Huntelaar's brace helps Schalke climb to third
Augsburg, Germany (SportsNetwork.com) - A goal in each half from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar helped Schalke to a 2-1 comeback win at Augsburg on Friday, moving the club into third place in the Bundesliga.
Tobias Werner scored five minutes into the contest for Augsburg after he capitalized on an error from Schalke's Tim Hoogland by cutting out an attempted header back to the goalkeeper and firing the ball into the net.
But Huntelaar had Schalke back on level terms before halftime when a shot from Kevin-Prince Boateng was fumbled by Augsburg goalkeeper Alex Manninger, allowing Huntelaar to swoop in and score on the rebound.
The visitors snatched the advantage early in the second half through Huntelaar once more as Sead Kolasinac received a pass on the left and cut the ball back for the Dutch forward to tap in from six yards.
Julian Draxler had the ball in the net for Schalke shortly after the second goal, but it was ruled out for offsides. However, Augsburg was unable to find an equalizer and Schalke now climbs three points above struggling Bayer Leverkusen into third place.
Leverkusen won't expect to make up that three-point gap this weekend as the club travels to runaway leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday, while second-place Borussia Dortmund entertains mid-table Monchengladbach.
Wolfsburg hopes to continue its push for a European place with three points at last-place Braunschweig, while second-from-the-bottom Freiburg sits one point from safety and invades Eintracht.
Hamburg resides in the bottom three on goal difference and plays host to Nurnberg, Stuttgart is just above Hamburg in the table and hits the road to face Werder Bremen, Hannover visits Hertha Berlin and Hoffenheim hosts Mainz.