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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Leon Goretzka (13')
  • Guido Burgstaller (74')

Goretzka, Burgstaller score as Schalke beat Mainz, move to fourth

Schalke moved up to fourth in the Bundesliga for 24 hours at least thanks to a 2-0 victory over Mainz at the Veltins Arena on Friday night.

Germany midfielder Leon Goretzka opened the scoring as he chipped Guido Burgstaller's pass into the bottom corner with a brilliant finish for his third goal in three league matches after 13 minutes.

Max Meyer had a chance blocked on the half-hour mark as the home side pressed for a second, while teammate Amine Harit sent his shot wide and -- at the other end -- Danny Latza's long-range effort was kept out just before the break.

Mainz tested home goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann further in the early exchanges of the second half but Yoshinori Muto was thwarted before Schalke began to dominate again.

Die Knappen's pressure paid off a second time and, with 15 minutes remaining, provider Burgstaller turned scorer as he tapped the ball home from very close range following a corner to seal maximum points.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 31 +62 78
2 Schalke 04 31 +14 56
3 Borussia Dortmund 31 +20 54
4 Bayer Leverkusen 31 +14 51
5 TSG Hoffenheim 31 +16 49
6 RB Leipzig 31 0 47
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 +1 46
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 -6 43
9 Hertha Berlin 31 +3 42
10 VfB Stuttgart 31 -6 42
11 FC Augsburg 31 0 40
12 Werder Bremen 31 -4 37
13 Hannover 96 31 -9 36
14 VfL Wolfsburg 31 -10 30
15 Mainz 31 -17 30
16 SC Freiburg 31 -25 30
17 Hamburg SV 31 -24 25
18 FC Cologne 31 -29 22

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