Schalke goes 4th in Bundesliga, Hamburg in crisis
By Ciaran Fahey, AP
February 3, 2014, 1:48 am TWN
BERLIN--Kevin-Prince Boateng scored late for Schalke to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 and move fourth in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Hamburger SV slipped further into crisis with a 3-0 loss at Hoffenheim.
Boateng scored in the 81st minute following some good interplay between Leon Goretzka and Roman Neustaedter, restoring the home side's lead after Maximilian Arnold equalized for 10-man Wolfsburg in the 65th.
Felipe Santana opened the scoring in the ninth, when Boateng's effort rebounded off his shoulder and squirmed inside the post after a corner.
Wolfsburg's task was made more difficult when midfielder Daniel Caligiuri was sent off in the 50th. TV replays suggested he had made a remark to the linesman.
"I'm delighted with the win," Boateng said. "It was hugely important. The fans got to see a good match, they had to fret for a little bit, but that keeps us all young."
Borussia Moenchengladbach lost 3-1 at Hannover in the late game, missing out on the chance to reclaim fourth place.
"It's not undeserved, the 3-1," Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre said. "We lost the ball too often, didn't move enough. They played well, countered well, they're very dangerous here."
Artjoms Rudnevs opened the scoring in the 57th when Szabolcs Huszti crossed to the far post. It was the Latvian striker's second goal in as many games since switching from Hamburg.
Huszti also created Hannover's second in the 82nd, with another precise cross for Mame Biram Diouf.
Peniel Kokou Mlapa pulled one back two minutes later to set up a frenetic finish, but Diouf sealed the result in the 89th to maintain new Hannover coach Tayfun Korkut's winning start.
Earlier, Bayer Leverkusen left it late to come from behind and beat Stuttgart 2-1 and consolidate second place. Eren Derdiyok's 84th-minute header condemned Stuttgart to its fourth successive defeat.
Moritz Leitner opened the scoring for Stuttgart with a fine strike to the top left corner in the 12th, 14 minutes before Stefan Kiessling equalized by beating a defender and curling his shot inside the far post.