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(ATT 18,000) 15th September 2012 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: F Meyer

Greuther Furth Greuther Furth vs Schalke Schalke

Greuther Furth 0

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Schalke 2

J Draxler (48)
L Holtby (88)

Schalke maintain unbeaten run

Last Updated: 15/09/12 7:54pm

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Lewis Holtby celebrates Schalke's second

Lewis Holtby celebrates Schalke's second

Schalke extended their unbeaten start to the season with victory at Greuther Furth, who lost for the second time in a row at home.

Julian Draxler put the Royal Blues in front early in the second half with a stunning effort from distance and Lewis Holtby added the second in the dying stages of the match.

The win lifts Schalke level on points with local rivals Borussia Dortmund, Hannover and Nurnberg, who are all two points adrift of early-season pacesetters Bayern Munich.

Setting the tone for the game, Schalke created the first chance of the match in the 12th minute, which Draxler headed over.

The Royal Blues were more attack-minded while Furth, as they had done in their first two games against Bayern Munich and Mainz with mixed fortunes, concentrated on their defensive duties.

They did get rare chances on the break, the best of which was squandered by Edu, currently on loan from Schalke, whose shot was deflected over the crossbar in the 15th minute.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar should have put Schalke in front just before the break, but he missed the target from an excellent position after good work from Jermaine Jones to make room for the Dutchman.

Draxler broke the deadlock three minutes into the second half with a goal which was worth the admission price.

He cut in from the wing and unleashed a shot from almost 30 yards out which left Max Grun in the Furth goal no chance.

There was no looking back for Schalke, who never appeared in danger of throwing away their lead, even though Furth started to attack more.

The second goal in the 88th minute ended any hopes the home side had of snatching an equaliser.

Holtby started and finished the move, sending Tranquillo Barnetta into the penalty area to the left and then ghosting in at the far post to get on the end of the former Bayer Leverkusen midfielder's cross and lift the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

There was time left for Jefferson Farfan to hit the post as Schalke finished with a flourish.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15