Schalke ended a three-match winless run with a workmanlike 2-0 victory away to Hertha Berlin.
Hertha Berlin 0-2 Schalke
Goals: 0-1 Goreztka (pen. 54'), 0-2 Burgstaller (78')
Schalke enjoyed the lion's share of possession in the capital, albeit without once testing Hertha custodian Rune Jarstein. Hertha were struggling to get a foothold in the game, and their frustrations were compounded late in a low-key first half when Japan Genki Haraguchi was shown a straight red card for a reckless two-footed lunge on Schalke striker Guido Burgstaller.
Ten-man Hertha's afternoon went from bad to worse shortly after the restart when Schalke were awarded a penalty for a foul Vladimir Darida's foul on a rampaging Amine Harit. Leon Goretzka stepped up to lash home the ensuing penalty to bring up his third Bundesliga goal of the season and give the visitors a deserved lead. Burgstaller calmly rounded Jarstein to rubber-stamp the win.
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Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Stark, Rekik, Plattenhardt - Weiser (Lazaro 64'), Darida, Duda (Selke 46'), Skjelbred (c), Haraguchi - Kalou (Leckie 46')
Coach: Pal Dardai
Schalke: Fährmann (c) - Stambouli, Naldo, Kehrer - Caligiuri, Meyer (Schöpf 87'), Goretzka, Oczipka - Burgstaller (Reese 81'), Di Santo, Harit (Konoplyanka 67')
Coach: Domenico Tedesco
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- Schalke inflicted a first home defeat of the season on Hertha.Goreztka scored the first penalty of his professional career.There has been a different coach on the bench for each of Schalke's last eight visits to Berlin. Domenico Tedesco is now the ninth.As a player, Hertha Berlin coach Pal Dardai played his first and last Bundesliga games against Schalke.Hertha are the only Bundesliga team still to register a first-half shot on goal this season.Haraguchi collected the first red card of his Bundesliga career and is Hertha's second player to be sent off this term, after Vedad Ibisevic.