Soccer-Huntelaar scores on comeback as Schalke ease past Hamburg

Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar could not have dreamt of a better comeback after five months out when he scored the opening goal in his side’s 3-0 victory at Hamburg SV on Sunday. The Dutchman, who last played on Aug. 17 against VfL Wolfsburg when he suffered torn knee ligaments, continued his prolific scoring run against Hamburg with his 10th goal in seven games against the northern club. Schalke, who moved up to fifth place on 31 points as the league resumed after the winter break, looked hungrier at the start and Huntelaar could have put them ahead after 23 minutes but for a last-gasp challenge by defender Heiko Westermann. The 30-year-old did better in the 34th, connecting with a fine Jefferson Farfan cross to nod past keeper Jaroslav Drobny.

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