International Soccer - Germany

Schalke tops Hannover to continue winning ways

Gelsenkirchen, Germany ( - First-half goals from Jefferson Farfan and Max Meyer lifted Schalke to a 2-0 win over Hannover at the Veltins Arena on Sunday, giving Schalke its third successive victory.

The Royal Blues move four points clear of fifth-place Monchengladbach with the win, while Hannover lost for the first time in three games under new manager Tayfun Korkut.

Schalke had Hannover pinned back in its own half of the field for large stretches of the first half, and the hosts finally capitalized in the 39th minute when Sead Kolasinac delivered a low cross to the front of goal for Farfan to finish off from a few yards.

Meyer made it 2-0 shortly before the break when he got on the other end of a pass from Atsuto Uchida to net his fifth goal of the season, putting Schalke in control.

Hannover was more positive after the break but Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann didn't have too much to do for his clean sheet, with a late free kick from Lars Stindl providing the biggest test, which Fahrmann easily passed.

Sunday's other Bundesliga match saw Augsburg claim a 4-1 win at Stuttgart behind two goals from Andre Hahn.

First-half goals from Arkadiusz Milik and Hahn had Augsburg up 2-0 at halftime before Stuttgart's Vedad Ibisevic was sent off.

The home side managed to score through Konstantin Rausch, but it wasn't enough to overcome second-half goals from Hahn and Tobias Werner.

02/09 13:56:40 ET