BERLIN, Jan. 18 (Xinhua) -- The German Bundesliga resumed with a thrilling match into the second half of the campaign in 2013 as Schalke and Hannover celebrated a nine-goal festival on Friday.
Schalke started highly motivated against Hannover into the opener of the second half of the season. The hosts collected a few scoring opportunities through Jefferson Farfan and Ciprian Marica at the opening period but yet their efforts remained unrewarded.
Hannover remained unable to gain a foothold into the match because Schalke dictated the proceedings on the pitch. Thus Schalke's Jefferson Farfan broke the deadlock with 44 minutes on the clock. The Peruvian international utilized a long throw in by teammate Christian Fuchs to nutmeg Hannover's goalkeeper Ron Robert Zieler with a drop shot from a sharp angle.
After the break Schalke started where they left off and they were rewarded, as Julian Draxler was able to exploit Lewis Holtby' s assist at the 49th minute to make it 2-0 on the scoreboards.
It looked like an easy win for the "Royal Blues" but the match took an unexpected turn Sergio Pinto's long-range effort introduced Hannover's comeback, with the assistance of Schalke's Roman Neustaedter who deflected the ball unstoppable for Timo Hildebrandt at the 55th minute. Only four minutes later, Hannover leveled the score through Szabolcs Huzsti who had all time and space to handle Chahed Sofian's cross to slot home into the bottom right corner.
Schalke remained unfazed and responded with two goals five minutes later. Marco Hoeger slotted home after a one two with Holtby to beat Zieler whereas Ciprian Marica made it 4-2 after a solo run and goal following a fast break at the 67th minute.
It was a short-lived joy by the "Knappen" as Huszti again reduced the lead to 4-3 at the 68th minute.
Finally, Lewis Holtby sealed the deal when he utilized the build up play by Jefferson Farfan with two minutes left.
Hannover's Mame Biram Diouf capped it all off when he marked the final 5-4 score with an overhead kick at injury time.
The following matches are scheduled for Saturday: front runners Bayern Munich host Greuther Fuerth, Bayer Leverkusen meet Eintracht Frankfurt, Wolfsburg see Stuttgart, Hoffenheim face Monchengladbach, Mainz encounter Freiburg and Bremen clash Dortmund.