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Veltins Arena (ATT 61,142) 1st February 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: W Stark

Schalke Schalke vs Wolfsburg Wolfsburg

Schalke 2

F Santana (9)
K Boateng (81)

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Wolfsburg 1

D Caligiuri (S/O 50)
M Arnold (65)

Two out of two for Schalke

Last Updated: 01/02/14 4:54pm

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Kevin-Prince Boateng gave Schalke the lead

Kevin-Prince Boateng gave Schalke the lead

Schalke made it two wins from two at the start of 2014 as they saw off 10-man Wolfsburg 2-1.

Felipe Santana put the hosts in front with a bit of luck in the ninth minute and Wolfsburg's hopes appeared to be dashed when Daniel Caligiuri was given his marching orders early in the second half.

Nevertheless, Dieter Hecking's men levelled through Maximilian Arnold, but Kevin-Prince Boateng snatched the points for the Royal Blues nine minutes from time as his side kept the pressure up on the Bundesliga's leading teams.

Fifth-placed Schalke took the lead in bizarre fashion when Boateng headed the ball against his own team-mate Santana, who unwittingly diverted the ball just inside the left-hand post with smiles all round on the home side.

Wolfsburg were understandably less pleased, though, as they continued to struggle against an increasingly confident opponent, buoyed also by a 3-0 win at Hamburg last weekend.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's return from injury seems to have sparked Schalke into action in 2014 and he almost made it two, but saw his shot blocked.

Wolfsburg, who lost playmaker Diego to Atletico Madrid late on transfer deadline day, appeared to lack the ideas in their midfield.

They lacked more than that early in the second half when Caligiuri was given his marching orders for dissent.

Huntelaar dragged a shot wide of the far post as Schalke looked to take immediate advantage of their extra man.

Their failure to do so was punished by a Wolfsburg side who refused to throw in the towel, despite the adversity, and Ivan Perisic dribbled his way to the goal line and called Ralf Fahrmann into action with a teasing cross.

The ball fell to Arnold, who was on hand to sweep home from close range and bring the visitors level.

Schalke responded well, building up a head of steam which saw them regain the lead late on when Leon Goretzka and Roman Neustadter combined to carve a way through the Wolfsburg defence, and the latter teed up Boateng to score low into the bottom left- hand corner and seal victory for Jens Keller's men.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 31 81
2 Borussia Dortmund 31 64
3 Schalke 31 58
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 54
5 Wolfsburg 31 53
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 49
7 Mainz 31 47
8 FC Augsburg 31 43
9 Hoffenheim 31 40
10 Hertha Berlin 31 38
11 Werder Bremen 31 36
12 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 35
13 SC Freiburg 31 35
14 Hannover 96 31 35
15 Stuttgart 31 31
16 Hamburg 31 27
17 FC Nurnberg 31 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 31 25