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Veltins Arena (ATT 60,604) 8th March 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Robert Hartmann

Schalke Schalke vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

Schalke 4

K Huntelaar (6, 28, 79)
C Obasi (55)

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Huntelaar stars in Schalke win

Last Updated: 08/03/14 5:54pm

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Kevin-Prince Boateng was on target for the hosts

Kevin-Prince Boateng was on target for the hosts

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-trick and missed a penalty as Schalke bounced back from two heavy wins to beat Hoffenheim 4-0.

The Dutchman put the Royal Blues in command within half an hour before wasting the chance to wrap things up from the penalty spot.

It did not prove to be a costly miss, though, as former Hoffenheim forward Chinedu Obasi made it three before Huntelaar completed the scoring and snatched the matchball.

In a game involving a side with the third strongest attack and the third weakest defence, goals were always likely.

And it was Hoffenheim who took a step closer to having the worst defence in the league rather than the best attack as they fell behind in the sixth minute.

Joel Matip squared the ball for Huntelaar after Hoffenheim failed to clear their lines and the Dutchman stroked the ball past Koen Casteels, leaving the Hoffenheim goalkeeper no chance.

Hoffenheim nearly levelled immediately with Kevin Volland's shot saved by Ralf Fahrmann before the ball fell to Anthony Modeste, who failed to find the target from a tight angle.

Schalke doubled their lead in the 29th minute when Julian Draxler played a perfect pass for Huntelaar, who let rip from the edge of the penalty area to beat Casteels once again.

Only a minute later, Huntelaar had the chance to make it three from the penalty spot, but after using power and accuracy for his two goals from open play, he cheekily tried to scoop the ball past Casteels, who embarrassed the Dutchman by making an easy save.

Hoffenheim made a better start to the second half, but within 10 minutes they were in an unforgiving position at three goals down.

Obasi, facing his former club, was served by Kevin-Prince Boateng and his powerful effort left Casteels with no chance.

From then on in, it was a case of limiting the damage for Hoffenheim and they succeeded up until the 79th minute, when Draxler beat Roberto Firmino before crossing for Huntelaar to complete his hat-trick from close range.

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German Bundesliga

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 17 45
2 Wolfsburg 17 34
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15