Schalke beats Hannover 5-4 in Bundesliga
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Schalke edged Hannover 5-4 after a wild second half that saw eight goals Friday, giving new coach Jens Keller a winning start in the Bundesliga.
The season looked set to resume on a boring note after the winter break, until Schalke's Jefferson Farfan scored with one minute remaining in the first half.
But the second half produced a festival of goals, with Schalke taking a 2-0 lead, Hannover pulling level and Schalke taking 4-2 and 5-3 leads before Mame Diouf completed the scoring in the final minute with a spectacular overhead kick befitting the fireworks under the closed roof of Schalke's arena. Szabolcs Huszti had two goals for Hannover.
Schalke, one of the three Bundesliga clubs in the knockout stage of the Champions League, ended a six-match winless run. Once second in the standings, Schalke had fallen to seventh before jumping two places up provisionally with Friday's win.
Keller replaced Huub Stevens, who was fired at the end of the first half of the season. Keller's debut was a 2-1 loss at home by Mainz in the German Cup.
"For the fans, it was a spectacle, for me as coach, it wasn't that much fun," Keller said. "It was important to get three points and now I can breathe a sigh of relief."
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