Wolfsburg - Schalke confirmed their return to form with a crushing 4-1 win at struggling Wolfsburg, with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scoring his first goal since November.

From the off, the visitors appeared keen to confirm their recent upward curve in form and an early chance went begging when Huntelaar was denied by Diego Benaglio in the fifth minute.

Julian Draxler was the provider of that chance, and the diligent midfielder was at the heart of everything as Schalke caused confusion in the Wolfsburg rearguard.

Diligent Draxler

The Wolves went close through Simon Kjaer, who rattled the crossbar with a header, before Draxler put the Royal Blues ahead, picking his spot to perfection in the 33rd minute. Draxler missed the chance to make it two just before half time when he dribbled round Benaglio only to shoot against the outside of the post, but he made amends with his next chance in the 63rd minute to put Schalke in front for a second time.

Ivica Olic had pulled a goal back for the hosts with a close-range header early in the second half, but it was only a rare punctuation in a strong Schalke success, sealed in style by Jefferson Farfan, unsurprisingly from Draxler’s assist, before Huntelaar got in on the act to pile the misery on Wolfsburg.

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