Schalke moved into the Bundesliga top six with a 2-0 victory at home to relegation-threatened Freiburg.

A first-half own goal by Nicolas Hoefler and a second-half penalty from Jefferson Farfan completed a good week for the hosts.

Schalke qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Wednesday with a 2-0 win over Basle.

Freiburg, just a point above the automatic drop zone, exited the Europa League in midweek.

Season of struggle

Freiburg, who missed out on Champions League qualification on the final day of last season, have won just two games this campaign as they sit in the relegation play-off place in the Bundesliga.

These two sides met on the final day of last season with Freiburg unable to secure the point they required to qualify for the Champions League in place of Schalke.

The home side needed an own goal from Hoefler a minute before the interval for the breakthrough on Sunday. The Freiburg midfielder misjudged Farfan's corner and bundled the ball into his own net.

Farfan settled the result after the break with a penalty after Freiburg substitute Tim Albutat was adjudged to have fouled Max Meyer.

The last two results will ease the pressure on Schalke coach Jens Keller.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

FC Schalke 04

  • 01 Fährmann
  • 02 Hoogland
  • 06 Kolasinac
  • 33 Neustädter
  • 32 Matip
  • 05 Santana
  • 17 Farfán (Papadopoulos - 88' )
  • 09 Boateng
  • 28 Szalai
  • 07 Meyer (Goretzka - 82' )
  • 23 Fuchs (Jones - 58' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Goretzka
  • 13 Jones
  • 14 Papadopoulos
  • 19 Obasi
  • 24 Ayhan
  • 27 Leipertz
  • 34 Hildebrand

Sport-Club Freiburg

  • 01 Baumann
  • 25 Sorg
  • 30 Günter
  • 28 Ginter
  • 02 Krmas Booked
  • 41 Höhn
  • 07 Darida
  • 27 Höfler Booked (Albutat - 62' )
  • 14 Mehmedi (Hanke - 72' )
  • 31 Guédé
  • 04 Fernandes Booked (Klaus - 62' )

Substitutes

  • 08 Pilar
  • 09 Hanke
  • 19 Batz
  • 26 Lorenzoni
  • 29 Albutat
  • 36 Klaus
  • 39 Schraml
Ref: Tobias Stieler
Att: 60,661

Match Stats

Shots

14 8

On target

4 1

Corners

8 4

Fouls

17 19

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, FC Schalke 04 2, SC Freiburg 0.

90:00 +2:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, FC Schalke 04 2, SC Freiburg 0.

90:00 +2:02

Attempt missed. Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +1:33

Hand ball by Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04).

88:34

Attempt saved. Mike Hanke (SC Freiburg) header from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Oliver Sorg.

87:20 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Kyriakos Papadopoulos replaces Jefferson Farfán.

86:05

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Immanuel Höhn.

85:40

Foul by Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04).

85:40

Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

85:05

Attempt missed. Tim Albutat (SC Freiburg) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a set piece situation.

84:25

Foul by Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04).

84:25

Christian Günter (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick on the left wing.

82:56

Attempt saved. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

82:10

Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

82:10

Foul by Pavel Krmas (SC Freiburg).

82:01

Corner, SC Freiburg. Conceded by Tim Hoogland.

81:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Leon Goretzka replaces Max Meyer.

79:46

Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04).

79:46

Tim Albutat (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:12

Offside, SC Freiburg. Christian Günter tries a through ball, but Mike Hanke is caught offside.

76:25

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04).

76:25

Felix Klaus (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

75:47

Attempt missed. Mike Hanke (SC Freiburg) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Pavel Krmas with a cross.

74:10

Corner, SC Freiburg. Conceded by Felipe Santana.

71:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, SC Freiburg. Mike Hanke replaces Admir Mehmedi.

71:03

Offside, SC Freiburg. Oliver Sorg tries a through ball, but Admir Mehmedi is caught offside.

70:12

Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick on the right wing.

70:12

Foul by Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg).

68:29

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Oliver Sorg.

68:28

Attempt saved. Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

66:51 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Schalke 04 2, SC Freiburg 0. Jefferson Farfán (FC Schalke 04) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

66:04

Penalty FC Schalke 04. Max Meyer draws a foul in the penalty area.

66:04

Penalty conceded by Tim Albutat (SC Freiburg) after a foul in the penalty area.

65:15

Attempt missed. Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Günter with a cross following a set piece situation.

64:43

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04).

64:43

Felix Klaus (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

63:47

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04).

63:47

Felix Klaus (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

62:23

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Immanuel Höhn.

61:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, SC Freiburg. Tim Albutat replaces Nicolas Höfler.

61:22 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, SC Freiburg. Felix Klaus replaces Gelson Fernandes.

60:56 Booking

Booking Nicolas Höfler (SC Freiburg) is shown the yellow card.

60:52

Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:52

Foul by Pavel Krmas (SC Freiburg).

57:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Jermaine Jones replaces Christian Fuchs.

56:02

Attempt missed. Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

55:16

Attempt blocked. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

55:14

Attempt blocked. Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jefferson Farfán.

53:59

Foul by Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04).

53:59

Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

52:04

Foul by Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04).

52:04

Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:22

Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:22

Foul by Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg).

50:35

Attempt missed. Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Günter with a cross following a corner.

50:06

Corner, SC Freiburg. Conceded by Joel Matip.

48:35

Jefferson Farfán (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick on the right wing.

48:35

Foul by Christian Günter (SC Freiburg).

48:14

Attempt blocked. Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:05

Attempt missed. Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Jefferson Farfán with a cross following a corner.

46:39

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Immanuel Höhn.

45:00

Second Half begins FC Schalke 04 1, SC Freiburg 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, FC Schalke 04 1, SC Freiburg 0.

45:00 +0:47 Booking

Booking Pavel Krmas (SC Freiburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:00 +0:35

Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

45:00 +0:35

Foul by Pavel Krmas (SC Freiburg).

43:14 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Nicolas Höfler, SC Freiburg. FC Schalke 04 1, SC Freiburg 0.

43:06

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Admir Mehmedi.

41:06

Christian Fuchs (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

41:06

Foul by Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg).

39:53

Offside, SC Freiburg. Vladimir Darida tries a through ball, but Karim Guédé is caught offside.

37:31

Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

37:31

Foul by Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg).

36:06

Attempt missed. Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Christian Fuchs.

34:02

Foul by Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04).

34:02

Christian Günter (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:28

Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

33:28

Foul by Pavel Krmas (SC Freiburg).

32:24

Foul by Tim Hoogland (FC Schalke 04).

32:24

Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

32:06

Attempt saved. Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Christian Fuchs.

31:33 Booking

Booking Gelson Fernandes (SC Freiburg) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:25

Jefferson Farfán (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:25

Foul by Gelson Fernandes (SC Freiburg).

30:45

Christian Fuchs (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

30:45

Foul by Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg).

30:17

Dangerous play by Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04).

30:17

Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick on the right wing.

29:01

Attempt blocked. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

28:58

Attempt blocked. Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adám Szalai.

27:50

Tim Hoogland (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

27:50

Foul by Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg).

26:16

Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

26:16

Foul by Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg).

25:10

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Christian Günter.

23:27

Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

23:27

Foul by Nicolas Höfler (SC Freiburg).

22:52

Attempt missed. Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Sead Kolasinac with a cross.

21:34

Attempt missed. Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

19:06

Foul by Roman Neustädter (FC Schalke 04).

19:06

Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:53

Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

17:53

Foul by Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg).

13:27

Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04).

13:27

Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

12:47

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Pavel Krmas.

12:29

Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

12:29

Foul by Immanuel Höhn (SC Freiburg).

10:46

Foul by Christian Fuchs (FC Schalke 04).

10:46

Oliver Sorg (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:45

Foul by Felipe Santana (FC Schalke 04).

9:45

Oliver Baumann (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

9:24

Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Christian Günter.

8:08

Foul by Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04).

8:08

Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:25

Max Meyer (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

5:25

Foul by Admir Mehmedi (SC Freiburg).

3:52

Attempt missed. Karim Guédé (SC Freiburg) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

3:35

Corner, SC Freiburg. Conceded by Sead Kolasinac.

0:53

Foul by Nicolas Höfler (SC Freiburg).

0:53

Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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