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Hertha Berlin's Fanol Perdedaj and Schalke 04's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (R) head the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against in Gelsenkirchen April 28, 2012. (INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS)
Hertha Berlin's Fanol Perdedaj and Schalke 04's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (R) head the ball during the German first division Bundesliga soccer match against in Gelsenkirchen April 28, 2012. (INA FASSBENDER/REUTERS)

Huntelaar powers Schalke into Champions League Add to ...

Bundesliga leading scorer Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice and Raul was also on target in his last home appearance as Schalke 04 thumped woeful Hertha Berlin 4-0 on Saturday to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Schalke guaranteed third place in the Bundesliga after Borussia Moenchengladbach, the only team who could have overhauled them, were held 0-0 at home by Augsburg on the penultimate day of the season.

Forward Lucas Barrios, left on the bench for most of the season, scored a hat-trick as Borussia Dortmund, crowned champions last week, celebrated with a 5-2 win at relegated Kaiserslautern.

Paraguay forward Barrios, a key figure for Dortmund when they won the title last season, has fallen out of favour with the emergence of Robert Lewandowski this term and was making only his third start of the campaign.

Gladbach guaranteed fourth place and a spot in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League, a remarkable achievement after they were nearly relegated last season.

Augsburg, 15th in the table, made sure of top flight football next season as did Hamburg, the only ever-present team since the Bundesliga was founded in 1963, with a goalless draw at home to Mainz.

Hertha were given a stay of execution when Cologne, two points above them in the relegation playoff spot, were thumped 4-1 at Freiburg.

Hertha and Cologne will now battle to decide who goes straight down and who plays off over two legs against the third-placed side from the second division.

Champions League finalists Bayern Munich, who will finish as runners-up, beat VfB Stuttgart 2-0 with Mario Gomez scoring his 26th league goal of the season, leaving him one behind Huntelaar.

Schalke met little resistance from Hertha and went ahead in the 32nd minute when Joel Matip burst through their midfield and found Huntelaar, who slotted the ball under Thomas Kraft from the edge of the area.

The Dutchman should have added to his tally when he headed against the foot of the post, then shot wide from six metres just after the break.

Raul and Jefferson Farfan also missed chances before Lewis Holtby added the second in the 72nd minute.

Former Real Madrid and Spain forward Raul, who is leaving the club at the end of the season after two years, scrambled in the third at the far post following a corner before Huntelaar slid in to turn in Farfan’s free kick for the fourth.

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