- Burgstaller scored Schalke winner on debut.
- Chances at a premium in keenly contested encounter.
- Ingolstadt suffer 11th defeat of the season.
Goals: 1-0 Burgstaller (90+2')
Both teams took time to find their way into the game, and struggled to carve out chances in the opening stages. Ingolstadt's Markus Suttner made the ball tickle the back of the net on 15 minutes, but his effort was ruled out for a foul on Alessandro Schöpf. Almog Cohen had the best chance of the first half 11 minutes later, but his shot from the edge of the area was cleared by Johannes Geis.
Markus Weinzierl responded to the Royal Blues' goal drought by bringing new signing Burgstaller on in place of holding midfielder Geis. Naldo forced a save from Martin Hansen in the 64th minute when he put a header on target, and substitute Donis Avidjaj had two good chances in the final quarter of an hour which he couldn't quite convert. In the end it was Burgstaller who decided the match, whipping in Schöpf’s cross two minutes into injury time.
Man of the match
The game was poised on a knife-edge throughout and it took an opportunistic goal to make the difference. The man who scored it was Burgstaller, who showed throughout his 45-minute appearance what a valuable addition he could be to the Schalke ranks.
A huge result for a Schalke squad without a whole host of first-team players. Missing three strikers to long-term injury (Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Breel Embolo, and Franco Di Santo) - as well Africa Cup of Nations representative Nail Bentaleb - Weinzierl’s men will be thrilled to have picked up all three points.
- Schalke notched their first league win over Ingolstadt here, having drawn and lost to Die Schanzer last term.
- The Royal Blues' 21-point haul after this win is still their worst Hinrunde since the turn of the millennium.
- Ingolstadt had more shots on goals than Schalke (6-5).
Schalke: Fährmann - Höwedes (c), Naldo, Nastasic - Schöpf, Geis (Burgstaller 46'), Aogo (Konoplyanka 85'), Kolasinac - Goretzka, Meyer (Avdijaj 67') - Choupo-Moting
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
Ingolstadt: Hansen - M. Matip (c), Roger, Bregerie - Hadergjonaj, Morales, Cohen, Suttner - Groß (Jung 75'), Leckie - Lezcano (Leipertz 90+1')
Coach: Maik Walpurgis