Schalke secure Bundesliga return at first time of asking


Schalke came from behind to defeat St Pauli Hamburg 3-2 on Saturday in the penultimate round of the second division and secure promotion back to the Bundesliga.

The visitors needed a win to maintain their own faints hope of promotion and an Igor Matanovic double in the first 17 minutes put them in front.

But Simon Terodde scored a penalty immediately after the restart, levelled in 71 minutes and Rodrigo Zalazer fired the winner soon after.

Schalke endured a miserable relegation in the 2020/21 season as they struggled with financial difficulties but succeeded in bouncing back at the first attempt.

Werder Bremen, also relegated last season, will take a firm grip of the second automatic promotion spot should they win at relegated Aue on Sunday.

Former European champions SV Hamburg and Darmstadt look set for a final day long-distance battle to secure the play-off place.

St Pauli, who had Marcel Beifus and Matanovic red carded late on, now have only a theoretical chance of a top three finish.

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