PAULI HANG ON
Schalke gave it a right good go in the second half but Pauli clung on. The home side were very impressive for much of this game and looked like a side on course for promotion. This victory came thanks to two great finishes from ex-Schalke striker Guido Burgstaller, who is now the league's leading scorer with 14 goals for the season. Zalazar's late strike - also against his former club - proved just a consolation for the Royal Blues, who stay seventh.
TOPP SHOT SAVED!
Schalke subtitute Keke Topp gets a shot on target but it is a relatively comfortable save.
PAULI ALMOST MAKE IT THREE!
Simon Makienok is just on the pitch and pulls a shot wide with a great chance to win it.
SCHALKE GOAL DISALLOWED!
Ouwejan thought he had levelled for the Royal Blues with a shot that took a wicked deflection over the keeper. But the goal is ruled out because Marvin Pieringer had strayed offside earlier in the move.
A GOAL BACK FOR SCHALKE!
Talk about a commentator's curse! Thomas Ouwejan sends over an inviting cross and Zalazar arrives unmarked to head home from six yards out against his former team.
NO SIGN OF A COMEBACK
Zalazar gets a shot on target but Pauli continue to look the more likely side to score another goal.
PAULI THREATEN AGAIN
Marcel Hartel hits the post after a rapid Pauli counter, but he was in an offside position anyway.
BURGSTALLER KEEPS TRYING
Another shot, another deflection, another corner. Burgstaller keeps getting into good positions and creating chances. He had five shots at goal from 21 touches in the first half, and is continuing with the same approach in the second.
NEARLY THE HAT-TRICK!
Burgstaller's left-footed strike from the edge of the area takes a nick off Itakura and Fraisl does well to adjust and keep the ball out.
Schalke keeper Fraisl comes a long way from goal to head clear and Kyereh tries to volley the ball into an unguarded net. He doesn't catch it as cleanly as he would have liked - and Ko Itakura is on hand to clear.
SCHALKE GO CLOSE!
The rain has arrived in a big way and perhaps that explains a mistake from Pauli centre-back James Lawrence just seconds after the restart. He misses his control and suddenly Mehmet Can Aydin is into the box. Nikola Vasilj makes a good stop to preserve Pauli's advantage.
PAULI IN COMMAND
It's a thoroughly deserved lead for Pauli at the break, although Schalke had one big chance in between the two goals. Inevitably it was the talismanic Burgstaller who produced the goods - he now has 14 goals in Bundesliga 2 this season.
Burgstaller forces another corner with a volley that Schalke keeper Martin Fraisl helps behind. Pauli work it short to the edge of the area and an inswinging cross from Leart Paqarada is glanced into the far corner by the head of the in-form Austria international.
PAULI STILL ON TOP
The home side have forced four corners already and are continuing to look dangerous.
Kyereh catches the ball on the volley very sweetly but his effort fizzes just over the top.
BIG MISS FROM SCHALKE!
Rodrigo Zalazar gets in on goal after some less-than-stellar defending from the home side... but he fires his shot just over the bar.
What a finish! Burgstaller finds some space on the right and expertly volleys the ball back across the keeper from just inside the area. That was his 13th league goal of the season for the Bundesliga 2 leaders.
The home side have had over 60 percent of the ball so far.
BURGSTALLER GOES AGAIN
Former Schalke striker Burgstaller has another sight of goal but he drives the ball into the sidenet from a tight angle.
PAULI GOAL DISALLOWED!
Guido Burgstaller has the ball in the net but it's ruled out for offside. Had he left the chance to his teammate Igor Matanovic the goal could have stood.
A BIG 90 MINUTES REQUIRED
The crowd are roaring on the home side already as they win an early free-kick. Schalke manage to clear and Kyereh gets the first yellow of the game for making sure the visitors don't break quickly.
SCHALKE AIM TO BUILD MOMENTUM
Schalke are also missing head coach Dimitrios Grammozis this evening, with assistant Sven Piepenbrock set to deputise. "The lads have been very focused in training," he said ahead of the game. "They worked really hard and showed just how much they want to deliver another good performance like they did during the 5-2 win over Sandhausen."
PAULI STRONG AT HOME
Loïc Favé is standing in for Pauli head coach Timo Schulz this evening, and he is hoping his side can make it eight wins from eight at home. He is expecting the visitors to provide a serious test, however. "They're a team with lots of power and athleticism. They're very dangerous, especially from set pieces, and in Thomas Ouwejan they have one of the best takers of a set piece in the league."
SCHALKE STARTING XI
Schalke: Fraisl – Thiaw, Itakura, Kaminski – Aydin, Zalazar, Palsson (c), Drexler, Ouwejan – Dadashov, Pieringer Subs: Wienand, Calhanoglu, Idrizi, Kaparos, Latza, Matriciani, Ranftl, Topp, Wouters
ST. PAULI STARTING XI
Pauli: Vasilj – Zander, Ziereis, Lawrence, Paqarada – Irvine, Smith, Hartel – Kyerah – Burgstaller, Matanovic Subs: Smarsch, Ohlsson, Buchtmann, Dittgen, Makienok, Medic, Becker, Benatelli, Amenyido
A huge match awaits in Hamburg tonight! St. Pauli have the chance to go six points clear at the top with a victory. Schalke could draw level on points with second-placed Darmstadt - and draw to within three points of the hosts - if they manage to come out on top.