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German Bundesliga

Veltins Arena (ATT 61,000) 23rd February 2013 - Kick off 17:30 Ref: M Weiner

Schalke Schalke vs Fortuna Dusseldorf F Dusseldorf

Schalke 2

J Matip (28, 80)

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F Dusseldorf 1

A Bellinghausen (55)

Matip at the double

Last Updated: 23/02/13 7:39pm

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Celebrations for Schalke.

Celebrations for Schalke.

Defender Joel Matip scored two goals as Schalke picked up an important 2-1 victory against Fortuna Dusseldorf in the Bundesliga.

Matip gave Schalke the lead in the 29th minute before Axel Bellinghausen equalised for Dusseldorf after 56 minutes.

Matip then struck again nine minutes from time as Schalke collected just their second win in the last 12 league matches to jump to 33 points

Dusseldorf had collected six points from their last three matches but remain on 27 points.

Schalke had the first chance of the match but Jefferson Farfan found only the side netting in the eighth minute.

Farfan was close again 11 minutes later but his shot came off the right post.

Dusseldorf's first opportunity came in the 24th minute as Dani Schahin's long distance effort went just over the bar from 27 yards.

Schalke went ahead in the 29th minute with a set-piece. Farfan's free kick found Jermaine Jones, who headed into the middle where Matip hit home with his knee from four yards out.

The hosts were close to doubling the lead five minutes after the break but Julian Draxler shot over the bar from 19 yards out.

Dusseldorf had created very little attacking of note all game but equalised in a superb counter-attack. Schahin crossed from the left side right of goal to Andreas Lambertz who passed back into the middle where Bellinghausen struck home from four yards out.

Schalke regained the lead in the 81st minute, Brazilian Michel Santos' shot deflected to Matip, who calmly turned and beat keeper Fabian Giefer.

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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