having gone 30 games in the league without a win.

They enjoyed greater success in the following decades, winning the UEFA Cup in 1997 and reaching the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2011.

The seven-time champions have never won the Bundesliga since the introduction of the top division in 1963 with their last league title in Germany dating back to 1958.

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