Hoffenheim midfielder Nadiem Amiri hadn't long warmed the palms of Ralf Fährmann when Schalke hared up the other end to take a fifth-minute lead. Sead Kolasinac's chipped pass found Guido Burgstaller, who held off his marker and cut the ball back for fellow Austria international Alessandro Schöpf to bundle in his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season. Steven Zuber ballooned over with the visitors' best chance of an equaliser before half-time.
Despite seeing little of the ball, Schalke almost doubled their lead shortly after the restart. Benjamin Hübner's errant back-pass put Oliver Baumann in all kinds of trouble, but the Hoffenheim goalkeeper did just enough to toe the ball round his left-hand post. Hoffenheim continued to ask questions, however, and deservedly levelled when Sebastian Rudy powered home substitute Andrej Kramaric's measured cross with 11 minutes remaining.
Man of the Match
A hive of energy and the driving force in the Hoffenheim midfield, Rudy's star shone brightest. The Hoffenheim skipper timed his run to perfection to head in the equaliser, too.
Unbeaten in their last seven matches in all competitions, Schalke are going strong under Markus Weinzierl after a testing start to the season.
- Schöpf is Schalke's leading scorer this season.
- Two of Rudy's ten Bundesliga goals have been headers.
- Hoffenheim have not come back from a goal to win since Matchday 5 - against Schalke.
Schalke: Fährmann - Höwedes (c), Badstuber, Nastasic - Schöpf, Stambouli, Kolasinac (Aogo 82') - Goretzka, Bentaleb, Caligiuri (Meyer 57') - Burgstaller (Choupo-Moting 84')
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
Hoffenheim: Baumann - Süle, Vogt, Hübner - Bicakcic (Schwegler 60'), Rudy (c), Zuber - Amiri (Szalai 63'), Demirbay - Terrazzino (Kramaric 70') - Wagner
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann
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