Raul conjured one of the goals of the season as he struck twice to give Schalke 04 a 3-0 win over Hanover 96 in the Bundesliga on Sunday and keep them on course for a place in the Champions League.
Dutchman Klaas-Jan Huntelaar completed the win with his 24th goal of the season in a game between two of the sides knocked out of the Europa League last Thursday.
Schalke stayed third, enough to take them straight to the group stage of the Champions League next season, and opened up a five-point gap over Borussia Moenchengladbach in fourth place.
Huub Stevens' team have 57 points from 29 games, six behind second-placed Bayern Munich and a further three behind leaders and arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund.
For Raul, it was his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season, his 20th in all competitions.