BERLIN — Hertha Berlin continued its winning start to the Bundesliga season with a deserved 2-0 victory over visiting Schalke on Sunday, dealing the visitors their third consecutive defeat.
Mitchell Weiser scored one and set up another for Hertha to make it three wins from three and stay second behind Bayern Munich on goal difference.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting went closest for Schalke in a first half of few chances, while Per Skjelbred and Vladimir Darida tried their luck from distance for the home side.
Benjamin Stambouli was at fault for the opening goal in the 64th, losing the ball to Peter Pekarik on the right wing before Pekarik crossed for Weiser to sweep it to the far corner.
Valentin Stocker doubled the lead 10 minutes later, controlling Weiser’s pass and shooting past Ralf Faehrmann after Skjelbred won the ball from Nabil Bentaleb.
“We twice took a risk and were heavily punished for it,” said Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel, whose side is yet to score in the league this season.
Hertha fans were celebrating in a carnival atmosphere at the Olympiastadion long before the final whistle.
“We’re delighted we have 9 points. But now we have to keep going,” said Weiser, who returns to face former side Bayern in Munich on Wednesday.
Bayern’s goal difference is five better than Hertha’s but the defending champion was made to work hard for its 3-1 home win over Ingolstadt on Saturday, when Borussia Dortmund underlined its title credentials with a 6-0 rout of Darmstadt.
AUGSBURG 1, MAINZ 3
Japan forward Yoshinori Muto scored to seal Mainz’s first Bundesliga win of the season.
Mainz forward Jhon Cordoba opened with a header off a corner in the seventh minute but it was the second half before the home side threatened a response.
Konstantinos Stafylidis finally equalized in the 73rd with a fine strike from outside the penalty area, only for Yunus Malli to restore the visitors’ lead two minutes later with a header from Daniel Brosinski’s cross.
Muto sealed the win with around 10 minutes remaining when he prodded the ball home from close range after Augsburg failed to clear.
Mainz midfielder Jose Rodriguez came on for his Bundesliga debut with five minutes remaining and was sent off with a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Kohr in injury time.
Kohr clutched his left knee and appeared to be in serious pain before he was taken off.