FC Schalke 04 picked up their first Bundesliga points of the season at the sixth time of asking after brushing aside Borussia Mönchengladbach at the VELTINS Arena.
Both sides were involved in taxing European fixtures in midweek, but it was hosts Schalke who appeared to have more in the tank early on as Leon Goretzka and Alessandro Schöpf forced routine saves out of Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer inside 12 minutes. Gladbach ended the half in the ascendancy, however, with Schöpf in the right place at the right time to clear a goal-bound header from Jannik Vestergaard off the line.
Schalke had threatened only in fits and starts, but once Markus Weinzierl's side took the lead through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting's 52nd-minute penalty, there was no turning back. Breel Embolo poked home from Sead Kolasinac to bring up his first Bundesliga goal four minutes later, before Leon Goretzka capped a mad-cap six-minute spell with the Royal Blues' third. Embolo completed the rout to give Weinzierl his first Bundesliga win since taking charge in the summer.