Nabil Bentaleb was on target as Schalke defeated RB Leipzig 2-0 in their German Bundesliga curtain raiser on Saturday.
The Algerian whose transfer was made permanent in May from Tottenham Hotspurs finally registered his first goal for the German top-flight club.
The hosts were awarded a penalty with two minutes left in the opening half, and the Algeria international stepped up to tuck away the spot kick with a cool finish.
Yevhen Konoplyanka’s goal 17 minutes from time meant the Miners secured all three points to kick-start their campaign.
Domenico Tedesco’s men will visit the Niedersachsenstadion to face off against Hannover 96 next Saturday.