Goals: 1-0 Di Santo (pen. 17') 2-0 Burgstaller (77')
Belying their lowly position in the table, Hamburg began well, with Filip Kostic a threat on the left, although the visitors failed to create any noteworthy chances in the first quarter-hour. That lack of creativity was punished once Schalke hit their stride, Franco Di Santo coolly converting from the spot in the 17th minute after Yevhen Konoplyanka had been brought down inside the box. Going a goal to the good played into Schalke's game plan; thereafter, the Royal Blues were in control and unthreatened, although – one Thilo Kehrer header aside – Domenico Tedesco's side failed to fashion any opportunities in front of goal to add to the lead before the break.
Just as they had in the first half, Hamburg came out aggressively after the restart. Charging forward from right-back, Dennis Diekmeier was denied a first-ever Bundesliga goal by Kehrer's goal-line clearance, before Aaron Hunt spurned the visitors' best chance of the game in the 51st minute, sending his low shot onto the post from just inside the box after good work by Jann-Fiete Arp on the Hamburg right. As HSV continued to push for an equaliser, however, spaces opened up behind their defence. It took until the closing stages for Schalke to take advantage, but when Daniel Caligiuri drove into the box and the ball was worked to Guido Burgstaller, the Austrian made no mistake, his cool back-post finish sending Schalke to second in the Bundesliga standings.