Hertha Berlin continued their perfect start to the new Bundesliga season with a 2-0 win over struggling Schalke at the Olympiastadion on Sunday.
- Hertha Berlin 2 Schalke 0
- Visitors fail to take their chances
- Weiser fires Hertha in front
- Stocker extends hosts’ advantage
- Dardai’s side maintain perfect record
Second-half goals from Mitchell Weiser and Valentin Stocker made it three wins from three for Pal Dardai’s side as they kept pace with Bayern Munich at the top of the standings.
Die Konigsblauen, meanwhile, find themselves second from bottom after suffering a third league defeat in succession, which leaves them without a point.
The visitors created more chances in the capital but rarely tested Rune Jarstein in the Hertha goal. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting did so from range on one occasion after 18 minutes, while Breel Embolo also drew a save out of Jarstein with his strike from distance 14 minutes later.
Weiser had earlier been presented with an opportunity for the hosts from a free-kick, but steered his sixth-minute header wide of the target, while Per Skjelbred and Vladimir Darida failed to work the visiting keeper with their respective efforts in the opening stanza.
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Jarstein pulled off routine saves to deny Benjamin Stambouli and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar early in the second half, but it was the hosts who drew first blood when Weiser powered his shot home from inside the area on 64 minutes, with Peter Pekarik providing the assist.
A second goal for Markus Weinzierl’s men 10 minutes later gave them some breathing space, Weiser this time turning provider as he picked out Stocker inside the box to supply the finish.
Baba Rahman looked to repeat his recent heroics for Schalke with seven minutes left, but his strike from distance sailed over the crossbar as their winless start to the campaign went on.