Summary

  • Baier's equaliser means Augsburg cannot possibly get relegated.
  • The draw means Schalke will almost certainly miss out on next season's UEFA Champions League.
  • Augsburg picked up a club-record 23rd point away from home.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's late strike looked to be enough to deliver victory for FC Schalke 04, but Daniel Baier's equaliser seven minutes later ensured a 1-1 draw, and a sixth consecutive top-flight season for FC Augsburg.

FC Schalke 04 1-1 FC Augsburg

Goals: 1-0 Huntelaar (82'), 1-1 Baier (89')

With potential UEFA Champions League qualification and Bundesliga survival at stake respectively for Schalke and Augsburg, the sides made a tepid start at the VELTINS Arena. The best chance in the opening 15 minutes fell to Sead Kolasinac, but his deflected shot nestled safely into the hands of Marwin Hitz. Schalke's superior first-half possession spoke to the fact that they began the day six places and nine points better off than Die Fuggerstädter, but they struggled to break Markus Weinzierl's men down. Joel Matip and Max Meyer saw close-range shots collected by Hitz before Huntelaar hit the near post with a curling free-kick. The visitors nearly scored against the run of play just before the break, but Alfred Finnbogason headed over from metres out and the teams went in at the interval all square at 0-0.

Augsburg started the second half brightly, and Raul Bobadilla - who had entered the fray after half an hour for the injured Ja-Cheol Koo - fizzed a low shot narrowly wide seconds after referee Christian Dingert had restarted play. At the other end Huntelaar wriggled free in the box, but his shot deflected over for a corner. Junior Caicara replaced Benedickt Höwedes for the final 20 minutes and wasted little time in making an impact. The Brazilian bombed forward before sending the ball into the Augsburg box, and Huntelaar instinctively stuck out a leg to score his 11th goal of the campaign. Augsburg had the final say, though, with Baier finding space on the edge of the box and firing home to seal a 1-1 draw.

Roman Neustädter bossed the game from the heart of FC Schalke 04's defence.

Man of the match

With club captain Höwedes struggling with injury and Matip set to leave, there has been extra pressure on converted midfielder Roman Neustädter this season. The former Borussia Mönchengladbach man continues to improve at the heart of Schalke's defence, and his game-high passes (74) and touches (91) were one minute away from helping the hosts to their ninth clean sheet of the campaign.

Talking point

This goes down as a missed opportunity for Schalke. With Gladbach winning against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, the Royal Blues will almost certainly have to settle for UEFA Europa League football next season. The Foals are three points away in fourth, but have a plus-16 better goal difference.

Match stats

  • Schalke completed 446 passes to Augsburg's 151.
  • Huntelaar's goal was his 20th in all competitions for club and country this season.
  • Baier had not scored since September 2014.
  • This was Augsburg's 23rd point on the road - a single-season club record.

Ja-cheol Koo (pictured, l.) was substituted after 32 minutes, with Raul Bobadilla taking his place.

Line-ups

Schalke: Fährmann - Höwedes (c) (Caicara 71'), Matip, Neustädter, Kolasinac - Höjbjerg (Schöpf 76'), Goretzka - Sane, Meyer (Geis 83'), Choupo-Moting - Huntelaar

Coach: Andre Breitenreiter

Augsburg: Hitz - Janker (Ji 86'), Gouweleeuw, Klavan, Max (Stafylidis 70') - Baier (c) - Kohr - Koo (Bobadilla 32'), Altintop, Caiuby - Finnbogason

Coach: Markus Weinzierl