Max Meyer secured Schalke's progression to the last 16 of the Champions League as his goal sealed a 1-0 win at Maribor in Group G on Wednesday night.
The Bundesliga side needed a victory over Maribor and for group leaders Chelsea to beat Sporting Lisbon in the group's other game to progress.
The group was in the balance, however, as a win for Maribor would see the Portuguese club go through.
Meyer scored the decisive goal in the 62nd minute to set up a nervy last half hour at Stadion Ljudski vrt,...
Kevin-Prince Boateng has been ruled out of Schalke's match at Stuttgart, but could return for the crucial Champions League clash at Maribor on Wednesday.
But coach Roberto Di Matteo said he would return more quickly than had been feared, telling a news conference: "He feels a bit better, but that game at Stuttgart...