Schalke wins 4-1 at Kaiserslautern in Bundesliga


FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Schalke came from behind to win 4-1 at Kaiserslautern in the Bundesliga on Sunday and stay in the chase for a place in next season's Champions League.

Kaiserslautern is winless in 16 matches and stayed bottom of the league, three points behind Hertha Berlin and six points from safety.

Schalke, a quarterfinalist in the Europa League this season, remained fourth, one point behind Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Rodnei scored early for Kaiserslautern, but Lewis Holtby, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Raul Gonzalez and Jefferson Farfan replied to secure Schalke's victory.

Kaiserslautern made a good start when Christian Tiffert's free kick to the far post allowed defender Rodnei to score with a powerful header in the third minute.

But the home side began to look outclassed soon after and Schalke dominated.

Huntelaar shot wide with a header in the 24th and found the net in the 32nd, only to be called for offside.

Huntelaar provided the pass for Holtby to score, the midfielder drilling a shot from 20 meters (yards) into the roof of the net in the 39th.

Jefferson Farfan's free kick had Kaiserslautern goalkeeper Tobias Sippel stretching to his right to palm the ball away late in the first half.

Huntelaar finally scored in the 45th, his 20th goal in the Bundesliga this season.

Farfan laid the ball for Raul Gonzalez, who buried a left-footed shot into the upper left corner from the edge of the box in the 51st.

Farfan himself sealed the win in the 81st, leading a quick Schalke counterattack. He fed Holtby, who carried the ball a long distance before passing back to Farfan for an easy score.