Schalke end winless Bundesliga streak; Hoffenheim hold Dortmund
Klaas Jan Huntelaar ended his goal drought with a brace as Schalke defeated Stuttgart 3-2 in the Bundesliga on Saturday, while Borussia Dortmund was held at Hoffenheim 1-1.
Huntelaar, who hadn’t scored in 1,187 minutes before kickoff, scored in the ninth minute and equalized in the 78th after Martin Harnik and Filip Kostic had put Stuttgart ahead.
Stuttgart striker Daniel Ginczek had a role in both goals. He set up Harnik, who scored with a delicate chip in the 22nd, and then Kostic in the 51st.
Schalke fans turned their backs to the pitch with about 15 minutes remaining, before Huntelaar equalized and then substitute Kevin-Prince Boateng’s 89th-minute volley was deflected in by Stuttgart defender Florian Klein.
Fifth-place Schalke’s first win in seven games left Stuttgart bottom, three points from safety with three rounds remaining.
Dortmund captain Mats Hummels’ 35th-minute header from a corner salvaged a point at Hoffenheim, which remained a point in front with both sides fighting for Europa League qualification.
Kevin Volland opened the scoring in the 33rd, eluding Marcel Schmelzer, turning and then firing past emerging goalkeeper Mitch Langerak to the far corner.
Either side might have scored in a frenetic second half. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan missed for Dortmund, before a poor back pass from Erik Durm gifted Anthony Modeste an even better chance at the other end – also wasted.
Elsewhere, second-place Wolfsburg drew 2-2 with Hannover, Paderborn boosted its survival hopes with a 2-1 win at Freiburg, Werder Bremen beat Eintracht Frankfurt 1-0 and Augsburg drew 0-0 with Cologne.
Bayer Leverkusen was hosting freshly crowned champion Bayern Munich later Saturday.
Bayern coach Pep Guardiola indicated he would rotate heavily ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League semifinal first leg at Barcelona.
Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin de Bruyne crossed for Bas Dost to score in the 24th. It was the Belgian’s 18th assist of the season, matching the Bundesliga record set by Zvjezdan Misimovic, also for Wolfsburg, in 2008-09.
Ivan Perisic fired to the top corner from 20 meters (yards) before the interval, but Jimmy Briand pulled one back for Hannover with a header two minutes after and Salif Sane equalized with a spectacular overhead kick in the 58th.
Freiburg forward Nils Peterson put his side ahead five minutes before the break, only for Lukas Rupp to equalize in the 70th and claim the winner with 10 minutes remaining.
Paderborn’s seventh win of the season lifted the promoted side out of the relegation zone, one point above Hannover in the relegation playoff place. Only goal difference separates Freiburg and Hannover.
Frankfurt coach Thomas Schaaf was given a warm welcome on his first return to Bremen, where he spent more than 40 years as player and coach.
Davie Selke scored the game’s only goal with his chest in the 66th for Bremen to climb to seventh, one point behind Augsburg in the last Europa League place.