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Veltins Arena (ATT 60,661) 15th December 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Stieler

Schalke Schalke vs SC Freiburg Freiburg

Schalke 2

N Hofler (og 44)
J Farfan (pen 67)


Schalke back up to sixth

Last Updated: 15/12/13 7:09pm

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Kyriakos Papadopoulos celebrates for Schalke

Kyriakos Papadopoulos celebrates for Schalke

Schalke moved back up to sixth in the Bundesliga on Sunday evening thanks to a 2-0 win over a Freiburg side who remain third from bottom after being eliminated from the Europa League in midweek.

An unfortunate Nicolas Hofler own goal gave the hosts the lead before a Jefferson Farfan penalty made sure of victory for the Royal Blues, who reached the last 16 of the Champions League on Wednesday.

The game also marked the return to action of former Liverpool target Kyriakos Papadopoulos after over a year out with a knee injury.

Freiburg made a bright start to the game and Karim Guede had two good early opportunities.

Schalke spent much of the first half chasing the ball and had to wait over half an hour before testing Freiburg goalkeeper Oliver Baumann.

Felipe Santana should probably have done better too as his shot from close range struck the goalkeeper on his shoulder, bouncing away to safety.

The hosts took the lead two minutes before half time when a Farfan corner was diverted into his own goal by Hofler, who was not under any pressure at the far post.

Freiburg responded well early in the second half and nearly levelled when Matthias Ginter's header only just missed the right- hand upright.

Schalke then took control of the situation and Max Meyer nearly beat Baumann with an acrobatic overhead kick which the Freiburg goalkeeper tipped over the crossbar.

Just a minute later, Meyer went to ground as he entered the penalty area, and a spot-kick was given.

Farfan stepped up to send Baumann the wrong way and become Schalke's top scorer this season with six goals.

There was time for Schalke coach Jens Keller to give both Farfan and Papadopoulos a standing ovation as the Greek defender replaced the Peruvian forward for the final four minutes, making his return to action for the first time since suffering a serious knee injury in November 2012.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 34 90
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 71
3 Schalke 34 64
4 Bayer Leverkusen 34 61
5 Wolfsburg 34 60
6 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 55
7 Mainz 34 53
8 FC Augsburg 34 52
9 Hoffenheim 34 44
10 Hannover 96 34 42
11 Hertha Berlin 34 41
12 Werder Bremen 34 39
13 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 36
14 SC Freiburg 34 36
15 Stuttgart 34 32
16 Hamburg 34 27
17 FC Nurnberg 34 26
18 Eintracht Braunschweig 34 25