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Football: Schalke relegated after 1-0 loss at Bielefeld

Wednesday, 2021-04-21 08:07:43
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Arminia Bielefeld's Fabian Klos scores their first goal. (Photo: Reuters)
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Schalke 04 were relegated from the Bundesliga for the first time in 33 years on Tuesday after losing 1-0 to fellow strugglers Arminia Bielefeld to stay in last place, 13 points off the relegation playoff spot with only four matches remaining.

Fabian Klos's powerful 50th-minute strike sealed the fate of Schalke, who have managed only two wins in the entire season. It was another lacklustre performance from Schalke who never really threatened.

* Chelsea moved into the Premier League's top four after a 0-0 draw against Brighton on Tuesday (Apr 20). Chelsea visit West Ham on Saturday in a crucial clash in the race to qualify for next season's Champions League.

* Bayern Munich eased to a 2-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday (Apr 20) with two early goals to open up a 10-point gap at the top of the Bundesliga as they moved to within one win of securing a record-extending ninth straight league crown.

* Tottenham confirmed on Tuesday (Apr 20) that former midfielder Ryan Mason would be in caretaker charge until the end of the season following the sacking of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho was dismissed on Monday following a disappointing run of form that has left Spurs struggling to qualify for next season's Champions League.

* Reigning champions Suzuki announced on Tuesday (Apr 20) that they had become the latest team to extend their deal to race in MotoGP, saying they had committed until the 2026 season. Suzuki follows fellow manufacturers Yamaha, Honda, Ducati and KTM as well as several independent teams in signing up for the 2022 to 2026 seasons.

* Britain's Simon Yates powered to a solo victory in the Tour of the Alps in Austria on Tuesday (Apr 20) to take the overall race lead as he builds towards next month's Giro d'Italia. Yates, riding for Team BikeExchange, finished 41 seconds ahead of defending champion Pavel Sivakov of Ineos Grenadiers after the first mountain stage of the race between Austria and Italy.

* Former Stuttgart champion Laura Siegemund will face world number one Ashleigh Barty of Australia in the second round of the clay-court WTA tournament after seeing off qualifier Mona Barthel on Tuesday (Apr 20). Siegemund, 33, who won the Stuttgart tournament in 2017 and reached the 2016 final, needed just over two hours to seal a 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 first-round win over Barthel, who fired down four aces without reply.

* Manchester City, Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham withdrew on Tuesday (Apr 20) from proposals for a European Super League (ESL) as the controversial plan collapsed amid a furious backlash. The move from the Premier League clubs leaves just six sides – Real Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Juventus – still involved in the project.

* Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward, one of the leading figures in the breakaway European Super League project, will step down from his role at United at the end of 2021, the Premier League club said on Tuesday.

Reuters, CNA