Schalke 04 returns to the Bundesliga as a second division champion for the third time. A week after the emotional promotion party in the home arena, the royal blue ended their six season in the lower house with a 2-1 (1-0) at 1. FC Nürnberg and took first place in the final table as in 1982 and 1991.
The Gelsenkirchener had already made the immediate return perfect with the 3-2 against FC St. Pauli seven days earlier. Darmstadt 98, on the other hand, must bury all hopes for a Bundesliga return after a heartbeat final. The team of coach Torsten Lieberknecht prevailed 3-0 (3-0) against SC Paderborn on the last second division game day, remained by the victories of the direct promoted Werder Bremen (2-0 against Jahn Regensburg) and Hamburger SV (3-2 with Hansa Rostock) But unfortunate fourth.
After the storm and the subsequent party night a week ago, the official promotion ceremony of the Schalke rises on Monday (6:00 p.m.) on Rudi-Assauer-Platz in front of the arena. For the fourth time, Simon Terodde grabbed the title as a top scorer. The 34-year-old decided the game with his 30th goal of the season (88th). The second division record shooter broke the 30s mark for the first time in his career.
Rodrigo Zalazar, already cheered against St. Pauli as a winning goal scorer, put Schalke in the lead with a dream goal from his own half (15th): The Uruguayer scored 58 meters. Lukas Schleimer (86.). The 50,000 spectators in the Max Morlock Stadium, which had been sold out for the first time in three years, celebrated the fan friendship of the two old masters extensively.
Darmstadt wins, but hopes in vain
In Darmstadt, Tim Skarke (2nd) and Luca Pfeiffer (25th/37th) rewarded the lilies with their goals for an incredibly passionate appearance. Due to the clear leadership, the eyes went early to Rostock – the Hamburger SV, but late, caused disillusionment among the Darmstadt. The Paderborn Marcin Cuni (79th) received the red card because of rough foul.
Darmstadt played an even better starting point last week at Fortuna Düsseldorf (1: 2). The support in the stands was all the greater: after a march to the stadium at the Böllenfall goal, the fans swore their team with an impressive choreo.
From second to fourth, everything was possible before the kick -off. Accordingly, Darmstadt started furiously: Skarke set the first exclamation mark in the promotion battle early on. Lieberknecht did not want to find out constantly about the other results, but the HSV deficit caused great jubilation in the ranks.
In front of Hertha coach Felix Magath, the lilies continued undeterred. Phillip Tietz (19th) initially missed the second goal, but a little later Pfeiffer expanded the lead with a double pack. To do this, the SVD was able to rely on goalkeeper Marcel shoes.
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Darmstadt continued to play forward after the break before 13,710 fans. While the nervousness in the stands rose through the Hamburg equalizer in Rostock, Lieberknecht’s eleven left nothing to burn with the lead. Pfeiffer’s third hit (69th) was also withdrawn due to an offside position according to video evidence.