Match ends, FC Schalke 04 2, SC Freiburg 0.
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.
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.
- 17FarfánSubstituted forPapadopoulosat 88'minutes
- 7MeyerSubstituted forGoretzkaat 82'minutes
- 23FuchsSubstituted forJonesat 58'minutes
- 2KrmasBooked at 45mins
- 27HöflerBooked at 61minsSubstituted forAlbutatat 62'minutes
- 14MehmediSubstituted forHankeat 72'minutes
- 4FernandesBooked at 32minsSubstituted forKlausat 62'minutes
- Tobias Stieler
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, FC Schalke 04 2, SC Freiburg 0.
Attempt missed. Vladimir Darida (SC Freiburg) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.
Hand ball by Sead Kolasinac (FC Schalke 04).
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.
Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Kyriakos Papadopoulos replaces Jefferson Farfán.
Corner, FC Schalke 04. Conceded by Immanuel Höhn.
Foul by Adám Szalai (FC Schalke 04).
Matthias Ginter (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
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.
Foul by Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04).
Christian Günter (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Attempt saved. Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.
Joel Matip (FC Schalke 04) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Pavel Krmas (SC Freiburg).
Corner, SC Freiburg. Conceded by Tim Hoogland.
Substitution, FC Schalke 04. Leon Goretzka replaces Max Meyer.
Foul by Kevin-Prince Boateng (FC Schalke 04).
Tim Albutat (SC Freiburg) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Offside, SC Freiburg. Christian Günter tries a through ball, but Mike Hanke is caught offside.