Schalke win to save Tasmania's record

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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 winless record held by Tasmania Berlin.

Schalke hadn't won since January 2020 and failure to beat Hoffenheim on Saturday 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 Friday.

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 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," said Gross 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."

Sancho struck the 55th minute opener for the visitors and it was his cross which set up Haaland to head the second in the 71st before he added another from Marco Reus' neat pass.

Leipzig's flat display was hardly redeemed by Alexander Sorloth's late consolation.

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.

Freiburg thrashed Cologne 5-0 in the other game.