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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 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