Uwe Hünemeier’s own goal was the difference between the sides, with Schalke now guaranteed a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League but Paderborn in need of a win against VfB Stuttgart next week to have any chance of staying up.
Both sides went into this game with plenty to play for, with Schalke on course for a Europa League spot, and Paderborn battling against the drop. The first half was one to forget, however, with defences on top and chances few and far between.
The attrition persisted after the break, with Schalke, despite a host of talent on the pitch, unable to create any meaningful chances. Their relief finally came in the 89th minute when Hünemeier bundled home from close range under pressure from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to effectively seal Schalke’s place in Europe next season and push Paderborn a step closer to the drop.
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