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Mainz inflict more pain on out of form Schalke 04

18 Dec 2012 21:16:49

Mainz inflict more pain on out of form Schalke 04

Schalke 04 continued their dismal run of form as the 2011 German Cup winners crashed out of this season's competition beaten 2-1 by Second Division Mainz in their round of last 16 clash on Tuesday.

Jens Keller saw his reign as caretaker coach get off to the worst possible start, since taking over from Huub Stevens on Sunday, as an 83rd minute winner from Nicolai Muller proved the difference.

Schalke, who topped their group in the Champions League, went behind on the half-hour mark when Marco Caligiuri opened the scoring, but they levelled the match with 15 minutes to go thanks to Dutch international Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.

Muller then added insult to injury for Schalke with his late winner leaving the hosts with just the Champions League to play for as thanks to a run of just two points from their last 18 in the Bundesliga they are 17 points adrift of leaders Bayern Munich.

Bayern Munich are in action later against Augsburg and Kickers Offenbach take on Fortuna Dusseldorf.


AFP

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