Kevin-Prince Boateng, employed up front by Schalke coach Jens Keller, needed just three minutes to put the Royal Blues in front, and when Joel Matip made it two in the 11th minute, the writing appeared to be on the wall for Markus Gisdol’s men. A further five minutes down the line, however, Anthony Modeste knocked in his sixth goal of the campaign from close range to get the hosts right back into the game.
Marco Höger restored Schalke’s two-goal advantage before the interval with a fine individual effort, but Hoffenheim still refused to lie down and a Roberto Firmino penalty early in the second half once again hauled them within touching distance of the men from Gelsenkirchen.
David Abraham curled in a delightful free-kick to bring the hosts level with just under half an hour to go and Firmino came within inches of winning it for them late on, drilling a shot off the underside of the bar as Schalke ended up hanging on for a point.
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