Oct 25, 2014 at 5.30pm UK at ‚ÄčBayArena
B. LeverkusenBayer Leverkusen
1-0
SchalkeSchalke 04
Calhanoglu (53')
Toprak (14')
Jedvaj (85')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Hoger (18'), Aogo (48'), Huntelaar (81'), Uchida (86')

Result: Bayer Leverkusen inflict first defeat on Schalke 04 boss Roberto Di Matteo

Roberto Di Matteo suffers defeat for the first time as Schalke 04 boss as Hakan Calhanoglu strikes to earn 10-man Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 Bundesliga home win.

Roberto Di Matteo lost for the first time as Schalke 04 boss this evening as Hakan Calhanoglu's goal earned 10-man Bayer Leverkusen a 1-0 Bundesliga home win.

The hosts at the BayArena survived the late dismissal of Tin Jedvaj to win their fourth game of the season and condemn Di Matteo to defeat in his third game in charge.

Leverkusenīs players celbrate after the German First division Bundesliga football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Schalke 04 on October 25, 2014© Getty Images

There were early chances aplenty as Emir Spahic headed over and Karim Bellarabi shot at Ralf Fahrmann for Bayer, while Julian Draxler went close at the near post following a good run and cross from Atsuto Uchida.

Schalke rarely threatened again during the remainder of a first half in which Calhanoglu twice tested Fahrmann from distance and Jedvaj dragged a Heung-Min Son layoff wide from the edge of the box.

Stefan Kiessling missed a glorious chance to head in only his second Bundesliga goal of the season before Calhanoglu's unstoppable free kick from the left of centre on 53 minutes put Leverkusen ahead.

Klaas Jan Huntelaar, who scored to help Di Matteo to wins over Werder Bremen and Sporting Lisbon, saw his only effort of the game blocked by Wendell on 68 minutes as Schalke struggled in their search for an equaliser.

In contrast, Leverkusen were threatening on every attack as Kiessling, Bellarabi and Calhanoglu went close to extending their lead, but they handed the visitors a lifeline when Jedvaj lunged in on Jan Kirchhoff on 85 minutes.

However, they hung on comfortably to end a run of three consecutive draws and climb to fourth in the table.

Leverkusen's Italian defender Giulio Donati and Zenit's Italian defender Domenico Criscito vie for the ball during the first leg UEFA Champions League Group C football match Bayer 04 Leverkusen vs FC Zenit St Petersburg, in Leverkusen, western Germany on
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1Bayern Munich18142240122844
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3RB Leipzig199463128331
4Borussia MonchengladbachBorussia M'bach199463030031
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11Hertha Berlin196762727025
12Freiburg195862033-1323
13Wolfsburg1931152224-220
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18FC Koln1933131433-1912
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