Augsburg's relegation concerns appear to be fading away. So do Schalke's hopes of Europa League qualification. Augsburg hit the road to Gelsenkirchen on Sunday and took advantage of the hosts' errors, winning 3-0 in a convincing performance. The victory puts the club nine points clear of direct relegation with seven games to go. On the other side, Schalke's winless streak in the league is up to nine games. The club sits just two points back of Europa League qualification but with little hope in getting back into the race due to an anemic attack.
Schalke had 67 percent of possession in this game, but just two shots on goal to show for it. Augsburg capitalized three times on errors by the hosts to make them pay. The efficient visitors put seven of their nine shots on goal and three found the back of the net.
Weston McKennie's turnover and foul saw Eduard Lowen score the winner just six minutes in with this fantastic free kick:
After another error at the back gave Noah Sarenren Bazee the second goal, it was Venezuelan international Sergio Cordova who wrapped things up in the 91st minute by stealing the ball and finishing brilliantly.
⚽🔥¡Goool de @FCAugsburg!— TUDN USA (@TUDNUSA) May 24, 2020
⚽🔥¡Goool de @FCAugsburg!
⚽🔥¡Goool de @FCAugsburg!
Terrible error de la defensa local. Sergio Córdova les roba el balón, saca al arquero y firma la goleada
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Schalke has now scored just two goals in its last nine games, conceding 22 times as the pressure is sure to mount on manager David Wagner. With injury problems and a lack of creativity, it may get worse before it gets better. Suat Serder, arguably the team's most important player in the final third, picked up a knee injury and had to be taken off. He took a knee to the back of his own knee and could not continue in the second half.
What was once a promising season for Schalke -- which lost to Borussia Dortmund by four goals last week in the first game after the Bundesliga shutdown -- has fallen off the rails. With seven games to go, the club only faces one top-four club the rest of the way, so Schalke will have its chance to get back into a Europa League spot, but only if the group somehow dramatically improves on its poor displays.
Schalke 0, Augsburg 3 (FT)
⚽ Augsburg - Eduard Lowen (6')
⚽ Schalke - Noah Sarenren Bazee (76')
⚽ Schalke - Sergio Cordova (90+1')