A flurry of goals in the second half saw Schalke emerge 3-1 victors in their Bundesliga clash against Hannover at the Veltins-Arena on Friday night.
- Schalke 3 Hannover 1
- Geis penalty gives hosts the lead
- Huntelaar extends their advantage
- Saint-Maximin halves the deficit
- Di Santo seals home victory
After a goalless first half, the match sprung to life after the break with Johannes Geis giving the hosts the lead from the penalty spot on 51 minutes, before Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted a second 22 minutes later.
Allan Saint-Maximin gave the Reds hope when he pulled one back on 81 minutes, but Franco Di Santo hit back moments later for the Royal Blues to secure all three points.
Andre Breitenreiter's side returned to winning ways in the league as they halted a five-match winless streak while the Lower Saxony club suffered their fourth defeat in six games.
An injury to Hannover striker Artur Sobiech early on saw the contest get off to a slow start, with the visitors forced to make their first change on 17 minutes, replacing him with Charlison Benshop.
The first real chance fell to the home team midway through the first half when Sascha Riether found Leroy Sane with a cross, but his header was well saved by Ron-Robert Zieler.
The only other incident of note came at the end of the half as Zieler was again required to make a save, the goalkeeper denying Sane from six yards out after he had been played through on goal by Huntelaar.
Zieler was quickly into the action after the interval, with Max Meyer testing the keeper with a strike from inside the area on the right on 47 minutes.
The deadlock was broken soon afterwards and it was the home fans celebrating as Geis dispatched by spot-kick past Zieler after Huntelaar had been brought down by Marcelo inside the box.
The Royal Blues threatened to extend their lead through Joel Matip, who got on the end of Dennis Aogo's cross, but Zieler was there again to keep out his header.
However, the keeper was then beaten moments later as Huntelaar buried his shot into the bottom-right corner from inside the area on 73 minutes and Meyer threatened to make it three seconds later when he fired a shot on target that was stopped by Zieler.
There was more action to come in the closing stages as Kenan Karaman rattled the upright with a strike from inside the box in a rare chance for the visitors on 80 minutes and they found a response with their next attack, Saint-Maximin firing past Schalke keeper Ralf Fahrmann from long range.
But any hopes the Reds had of rescuing the game were dashed within seconds as Di Santo steered his header into the top left corner of the goal to restore the hosts' two-goal cushion.