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Veltins Arena (ATT 61,307) 9th February 2014 - Kick off 16:30 Ref: Christian Dingert

Schalke Schalke vs Hannover 96 Hannover

Schalke 2

J Farfan (39)
M Meyer (44)

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Schalke march on in 2014

Last Updated: 09/02/14 6:43pm

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Max Meyer celebrates his goal for Schalke

Max Meyer celebrates his goal for Schalke

Schalke continued their winning start to 2014 by ending Hannover's with a 2-0 victory at the Arena AufSchalke.

Jefferson Farfan and Max Meyer scored before the break to earn the Royal Blues all three points and give them a four-point advantage over Borussia Monchengladbach in the race for fourth.

Hannover remain in mid-table after their first defeat under new coach Tayfun Korkut.

Schalke built on the confidence they had gained from back-to-back wins, putting their guests onto the back foot immediately with Ron-Robert Zieler kept busy denying a Klaas-Jan Huntelaar shot and a succession of dangerous crosses.

Hannover showed no signs of wanting to break out of their own half, inviting Schalke to attack them, perhaps hoping to tire their hosts out before striking later.

It was a dangerous tactic and one which was punished in the 39th minute, just when the hosts were starting to get frustrated and Hannover were slowly starting to get more involved in the game.

Sead Kolasinac used his pace to get past Marcelo before sending in a low cross for Farfan, who was given an easy finish from close range to put Schalke in front.

Before the half ended, Meyer made it two.

Atsuto Uchida provided the ball for the 19-year-old, who benefitted from a dummy by Huntelaar to score his fifth goal of the season.

Mame Diouf had a rare chance to reopen the match 10 minutes into the second half, but he tried instead to tee up strike partner Artjoms Rudnev sand the chance was wasted.

Hannover were much more attack-minded in the second half, chasing the game with the confidence one might have expected to see from the very beginning.

The game was more open and at the same time even with Meyer forcing a fine save out of Zieler with 15 minutes to go.

Lars Stindl saw a late free-kick saved by Ralf Fahrmann as the last moment of danger passed without the visitors managing even a consolation goal as they lost for the first time in 2014, and the first time under Korkut.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15