Unlikely hero Hoppe rescues Schalke from an unhappy record

The crisis surrounding Schalke looked set to deepen on Saturday evening, with the club in grave danger of ending its 31st game without a win, which would have equalled the Bundesliga record set by Tasmania Berlin in 1965-66. But Matthew Hoppe, a 19-year-old football player from the United States, proved the unlikely hero to save the club from such shame, scoring a hat-trick and helping Schalke beat Hoffenheim 4-0 in the club’s first win since January 2020. “I don’t know how to describe how I feel but I’m happy, just lost for words,” Hoppe told Sky Sports after the game. The youngster was set t…

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