Apr 28, 2013 at 4.30pm UK at ​Veltins-Arena
SchalkeSchalke 04
4-1
Hamburger SV
Bastos (10'), Huntelaar (21', 58', 66')
Bastos (74')
FT(HT: 2-1)
Jansen (5')
Mancienne (30'), Arslan (62'), Adler (74')

Result: Klaas-Jan Huntelaar hat-trick helps Schalke beat Hamburg

Schalke teammates Lewis Holtby and Julian Draxler congratulates goalscorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar on November 24, 2012
© PA Photos
Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scores a hat-trick as Schalke 04 beat Hamburger SV 4-1 in the Bundesliga this evening.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored a hat-trick as Schalke 04 beat Hamburger SV 4-1 in the Bundesliga this afternoon.

The victory keeps Schalke's slim hopes of securing a European place for next season alive.

It was the visitors who struck first, though, with Marcell Jansen on hand to nod the ball home after Heiko Westermann headed a corner back across the goalmouth, five minutes in.

Their lead did not last long and was cancelled out by a powerful Michel Bastos effort from just outside the box which found the bottom corner.

Schalke took the lead midway through the first half, when after a neat turn and pass by Julian Draxler, Huntelaar tucked the ball past the goalkeeper from close range.

Huntelaar and Raffael both missed further chances before the break, as Schalke began to take control of the match.

The pair were involved again shortly into the second period, this time to better effect as Raffael's corner was headed in by Huntelaar on 58 minutes.

The Dutchman completed his hat-trick 10 minutes later with a carbon copy of his second goal, heading in from the Brazilian's corner.

Draxler missed the chance to increase the lead with a couple of snapshots from the edge of the box, before Huntelaar failed to hit the target after being played in by Raffael towards the end.

It didn't matter, though, as Schalke secured the win to move within seven points of third-placed Bayer Leverkusen with just three games to play.

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