Schalke eased past Wolfsburg with an emphatic win at the VELTINS Arena with striker Guido Burgstaller scoring twice.
Goals: 1-0 Burgstaller (6'), 2-0 Goretzka (23'), 3-0 Caligiuri (48'), 4-0 Burgstaller (77'), 4-1 Gomez (79')
Schalke were unbeaten in their last four home outings, and were in no mood to let that record slip by taking an early lead. Good work from Max Meyer on the left released Guido Burgstaller inside the area, and despite pressure from behind him, the Austrian international placed the ball past Koen Casteels. The hosts doubled their lead when Leon Goretzka finished off a rapid counter-attack, latching on to a deflected Eric Choupo-Moting cross before burying his shot into the net. Wolfsburg were only on target with one of eight attempts on goal before the break.
Daniel Caligiuri made matters even worse for the club he left in January early in the second half, converting another cross from Choupo-Moting with a sweetly-struck left-footed shot from just inside the area. Burgstaller’s second came from a sublime piece of skill, controlling a cross to then drive the ball home, while Mario Gomez’s consolation penalty took only a little gloss off a fine win for the Royal Blues.
Man of the match
Burgstaller took both his goals with aplomb, but a lovely piece of skill to bring down a cross and then sweep the ball in for his second was the moment of the match.
While Schalke may harbour hopes of a late run into the European places, Wolfsburg are suddenly in the thick of a relegation scrap. Andries Jonker’s side failed to take their chances at the VELTINS Arena, and will need to find their touch in front of goal in the closing stretch of the season.
- The Wolves have now lost on their last seven visits to Gelsenkirchen, with the goal tally in that run standing at 20-4 in Schalke's favour.
- Schalke are unbeaten in five at home.
- Gomez scored his first goal at the VELTINS-Arena.
Schalke: Fährmann – Kehrer, Höwedes (c), Nastasic, Kolasinac (Coke 71') – Caligiuri, Bentaleb, Goretzka, Meyer – Choupo-Moting (Schöpf 65'), Burgstaller (Huntelaar 85')
Coach: Markus Weinzierl
Wolfsburg: Casteels - Jung (Błaszczykowski h-t), Knoche, Luiz Gustavo (c), Horn - Bazoer, Guilavogui - Didavi (Vieirinha 73'), Arnold, Malli - Gomez (Mayoral 80')
Coach: Andries Jonker