Bundesliga Roundup, Feb. 14

BY foxsports • February 14, 2010

Joel Matip and Jefferson Farfan scored in each half as Schalke beat Cologne 2-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday to stay on course for a Champions League spot.

Schalke's sixth straight home victory without conceding a goal gave Felix Magath's third-place team 45 points, three behind Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich and six points ahead of Hamburger SV.

Eintracht Frankfurt played Freiburg later Sunday.

"We were patient and the players knew that we would get our chances," Magath said. "We work for our wins, that's what we can do right now. We have a young team and we are not able to play spectacular football."

Schalke, as in many previous matches, had the upper hand in a largely dour display, but took its chances while giving very little awat at the back.

Matip, an 18-year-old defensive midfielder, headed in a free kick taken by Lukas Schmitz in stoppage time of the first half for his second Bundesliga goal.

Jefferson secured the victory in the 81st minute, connecting with a pass from Kevin Kuranyi to score from close range.

On Saturday, Bayern Munich rallied to beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 and move within a goal of Bayer Leverkusen, which capitalized on two goalkeeping errors to beat defending champion Wolfsburg 2-1 and remain undefeated.

Bayern and Leverkusen both have 48 points and have scored 48 goals, but Leverkusen has conceded one less goal.

Ruud van Nistelrooy scored his first Bundesliga goals, notching two in three minutes to give Hamburger SV a 3-1 win in Stuttgart. Werder Bremen thrashed Hannover 5-1 and Bochum beat Hoffenheim 2-1. Last-place Hertha Berlin drew 1-1 with Mainz.


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