BERLIN (AP) — Schalke ended Bayer Leverkusen's winning start to the Bundesliga on Saturday with a 2-0 win that relieves the pressure on coach Jens Keller following the club's poor league start.
"I'm very proud of the team," Keller said. "We were getting it in the ears so much. It was always a problem of mentality."
Marco Hoeger scored against the run of play for the home side in the 30th, when he got a slight touch with the back of his head to Jefferson Farfan's free kick.
Son Heung-min came closest for Leverkusen in the second half, but was denied by a good save from Timo Hildebrand, before new signing Dennis Aogo called Bernd Leno into action at the other end.
Farfan secured his side's first win of the season with a penalty in the 83rd, after he had dusted himself off from Emir Spahic's poorly executed challenge in the area.
"I'm delighted that we were able to get the three points. The team performance was outstanding," said Kevin-Prince Boateng, who started for Schalke after switching from AC Milan the day before.
The loss ended Leverkusen's club record eight-game winning streak in the Bundesliga.
"We were lacking the drive we had in the last games," said Leverkusen sporting director Rudi Voeller.
Earlier Saturday, Hamburger SV defeated promoted Eintracht Braunschweig 4-0 to buy Thorsten Fink some breathing space after his side mimicked Schalke's start to the season.
"Now we have a bit of peace for the first time in two weeks," said Fink, whose side had conceded nine goals and claimed just one point from its previous three games.
Rafael van der Vaart slid in ahead of a defender to poke home the opening goal in the seventh minute, and Jacques Zoua made it 2-0 with a tap-in 10 minutes later after some shoddy defending from the visitors.
Hakan Calhanoglu scored in the 80th, one minute after coming on as a substitute, when Daniel Davari failed to hold his speculative effort, and Calhanoglu then wrapped up his side's first win of the season with a fine free kick in injury time.