2020-21 German Bundesliga
  • Matthew Hoppe (57')
  • Rafael Czichos (31')
  • Jan Thielmann (90'+3')

U.S. teen Hoppe scores again but Schalke collapse with late loss to Cologne

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Hoppe scores again, but Schalke fall short vs. Cologne (1:54)

Matthew Hoppe now has five goals in his last three Bundesliga games, but Cologne strike late to beat Schalke 2-1. (1:54)

American teenager Matthew Hoppe scored for the third consecutive Bundesliga game but couldn't prevent Schalke 04 from slumping to a 2-1 loss to fellow strugglers FC Cologne.

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Jan Thielmann struck in the third minute of injury time for Cologne to end their five-game run without a win and leave the relegation zone. Schalke remain bottom with seven points at the halfway stage of the season.

The 19-year-old Hoppe grabbed his fifth goal of 2021 in the 57th minute when he nipped in to sweep home the equalizer.

Only two players have reached five Bundesliga goals for Schalke faster than Hoppe's seven appearances: Klaus Matischak (five appearances in 1963) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (six appearances in 2010). Huntelaar is due to join Schalke again after completing a move from Ajax earlier this week.

Hoppe is the third American to score in three consecutive German league games after Eric Wynalda with Saarbrucken in 1992 and Clint Mathis with Hannover in 2004.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 31 +46 71
2 RB Leipzig 31 +30 64
3 VfL Wolfsburg 31 +22 57
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 31 +15 56
5 Borussia Dortmund 31 +24 55
6 Bayer Leverkusen 31 +16 50
7 Borussia Monchengladbach 31 +13 46
8 FC Union Berlin 31 +9 46
9 SC Freiburg 31 -1 41
10 VfB Stuttgart 31 +1 39
11 TSG Hoffenheim 31 -5 36
12 Mainz 31 -16 35
13 FC Augsburg 31 -16 33
14 Hertha Berlin 30 -11 30
15 Werder Bremen 31 -17 30
16 Arminia Bielefeld 31 -28 30
17 FC Cologne 31 -24 29
18 Schalke 04 30 -58 13