FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Schalke, Nice pick up wins

ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 19, 2015 11:20 AM
FOOTBALL ROUNDUP: Schalke, Nice pick up wins
Schalke's Johannes Geis, up, and Hoffenheim's Nadiem Amiri challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between FC Schalke 04 and TSG Hoffenheim in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Hoffenheim will spend the Christmas break in the Bundesliga relegation zone after losing 1-0 at Schalke on Friday.

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting scored for Schalke in the 28th minute as the match kicked off the German league's last round before the month-long winter break. Hoffenheim wasted several good opportunities in the second half after being dominated in the first.

The return of coach Huub Stevens to one of his former clubs was not a happy one. Since taking over in Hoffenheim, Stevens has only one win in seven matches.

The win improved Schalke's hopes of qualifying for the Champions League next season. It is provisionally fourth.

Choupo-Moting connected with a long cross from Johannes Geis after barely beating Pavel Kaderabek to the ball to knock it into the net.

NICE, France (AP) — Teenager Olivier Boscagli gave Nice a 1-0 win Friday over Montpellier to lift the Riviera side to fifth place in the French league.

Boscagli, the youngest player to score in the French league this season at 18 years, 1 month, pounced on the rebound in the 31st minute after Montpellier keeper Laurent Pionnier parried away a shot from Vincent Koziello.

The win ended a poor run for Nice, with just two victories in its previous eight league matches and midweek elimination from the League Cup.

Montpellier sits in 13th place, seven points behind Nice.

Runaway leader Paris Saint-Germain, which has a 17-point lead over second-place Angers, visits Caen on Saturday.

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