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Coface Arena (ATT 34,000) 14th September 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: P Sippel

Mainz Mainz vs Schalke Schalke

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Boateng strike sinks Mainz

Last Updated: 14/09/13 5:56pm

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Kevin-Prince Boateng scores the winning goal for Schalke

Kevin-Prince Boateng scores the winning goal for Schalke

Kevin-Prince Boateng scored his first goal in a Schalke shirt, and his first in the Bundesliga since 2007, to earn the Royal Blues all three points at Mainz.

Schalke's second straight win was sealed by the Ghana international's strike in only his second game since joining from AC Milan in the summer.

It was the highlight of an otherwise flat, tactical affair at the Coface Arena with Schalke defending their lead resolutely to inflict a second straight defeat on Mainz.

The hosts began brightly with Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting inspiring in their attacking play.

Schalke, who were without the rested Jermaine Jones, who was tired after returning from international duty with the United States, lacked somebody to take the initiative in the middle of the field.

When they did attack, Jefferson Farfan and Julian Draxler both wasted chances while Choupo-Moting could have had a hat-trick at the other end.

Boateng then decided to take matters into his own hands with a shot out of nothing which left Heinz Muller no chance, and proved to be decisive.

Dennis Aogo went close to making it two with Schalke's best chance of the second half, but Jens Keller's men spent much of the second 45 minutes desperately defending their lead.

Mainz could not find a way through, though, and when goalkeeper Heinz Muller raced up for a late corner, Draxler wasted the chance to make it two on the break with the goal gaping.

However, a second goal was not necessary as Boateng's strike was enough to lift Schalke into the top half of the table.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 26 64
2 Wolfsburg 26 54
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 47
4 Bayer Leverkusen 26 45
5 Schalke 26 39
6 FC Augsburg 26 38
7 Hoffenheim 26 37
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 34
9 Werder Bremen 26 34
10 Borussia Dortmund 26 33
11 Mainz 26 30
12 Cologne 26 30
13 Hertha Berlin 26 29
14 Hannover 96 26 27
15 SC Freiburg 26 25
16 Hamburg 26 25
17 SC Paderborn 07 26 24
18 Stuttgart 26 23