Enjoyed a quiet day at the office and he may as well have been sitting in the stands alongside the discarded Jermaine Jones.
His calmness on the ball and positional sense meant that Bremen never got a foothold in the midfield.
He is looking more and more like a Bundesliga left-back in recent times and he continued on his upward spiral today with a solid display.
Had another stormer of a game both in defence and attack as he and Farfan patrolled the right-hand side.
Read the game well and was also good in the aerial battles, he was rarely pressed into service after an initial opening Bremen "burst".
Won the fans over with a bullet header to give his side the lead and strolled through the afternoon's proceedings.
Broke forward well, carried the ball superbly and as ever was a force to be reckoned with in the tackle. A fine way to mark his 200th Bundesliga appearance and he should be a permanent fixture in the starting eleven.
Terrific delivery from the right flank and as usual dovetailed beautifully with Uchida on the right flank. He tortured Pasanen and will wonder just how he did not manage to get on the scoresheet himself.
Displayed a goalscoring instinct few others in the last 20 years have possessed as he exposed the static nature of Bremen's defence to latch onto the rebound and put his side two ahead. Fully deserved his hat-trick with his third goal representative of the class he has oozed for so long.
Showed us why Magath wants him to score more goals as he missed an excellent chance five minutes before the break. Today was his strike partner's day.
He worked hard and battled away but his lack of genuine quality meant Schalke's threat in open play was somewhat lopsided. However, deserves credit for his thunderous strike, which led to the second goal and he eventually got the better of Fritz as Schalke's dominance took hold.
Unlucky with the opening Schalke goal but the only Bremen player who can emerge with any real credit as he was a one-man resistance to the home side's domination pulling off a string of excellent saves.
Made a superb challenge to deny Huntelaar just before the break but was run ragged by the incisive and pacy Schalke attack.
Failed to contain the twin threat of Uchida and Farfan down his left side and often left for dust by the Peruvian.
Gave the ball away on a few occasions and hopelessly struggled to keep tabs of the movement of Huntelaar and Raul.
Preferred ahead of Daniel Jensen, he didn't have the best of games, which culminated in an utterly stupid sending off late on with two bookings within five minutes of each other.
A nondescript performance from Hunt who never got into the game and looked slow and off the pace. Always lost possession but remained on the field due to a paucity of alternatives. Put out of his misery just before the hour.
Enjoyed the ding-dong battle with the atypical left-sided player Edu but as the game wore on, Edu ground down the German international and left him trailing in his wake.
Lazy early on when dispossessed inside his own half and was not his usual all-action self in the first period thanks to Uchida's strong performance. His hamstring pull in the second-half added still further to Bremen's injury woes.
Another solid performance from the veteran who might have rubbed a few opponents up the wrong way but he was committed to the Bremen cause.
Made a bright start over on the right getting deliveries into the box but thereafter was ineffective as Bremen's midfield were gobbled up by Schalke.
Missed a gilt-edged chance early on and was repeatedly caught offside.
- 33 M. Schober
- 14 K. Papadopoulos
The masked midfielder came on in the second-half and showed a good range of passing.
- 27 C. Deac
Settled in well to the tempo of the game without doing anything outlandish.
A late replacement in order to hand Raul a rest and a standing ovation.
- 26 E. Jendrišek
- 21 S. Mielitz
- 37 L. Balogun
Was no discernible improvement in the midfield after coming off the bench and gave the ball away in his own defensive third, leading to a goal.
Came on for the injured Wesley but was a mere bystander as Schalke ran riot.
Replaced Marin but failed to offer any bite upfront.