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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 30 78
2 Borussia Dortmund 30 61
3 Schalke 30 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 30 51
5 Wolfsburg 30 50
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 30 49
7 Mainz 30 47
8 FC Augsburg 30 42
9 Hoffenheim 30 40
10 Hertha Berlin 30 37
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 30 35
12 Werder Bremen 30 33
13 Hannover 96 30 32
14 SC Freiburg 30 32
15 Stuttgart 30 28
16 Hamburg 30 27
17 FC Nurnberg 30 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 30 25