March 30, 2013
Schalke 04 3-0 TSG Hoffenheim
Schalke reinvigorated their top-four hopes and pushed Hoffenheim a step closer to relegation thanks to three goals in the final 20 minutes today.
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.
|Schalke 04||TSG Hoffenheim|
|34 Timo Hildebrand||34 Gomes|
|32 Joel Matip||29 Janick Vestergaard|
|4 Benedikt Höwedes||12 David Angel Abraham|
|35 Sead Kolasinac||2 Andreas Beck|
|22 Atsuto Uchida||21 Patrick Ochs|
|31 Julian Draxler||31 Kevin Volland|
|33 Roman Neustädter||13 Daniel Williams|
|12 Marco Höger||17 Tobias Weis|
|8 Ciprian Marica||18 Joselu|
|9 Michel Bastos||22 Roberto Firmino|
|17 Jefferson Farfan||16 Fabian Johnson|
|23 Christian Fuchs||Igor De Camargo 10|
|27 Tranquillo Barnetta||Sejad Salihovic 23|
|1 Ralf Fährmann||Matthieu Delpierre 15|
|18 Raffael Araújo||Sven Schipplock 9|
|20 Teemu Pukki||Stephan Schröck 40|
|28 Christoph Moritz||Takashi Usami 33|
|29 Maximilian Meyer||Koen Casteels 30|
|Raffael Araújo for Michel Bastos (63)||Sejad Salihovic for Fabian Johnson (74)|
|Teemu Pukki for Ciprian Marica (74)||Sven Schipplock for Daniel Williams (83)|
|Tranquillo Barnetta for Julian Draxler (83)|
|Roman Neustädter (61)||Janick Vestergaard (21)|
|Roberto Firmino (69)|
|· Squads: Schalke 04 | TSG Hoffenheim|