Huntelaar scores 2 as Schalke beats Wolfsburg
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored two goals to help Schalke beat Wolfsburg 4-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Huntelaar also had a penalty saved by Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio. The two goals brought Huntelaar's total for the season to 18, level with Bayern Munich's Mario Gomez for most in the league. With 50 goals scored, Schalke leads the Bundesliga.
Hannover beat Stuttgart 4-2 in the late match with Christian Pander scoring once and setting up two goals.
Raul Gonzalez and Joel Matip also scored for Schalke, which is one point behind Bayern Munich in fourth place. Bayern dropped to third with a 0-0 draw Saturday at last-place Freiburg.
Borussia Dortmund leads the league by three points from Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Schalke got off to a flying start when Raul scored in the 10th from a corner headed over to the far post by Matip.
Huntelaar notched his first in the 15th, connecting with a perfect cross from Christian Fuchs. Schalke earned the penalty in the 35th when Felipe Lopes handled the ball, but Benaglio punched away Huntelaar's shot.
Late in the first half, Benaglio denied Huntelaar again, this time stopping his point-blank shot.
Matip made it 3-0 in the 49th, again after a corner that had not been cleared, with the defender putting the ball into the net with his heel. Huntelaar rounded out the scoring in the 72nd, with Fuchs again providing the cross.
The result ended a three-game winless run for Schalke while Wolfsburg fell to its fifth straight defeat on the road.
In Hannover, Pander set up his team's first two goals, both from corners. Karim Haggui headed in the first in the 25th and newly signed Mame Diouf doubled the lead in the 32nd.
Pander then scored himself after a corner - delivered by Sergio Pinto - in the 47th.
With Stuttgart's defense unable to clear the ball from its penalty area in the 73rd, Lars Stindl finally drove home.
Stuttgart wasn't finished just yet and struck with two quick goals to make it interesting.
Martin Harnik scored in the 75th and Shinji Okazaki fired a spectacular overhead volley in the 79th. Had Vedad Ibisevic scored with his powerful shot from five meters (yards) out, Stuttgart may have pulled off a stunning comeback. But Ron-Robert Zieler made an amazing reflex save to deny the Stuttgart striker.