Gelsenkirchen, Germany (AP) – Hoffenheim conceded two penalties after video review as it beat Schalke 3-0 in the Bundesliga on Friday to end a three-game winless streak and deepen Schalke’s woes. .
The win sent Hoffenheim four places up to third – one place above Bayern Munich – ahead of the weekend games.
Schalke and his under-pressure coach Frank Kremer are 16th in the 18-team league after their fourth straight defeat.
Hoffenheim took the lead in the seventh minute with a Robert Schoff penalty after Schalke defender Leo Grimmel flew in a careless studs-up challenge on Christoph Baumgartner, who was lucky to avoid injury. The referee initially ignored the challenge but it was clear to the video assistant referee.
Schalke had chances to level the scores, including when Florent Mollet smashed a speculative shot against the legs of the post and Oliver Baumgart saved Thomas Ovijan’s shot on the rebound.
It was Baumgart who was key to Hoffenheim’s second goal before the break. The goalkeeper saved a header at a corner and lifted the ball upfield to free Georginio Rutter on the counter. The French forward, who earlier missed a good chance on another counter-attack, then found Monas Dabour who finished with a powerful shot.
VAR had its say again when Ovijan blocked the ball awkwardly with his hand, allowing Skoff – whose hard first touch resulted in the ball – to step up and convert another penalty. And made it 3-0.