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Raul double inspires struggling Schalke

Raul celebrates one of his two goals as Schalke finally moved out of the bottom three of the Bundesliga.
Raul celebrates one of his two goals as Schalke finally moved out of the bottom three of the Bundesliga.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Bundesliga strugglers Schalke move out of the bottom three for the first time this season
  • Veteran Spanish striker Raul scores twice in a 3-0 win over St Pauli on Friday
  • Mainz will gop top of the Bundesliga table if they can with at Freiburg on Saturday
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(CNN) -- Bundesliga strugglers Schalke moved out of the bottom three for the first time this season, as veteran Spanish striker Raul helped himself to two goals in a comfortable 3-0 home win over St Pauli on Friday evening.

Raul gave Schalke a 14th-minute lead and his former Real Madrid teammate Klass-Jan Huntelaar doubled their advantage eight minutes after the break.

Raul added his second, and Schalke's third, nine minutes from time to lift Felix Magath's side up two places to 15th in the table, on nine points -- while St Pauli remain in 13th place.

The victory, only Schalke's second of a disastrous season so far, also provided last season's runners-up with their first clean sheet since February 2010.

With leaders Borussia Dortmund not playing at Hanover until Sunday, Mainz will go back to the top of the table if they win at Freiburg on Saturday.

Third-placed Hoffenheim also face an away trip, to Hamburg, while champions Bayern Munich must travel to Moenchengladbach.