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Veltins Arena (ATT 60,743) 30th March 2013 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: F Brych

Schalke Schalke vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

Schalke 3

M Hoger (71)
Raffael (79)
T Pukki (83)

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Schalke boost top-four hopes

Last Updated: 30/03/13 6:45pm

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Teemu Pukki  celebrates with Jefferson Farfan

Teemu Pukki celebrates with Jefferson Farfan

Schalke reinvigorated their top-four hopes and pushed Hoffenheim a step closer to relegation thanks to a 3-0 win, which produced three goals in the final 20 minutes.

Marco Hoger broke the deadlock in the 71st minute before two substitutes, Raffael and Teemu Pukki, wrapped up the victory.

The win moved the Royal Blues, dumped out of the Champions League by Galatasaray and beaten 3-0 at Nurnberg in their last two games, three points clear of Mainz in fourth.

Hoffenheim, though, look doomed as they slipped to a 17th loss of the Bundesliga season.Schalke showed their attacking intent early, with Japan international Atsuto Uchida to the fore.

First, his cross into the area picked out Michel Bastos, who set up Jefferson Farfan, but the Peruvian could only fire over the top.

The right-back then played another dangerous ball into the area, which Farfan narrowly failed to get on the end of.

Bastos blazed a shot wide from well out as the hosts looked for the opener, but they were becoming increasingly frustrated.

Hoffenheim held out until the break and continued to stand firm in the second half, albeit while offering almost nothing themselves going forward.

Bastos fired another effort wide, but the introduction of Raffael for the Brazilian in the 63rd minute appeared to do the trick for the Royal Blues.

The breakthrough came from a counter-attack in the 71st minute, Hoger winning the ball on the edge of his own area, spread play out to Farfan on the right and carried on his run to finish off the move by firing past Heurelho Gomes.

Raffael made it two eight minutes later, scoring from close range after Schalke had linked up well down the left.

And Pukki, on in the 74th minute, wrapped up the points seven minutes from time, taking a pass from Rafael and shooting home via the inside of a post.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 16 42
2 Wolfsburg 16 31
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 16 27
4 Bayer Leverkusen 16 27
5 Schalke 16 26
6 FC Augsburg 16 24
7 Hoffenheim 16 23
8 Hannover 96 16 23
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 22
10 Cologne 16 19
11 Mainz 16 18
12 SC Paderborn 07 16 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 16 16
15 Stuttgart 16 16
16 Borussia Dortmund 16 15
17 SC Freiburg 16 14
18 Werder Bremen 16 14