BERLIN (AP) — Schalke eked out a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Freiburg to ease the pressure on coach Jens Keller on Sunday, while Bayer Leverkusen lost 1-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.
Despite dominating possession, Schalke needed an own goal from Nicolas Hoefler for the breakthrough a minute before the interval. The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Jefferson Farfan's corner and bundled the ball into his own net.
Farfan settled the result in the 67th with a penalty after Freiburg substitute Tim Albutat brought down Max Meyer on the edge of the penalty area. TV replays were inconclusive as to whether the foul occurred inside or outside the area.
"We're talking about 20 centimeters. It's hard for a referee. Of course we're happy that he awarded it," said Keller, who had been under increasing pressure since Schalke was knocked out of the German Cup.
Oliver Baumann produced a fingertip save to deny Meyer from scoring with an overhead kick two minutes later, in what was the highlight of a scrappy game.
"The win will do the whole club, the whole team good, even if we didn't deliver our best performance. We're simply happy to have won," said Keller, who took over from the dismissed Huub Stevens a year ago.
"I have the feeling I'm still under pressure," Keller said. "But it's not about me. We'll have to see what decision is taken. I'm happy with every day that I'm here. Nobody thought I'd last so long."
The loudest cheers came with two minutes remaining when Schalke fan favorite Kyriakos Papadopoulos came on after more than a year out due to knee problems.