Schalke on the receiving end of yet another defeat.
The game started brightly for the visitors who had a chance to open the scoring as early as the third minute when Raul's header from inside the penalty area flew narrowly wide of the right post. Vedad Ibisevic had an opportunity to score four minutes later, but was stopped by Christoph Metzelder in the penalty box amidst suspicions of a punishable offence by the defender.
New signing Klaas-Jan Huntelaar wasted his team's best chance of the first period after failing to convert from a Hans Sarpei cross in the penalty box, despite being unmarked. From there on it was all Hoffenheim, who turned on the style for the rest of the half.
Demba Ba and Ibisevic had chances to score for the home side, but the goal eventually came in the 37th minute when defender Isaac Vorsah headed from a cross by Andreas Beck to break the deadlock.
Schalke tried to fight back, but looked more likely to concede another goal as Hoffenheim were growing in confidence. Peniel Mlapa and Ibisevic had a chance each to double the advantage for their team, but ultimately could not do so before half-time.
The second half continued with the visitors pressing for an equalizer and the host patiently waiting to hit them on the counter. There were chance for Ba and Ibisevic in the first fifteen minutes after the break, but it was Schalke who came closest to scoring when a Huntelaar header was deflected by Tom Starke on to the bar.
Raul had a chance to claw one back for Schalke twenty minutes later, but his header was weak and the goalkeeper had no trouble claiming the ball. Hoffenheim, however, looked threatening on the counter and could have put the game to bed through Boris Vukcevic, Gylfi Sigurdsson or Luiz Gustavo, but it was Sejad Salihovic who scored the second of the night with a delightful free-kick deep in injury time.
Following tonight's game Schalke find themselves second to last in the Bundesliga table, while Hoffenheim are top with a three point lead before the matches this weekend.
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