Huntelaar bags hat trick as Schalke rolls over Hamburg

Updated: April 28, 2013


Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted a hat trick on Sunday as Schalke rolled to a 4-1 victory over Hamburg at the Veltins Arena.

Hamburg got off the mark first just five minutes into the match as Marcell Jansen got his head to a pass from Heiko Westermann and nodded it past Schalke goalkeeper Timo Hildebrand for the early advantage.

But the hosts got it back just four minutes later when Michel Bastos ran onto a through ball from Huntelaar on the counter attack and slid it into the bottom left corner of the net to put the sides on level terms.

The goal shifted the momentum in the favor of Schalke and Huntelaar gave his club the lead in the 21st minute when he popped one home from close range for the 2-1 halftime lead.

After the break, Huntelaar made it a brace in the 58th minute when he got his head on a cross from Raffael and nodded it past Hamburg goalkeeper Rene Adler, then completed his hat trick with a goal six minutes after the hour mark to wrap up the victory for Schalke.

The result sees Schalke improve to 49 points from 31 matches but remain in fourth place in the Bundesliga, while Hamburg sits in eighth place on 44 points from 31 games.

Mainz 0, Eintracht 0

Mainz, Germany – Eintracht moved into fifth place in the Bundesliga on Sunday after battling Mainz to a scoreless draw at the Coface Arena.

Eintracht extended its unbeaten streak to a modest two straight games after earning a 1-0 win over Schalke last time out.

Mainz had the better of the play throughout, keeping 58 percent of the ball and putting 14 shots in the direction of goal, but only two on target as neither side generated much in the way of scoring chances.

Mainz’s best chance of the match came in stoppage time as Nicolai Muller ripped one from the right side of the box, but he just missed the far post as the clubs were forced to settle for a point apiece.

The result moves Mainz into 10th place on 40 points from 31 matches,