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AWD-Arena (ATT 49,000) 23rd August 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: P Gagelmann

Hannover Hannover 96 vs Schalke Schalke

Hannover 2

E Prib (67)
Joselu (70)


Schalke 1

K Huntelaar (47)

Hannover came from behind to beat Schalke 2-1 and increase the pressure on the Royal Blues' coach Jens Keller.

Last Updated: 23/08/14 6:05pm

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Schalke celebrate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's opener

Schalke celebrate Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's opener

Hannover came from behind to beat Schalke 2-1 in the Bundesliga to increase the pressure on the Royal Blues' coach Jens Keller.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar gave the visitors the lead in the two minutes after the half-time interval after a dreary first 45 minutes at the Niedersachsenstadion.

But two goals in three minutes from Edgar Prib and Joselu turned the game on its head, earning Hannover all three points and condemning Schalke to a second defeat in a week, after they lost to Dynamo Dresden in the first round of the DFB-Pokal.

The Bundesliga season may only be a day old, but already Keller will have to listen to rumours surrounding his future.

It took the game a long time to come to life with only a Joselu effort, which missed the left-hand upright by inches, illuminating an otherwise dim first half.

It seemed like both teams were too scared to attack, but that changed immediately in the second half.

Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting was put clean through on goal and he unselfishly squared the ball for Huntelaar, who scored one of his easiest goals in a Schalke shirt.

The crowd were starting to get unsettled but Hannover responded well.

A determined run down the right wing from Leonardo Bittencourt culminated in a cross which was an invitation for Prib, who slid in to convert from five yards out in the 67th minute.

Just three minutes had passed when Hannover mounted another lightning counter-attack with Prib this time sending the ball across for Joselu, whose 20-yard shot took a slight deflection on its way into the bottom right-hand corner.

Schalke responded, but it was Hannover who went closer to netting a third in the break when Joselu's effort hit the underside of the crossbar. A further goal was not required, though, as the Reds prevailed.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 18 45
2 Wolfsburg 18 37
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