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Schalke's Europa League qualification spot in danger after 2-0 loss at Mainz in Bundesliga


BERLIN — Mainz defender Stefan Bell scored twice to give his side a 2-0 win over Schalke in the Bundesliga on Friday.

The visitors had six efforts on goal in the first 20 minutes, only for Bell to score after a corner in the 28th and make it 2-0 with a header from another corner three minutes later.

Jefferson Farfan might have pulled one back early in the second half, only to drag his shot just wide, and Schalke struggled to create chances after that.

Mainz midfielder Johannes Geis struck the post with a free kick in the 77th, before Leon Goretzka struck the crossbar at the other end.

The home side moved eighth, five points behind fifth-place Schalke, which is being challenged by a number of clubs fighting for Europa League qualification.

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