Schalke save Tasmania's record with big win over Hoffenheim

Schalke players celebrate a goal against Hoffenheim Source: Getty Images

A brilliant hat-trick from American teenager Matthew Hoppe has inspired Schalke to a 4-0 victory over Hoffenheim to ensure the club did not match a 55-year-old Bundesliga record held by Tasmania Berlin.

Schalke hadn't won since January 2020 and failure to beat Hoffenheim on Sunday (AEDT) would have equalled the 31-match winless streak from the 1965-66 season - a claim to infamy which 'Tas', the little Berlin side with an Aussie connection, had been oddly desperate to maintain.

At the other end of the table, RB Leipzig missed the chance to go top with a 3-1 defeat at home to Borussia Dortmund.

Jadon Sancho struck the 55th minute opener for Dortmund and a double from Erling Haaland secured a fantastic result for interim coach Edin Terzic.

The win lifts Dortmund back to fourth, one point behind third-place Bayer Leverkusen and five off leaders Bayern Munich, who lost 3-2 at Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday.

Leipzig stay second, two behind champions Bayern, with only Dani Olmo's drive off the post threatening an equaliser in a curiously flat display hardly redeemed by Alexander Sorloth's late consolation.

Hoppe's treble was the story of the Bundesliga day, though, as he inspired Schalke to a first win for a year.

Schalke, under new coach Christian Gross, even moved off the bottom of the table as Mainz lost 2-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

"I don't know how to describe how I feel but I'm happy, just lost for words," Hoppe said.

"You saw throughout the whole game the team was fighting for 90 minutes, that was amazing to see and I hope the team keeps moving forward."

Schalke's winless run stopped at 30 - 359 days after their last triumph.

"I'm really happy for the team and above all our fans," Gross said after his home debut. The veteran, recently appointed, is Schalke's fourth coach of the campaign.

Dortmund were left thrilled by their win, with Emre Can proclaiming: "I think the victory will do us good today, everyone knows the last weeks weren't so easy for us."

Elsewhere, Leverkusen were held 1-1 at home by Werder Bremen while in a battle of European contenders, Union Berlin drew 2-2 with 10-man Wolfsburg.

Source AAP