Schalke’s unbeaten run at the Gelsenkirchen continued as the Royal Blues defeated Wolfsburg 3-0 in the Bundesliga.
In what was termed the battle for the final Champions league spot, just three points separated the two sides – having been plagued by injuries to key players – but it was Schalke that got off the blocks, retaining a chunk of the possession in the early exchanges.
However, Wolfsburg had the clear-cut chances with Daniel Caliguiri’s effort skimming off the crossbar and Sebastian Jung’s goal-bound shot saved by Ralf Fahmarnn.
After a good 10-minute spell for the hosts, they broke the deadlock in the 24th minute with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s 74th Bundesliga strike; a long range shot from 23 yards out which ended up inside the left post.
Schalke’s top assist provider Johannes Geis made it two at the Veltins-Arena with a sublime set piece ten minutes after Huntelaar’s opener.
The second half saw an increased urgency from Wolfsburg but their passes were thwarted by Schalke’s defence thus ensuring the home team looked the more dangerous on a counter.
Dieter Hecking decided to substitute Max Kruse for the new Brazilian signing Bruno Henrique Pinto and the 25-year-old was the liveliest for the Wolves as he missed a great chance to pull one back only needing to get past the goal keeper but pulled his shot high.
Ricardo Rodriguez also had a shot from a resulting free kick which hit the side netting.
Alessandro Schopf, the 21-yr-old winter signing from Nurnberg, put the icing on the cake for the home team with a quick counter, sealing an emphatic 3-0 win; a similar scoreline in the reverse fixture.
Wolfsburg have now lost six games on a trot at the Gelsenkirchen.
With the win, Schalke move up to fourth but for last season’s Bundesliga runners-up, they remain winless in their last seven games, occupying eighth spot.
By Janine Anthony