Schalke secure Bundesliga survival with goalless draw

Berlin (AFP) –


Veteran coach Huub Stevens has completed his mission to keep Schalke in the Bundesliga, after the club secured survival with a 0-0 draw at home to Augsburg on Sunday.

Schalke finished second under Domenico Tedesco last season, but turned to Stevens to guide them away from relegation after Tedesco's reign imploded this year.

Stevens, who had twice managed the club before and led them to UEFA Cup glory in 1997, took the reins in March with Schalke just four points clear of the bottom three.

Sunday's draw put them seven points clear of Stuttgart, who are in the relegation play-off place, sealing safety with two games to spare.