Hertha Berlin made the most of their chances to secure a 2-0 victory over FC Schalke 04 at the Olympiastadion on Friday.
- Ibisevic opens the scoring
- Hertha double their lead through Stark’s header
- Off-night for Schalke strikers Huntelaar and Schopf
Hertha Berlin drew first blood in the 42nd minute when Vedad Ibisevic scored from inside the box. The goal came against the run of play after Schalke enjoyed the better of the chances in the first-half.
The home side doubled their lead with a header from Niklas Stark, who got on the end of a cross from Vladimir Darida in the 65th minute.
Both teams started the match tentatively, with striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s attempted assist to Alessandro Schopf being the best opening action sequence in the 11th minute. Schopf mistimed his run into the box, however, and was adjudged to be offside.
The visiting strikers had separate chances in succession before the half-hour mark when Huntelaar’s header was saved by goalkeeper Rune Jarstein and Schopf had his shot blocked in the box.
Hertha Berlin pounced on a napping Schalke defence when Ibisevic unleashed a shot that found the bottom right corner after being set-up by teammate Genki Haraguchi.
Schalke came back in the second half with Dennis Aogo testing Jarstein with a left-footed shot on the edge of the box after latching on to a pass from Younes Belhanda.
Darida provided the perfect cross into the box which found Stark well positioned inside the box to beat his defender to make it 2-0.
Sidney Sam saw his left footed shot from outside the box easily collected by the goalkeeper in the 81st minute before Huntelaar capped off his frustrating night by watching his shot sail over the post.
As a result of their 2-0 win, Hertha extended their lead in third place on the Bundesliga standings, while Schalke remain in fourth.