In the 58th minute, the US international breached the right side of the area thanks to a lead pass from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar. Jones quickly teed up a right-footed shot that appeared to be headed just wide of the far post when Freiburg midfielder Julian Schuster comically bundled into his own net.
Though a draw ended up being enough to clinch the Champions League return, Schalke won for the fourth time in six road games.
Sejad Salihović converted from the spot in the 77th and 82nd minutes to give the visitors their first-ever victory at Dortmund. More importantly, the result lifted Hoffenheim into a promotion/relegation playoff with 2.Bundesliga third-place finishers FC Kaiserslautern.
The skipper picked out Miram Bire Diouf with a right-flank cross and the striker made no mistake to put the Reds ahead to stay seven minutes shy of halftime. The win ensured Hannover of a ninth-place finish, their third in a row in the top 10.
Next door in Austria, Terrence Boyd went 77 minutes as Rapid Vienna's struggles continued with a 2-0 defeat at Mattersburg.
The US forward nearly tied the game at one just past the hour mark, only to have the home netminder tip his shot over. Third-place Rapid have won just twice in 15 games since the winter break.
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