Darmstadt 98 inflicted their third competitive defeat in a row for FC Schalke 04 in a thrilling game and overtook Gelsenkirchen in the second Bundesliga.

The team of coach Torsten Lieberknecht defeated the ailing first division relegation on Sunday 4: 2 (2: 1).

In the table, Darmstadt moved up to fourth place thanks to the away win, while Schalke is fifth with one point less.

Things got off to a good start for the hosts in the atmospheric Gelsenkirchen Arena.

In the eighth minute, the Schalke fans cheered over an own goal by Luca Pfeiffer from Darmstadt.

The guests didn't seem shocked afterwards, but turned the entertaining game around with goals from Phillip Tietz (11th) and Mathias Honsak (23rd).

At halftime there were whistles from the stands.

Schalke often lacked the power of attack in the DFB Cup at 1860 Munich and in the league in Heidenheim (both 0: 1).

The Grammozis team tried hard, but Tietz made it 3-1 (63rd) with his second goal of the afternoon.

Shortly before the end, Marvin Pieringer gave Schalke courage for a few seconds with his connecting goal (88th), but Benjamin Goller finally decided the game (89th).

Unimpressed by the fuss about Clemens Fandrich's long suspension, FC Erzgebirge Aue continued its small series of successes. Team boss Marc Hensel's team won 2-0 (2-0) against 1. FC Heidenheim and has been unbeaten in three games. Antonio Jonjic (29th / 45th minute) was the dominant player in the game with his two goals in front of 6,899 spectators. Although Aue is still on a relegation place, it is only one point behind the relegation place 16.

Fandrich, who was banned for seven months on Thursday and allegedly spat at an assistant referee in the game against Ingolstadt, took a seat in the stands and saw a superior Auer team in the first round.

Jonjic's shot took the lead with the help of the post, and shortly before the break, the 22-year-old successfully completed a counterattack.

The second half was uneventful, and neither team had great chances.