Hof­fen­heim heap more mis­ery on Schalke

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

TSG 1899 Hof­fen­heim recorded their first Bun­desliga win of the sea­son at the ex­pense of a fifth suc­ces­sive de­feat for rock-bot­tom FC Schalke 04.

Des­per­ate to draw a line un­der their four-match losing start to the sea­son, Schalke got off to a dream start as Breel Em­bolo planted a peach of a cross on the head of the stoop­ing Eric Maxim Choupo-Mot­ing for the open­ing goal.

Die Knap­pen had not kept a clean sheet in 15 Bun­desliga matches, how­ever, and their soft un­der­belly was ex­posed in clin­i­cal fash­ion in the 17th minute when An­drej Kra­maric pow­ered home a free header to bring Hof­fen­heim level.

The width of the up­right de­nied Schalke's Klaas-Jan Hun­te­laar his 164th Bun­desliga goal, but it was Hof­fen­heim who went in at the break with their noses in front af­ter Lukas Rupp slid home un­marked fol­low­ing a surg­ing run and cross from Kerem Demir­bay.

Hof­fen­heim con­tin­ued to carry the greater at­tack­ing threat in the sec­ond half as Mark Uth and Kra­maric sent ef­forts over the cross­bar from 18 yards.

Schalke did not heed the warn­ing and were some­what for­tu­nate to still be in the game when Hof­fen­heim sub­sti­tute Nadiem Amiri crashed an ef­fort against the wood­work.

Schalke goal­keeper Ralf Fährmann's quick think­ing foiled Chile in­ter­na­tional Ed­uardo Var­gas mo­ments later as the Royal Blues went down with barely a whim­per.

Rel­e­gated VfB Stuttgart's best player by a mile last sea­son, Rupp con­tin­ues to im­press Bun­desliga au­di­ences at Hof­fen­heim.

The 25-year-old mid­fielder ran his socks off against Schalke, with his sec­ond Bun­desliga goal of the sea­son just re­ward for one of a hand­ful of lung-bust­ing for­ays into the op­po­si­tion's penalty area.

The wait goes on for Markus Weinzierl's Schalke, whose only win of the sea­son so far came against Ger­man min­nows FC 08 Villin­gen in the first round of the DFB Cup.

The Royal Blues face FC Salzburg in the UEFA Eu­ropa League in mid­week, be­fore wel­com­ing UEFA Cham­pi­ons

GER­MANY Bun­desliga

Yes­ter­day Hof­fen­heim-Schalke ......................... 2-1 1. FC Koln-RB Leipzig ........................ 1-1

Stand­ings

Bay­ern Mu­nich 5 5 0 0 15 1 15 Dort­mund 5 4 0 1 16 4 12 1. FC Koln 5 3 2 0 9 2 11 B. M’glad­bach 5 3 1 1 10 6 10 E. Frank­furt 5 3 1 1 8 5 10 Hertha Ber­lin 5 3 1 1 9 7 10 RB Leipzig 5 2 3 0 9 4 9 Mainz 5 2 1 2 12 11 7 Hof­fen­heim 5 1 4 0 9 8 7 B. Lev­erkusen 5 2 1 2 8 7 7 Augs­burg 5 2 1 2 4 6 7 Freiburg 5 2 0 3 6 9 6 Wolfs­burg 5 1 2 2 4 7 5 Darm­stadt 5 1 1 3 2 10 4 W. Bre­men 5 1 0 4 5 15 3 In­gol­stadt 5 0 1 4 2 10 1 Ham­burger SV 5 0 1 4 2 10 1 Schalke 5 0 0 5 2 10 0 League par­tic­i­pants Borus­sia Mönchenglad­bach to the VELTINS-Arena on Match­day 6.

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