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Schalke celebrated their next spectacular victory. © RHR-FOTO / RHR-FOTO

102nd minute! A spectacular Bundesliga Friday

This Bundesliga Friday was tough. While Schalke 04 scored three points in the relegation battle with the latest goal in league history, 1. FC Köln won the derby at Bayer Leverkusen.

Cologne has stopped Leverkusen's impressive run in the German Bundesliga after 14 competitive games without defeat. The Cologne team won the derby around 15 kilometers northeast of their own arena 2-1 on Friday evening and dealt the Werkself a bitter blow ahead of the semi-final first leg in the Europa League on Thursday at AS Roma. Schalke celebrated a dramatic 3-2 win against Mainz: the winning goal came in the 102nd minute.

Thanks to a converted penalty kick by Marius Bülter, the Gelsenkirchen team achieved an important points victory in the relegation battle of the country's highest football league. Bülter (26th) and Tom Krauß (60th) had previously given Schalke the lead twice. Mainz equalized twice through Leandro Barreiro (53') and Aaron (70'). Schalke climbed to 14th place and thus temporarily out of the relegation zone.

Latest Bundesliga goal

FC Schalke 04's late luck can be proven by a record: Bülter converted the penalty kick with 101 minutes and 13 seconds left in the game. According to the statistics service provider Opta, the 30-year-old striker scored the latest goal in the Bundesliga since detailed statistics began to be recorded in 2004/2005. “A lot of training, and it wasn’t the first penalty I took,” said Bülter on the streaming service DAZN about his nerves at this point in the game.

Cologne (in blue) won the derby in Leverkusen. © CHAI

Meanwhile, Cologne got rid of their own relegation worries, which had only been very minor anyway. In the 14th minute, Florian Kainz set up Davie Selke's opening goal with a clever pass. The Cologne Sturmtank then made it 2-1 (36th) after Amine Adli had equalized to make it 1-1.

Bundesliga: Friday’s games

Leverkusen – Cologne 1:2
0:1 Selke (14th), 1:1 Adli (28th), 1:2 Selke (36th)

Mainz – Schalke 2:3
0:1 Bülter (26th), 1:1 Barreiro (53rd), 1:2 Krauß (60th), 2:2 Martin (70th), 2:3 penalty Bülter (90th + 12th)

The table

1. Bayern Munich31198483:3465
2. Bor. Dortmund31204773:4064
3. RB Leipzig31176855:3757
4. 1. FC Union Berlin31168744:3256
5. SC Freiburg31168746:3856
6. Bayer Leverkusen311461154:4348
7. VfL Wolfsburg311210954:4346
8. FSV Mainz 05311291051:4645
9. Eintracht Frankfurt3111101051:4943
10. Bor. M. Gladbach311091246:4839
11. 1. FC Cologne319111142:4938
12. Werder Bremen311051649:6035
13. FC Augsburg31971540:5534
14. 1899 Hoffenheim31951742:5232
15. FC Schalke 0431791531:5930
16. VfB Stuttgart316101539:5428
17. VfL Bochum31841933:6928
18. Hertha BSC Berlin31671837:6225


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