Schalke storm back to de­feat Darm­stadt

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Schalke came from be­hind to make it seven games un­beaten in the Bun­desliga and 12 in all com­pe­ti­tions with a 3-1 win over Darm­stadt.

San­dro Sirigu’s pass sent Mar­cel Heller through to skip past Ralf Fahrmann and slot in his first goal of the sea­son early on, but Schalke lev­elled when Eric Maxim Choupo-Mot­ing’s cross was headed in by Sead Ko­lasinac from close range.

A foul by Ay­tac Sulu on Leon Goret­zka in­side the area gave Choupo-Mot­ing the chance to put the hosts in front, but his spot-kick was saved by Michael Esser’s foot as the Schalke striker sent his shot straight down the mid­dle.

The Cameroon for­ward made up for that miss by turn­ing in Max Meyer’s cross to put Schalke in front on the hour mark be­fore Alessan­dro Schopf wrapped up the Royal Blues’ win in the last minute.

Franck Ribery signs new con­tract with Bun­desliga cham­pi­ons

Bay­ern Mu­nich winger Franck Ribery has signed ex­tended his con­tract with the Bun­desliga giants.

The French­man has made over 300 com­pet­i­tive ap­pear­ances since join­ing the club from Mar­seille in 2007, win­ning six league ti­tles, five cups, the Cham­pi­ons League, the FIFA Club World Cup and the UEFA Su­per­cup, and his new deal keeps him at the Al­lianz Arena un­til 2018.

The 33-year-old has played 12 times for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this sea­son, as they sit sec­ond in the ta­ble be­hind sur­prise lead­ers RB Leipzig.

“I’m very happy to play for FC Bay­ern for an­other year,” Ribery told the Ger­man club’s of­fi­cial web­site.

“This great club and the city have be­come my home, both in terms of sport and in pri­vate.

“I’m look­ing for­ward to many more beau­ti­ful mo­ments to­gether with the FC Bay­ern fans, and I want to play my part in the team’s suc­cess in the next one and a half years.”

Chair­man Karl-Heinz Rum­menigge added: “FC Bay­ern’s big­gest tri­umphs in the last few years are closely linked with Franck Ribery. He’s both a key player and

GER­MANY Bun­desliga

Yes­ter­day Schalke-Darm­stadt ........................... 3-1 Hertha Ber­lin-1. FSV Mainz 05 ......... 2-1

Stand­ings

RB Leipzig 12 9 3 0 27 10 30 Bay­ern Mu­nich12 8 3 1 26 8 27 Hertha Ber­lin 12 7 3 2 19 11 24 E. Frank­furt 12 7 3 2 18 10 24 1. FC Koln 12 6 4 2 18 8 22 Hof­fen­heim 12 5 7 0 21 14 22 Dort­mund 12 6 3 3 27 14 21 Schalke 12 5 2 5 17 13 17 FSV Mainz 05 12 5 2 5 22 22 17 B. Lev­erkusen 12 5 1 6 19 20 16 SC Freiburg 12 5 0 7 16 24 15 FC Augs­burg 12 3 4 5 10 14 13 B. M’glad­bach 12 3 4 5 12 18 13 Wolfs­burg 12 2 4 6 10 15 10 Darm­stadt 12 2 2 8 11 24 8 SV W. Bre­men 12 2 2 8 15 31 8 In­gol­stadt 12 1 3 8 9 22 6 Ham­burger SV 12 0 4 8 8 27 4 a crowd-pleaser, so we’re happy we’ve ex­tended the con­tract with Franck by an­other year.”

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