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Huntelaar scores on return, Schalke beats Hamburg

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 26, 2014 at 1:07 pm •  Published: January 26, 2014

BERLIN (AP) — Klaas Jan Huntelaar scored on his return after five months out with injury in Schalke's 3-0 win at Hamburger SV in the Bundesliga on Sunday.

The Dutch striker opened the scoring in the 34th minute when he got between two defenders to head Jefferson Farfan's cross past Hamburg goalkeeper Jaroslav Drobny.

"Today was a lot of fun," said Huntelaar, who was making his first start since tearing a ligament in his right knee against Wolfsburg on Aug. 18.

"You could see how important he is to us, the qualities he brings the team," Schalke coach Jens Keller said.

Rafael van der Vaart almost provided an immediate response by Hamburg from a free kick, only to be denied by a fingertip save from Ralf Faehrmann, and Marcell Jansen's weak shot was no trouble for the Schalke goalkeeper a minute later.

Farfan made it 2-0 in the 53rd when Jansen left Felipe Santana's hopeful punt forward and the stranded Drobny failed to clear, giving the Schalke winger a simple finish into the empty net.

The Peruvian cut the ball back for Max Meyer to score on a counterattack three minutes later to complete an evening to forget for the home side.

"We were ice cool and we took our chances," Meyer said.

Hamburg, already hit by injuries, had to make two substitutions inside the opening half hour. Pierre-Michel Lasogga went off with an ankle problem to be replaced by Dutch striker Ola John — who made his debut following his loan move from Benfica — while defender Lam Zhi Gin went off on a stretcher.

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