Kalou pushes Hamburg deeper into Bundesliga danger

Sunday, 18 Mar, 2018

Substitute Breel Embolo helped create the decider when his pass across the box was turned into his own net by Robin Knoche four minutes from time.

Schalke 04 needed an 86th-minute own goal from Robin Knoche to beat hosts VfL Wolfsburg 1-0 yesterday, tightening their grip on second place and delaying title celebrations for leaders Bayern Munich by at least one matchday.

"We played well, but to miss a penalty and concede a goal like that is typical of our current situation", Knoche told Sky.

Bayern Munich will have to wait until after the global break to seal the Bundesliga title after Schalke 04's win over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday evening.

"I was thrilled for the team and for Ralf Fahrmann in particular because it hasn't always been easy for him this season and he hasn't always been at his best, which makes it all the better that he kept us in the game today", Tedesco said after the match, according to the Bundesliga's official website.

Hamburg's defeat keeps them second from bottom, seven points behind Mainz, who were outclassed in a 3-0 defeat to local rivals Eintracht Frankfurt. Luka Jovic then doubled the lead on 22 minutes, before Ante Rebic made it three just before half-time.

Koen Casteels had pulled off a superb reaction save to deny Matija Nastasic a goal late in the first half, however late on Riechedly Bazoer won a penalty for the Wolves, only for Ralf Fährmann to save the spot kick from Paul Verhaegh. Lars Stindl then leveled before Florian Grillitsch quickly restored the visitors' advantage.

Elsewhere, Werder Bremen moved further away from the bottom three with a clinical 3-1 win over Augsburg, while Matthias Ginter saved a late point for Borussia Moenchengladbach in a six-goal thriller with Hoffenheim.

Belfodil was twice on target before halftime.

Hertha Berlin rallied for a 2-1 victory at relegation-haunted Hamburg. Everything looked to be going well for the former European champions and their new coach Christian Titz when Douglas Santos put them ahead in the 25th minute.

Hamburg, the only club never to be relegated from the Bundesliga, is seven points from safety after 14 matches without a victory.