Bundesliga tightens again with Schalke win

Updated: March 11, 2012

Schalke 04 closed in on a Champions League place and pushed Hamburg SV towards the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

Werder Bremen thumped Hanover 96 3-0 in the day’s other game with Claudio Pizarro, Sebastian Proedl and Markus Rosenberg sharing the goals.

Schalke’s win kept them fourth, which would earn a place in the Champions League qualifying round next season, with 47 points, and moved them within one point of third-placed Borussia Moenchengladbach and a potential place in the group stage.

Borussia Dortmund, held 0-0 at Augsburg on Saturday, lead with 56 points, five ahead of Bayern Munich who thumped Hoffenheim 7-1.