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September 19, 2016

The match of the day in Wednesday’s round of Bundesliga action will see the top two lock horns. Bayern Munich is top, unsurprisingly, but who is second? Not Borussia Dortmund, who won 6-0 for the second time in four days, but Hertha Berlin, whose 2-0 win over Schalke kept up its 100 percent record in three games so far this season. 

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Hertha was in Champions League contention last season until the last few weeks, and under the smart management of Pal Dardai, it could be a European contender again this year. His side took advantage of two turnovers to score goals: first when Peter Pekarik dispossessed Benjamin Stambouli and crossed for Mitchell Weiser to score, and then when Nabil Bentaleb, another former Spurs midfielder at Schalke, lost out to Per Skjelbred, to start a move which culminated in Valentin Stocker doubling the lead.

These are tricky times at Schalke, whose new signings – which include Baba Rahmann and Yevhen Konoplyanka on loan, as well as Naldo and Breel Embolo – have not yet produced a goal in its first three league matches. There is still time, although maybe not too much: the only team below pointless Schalke in the table, Werder Bremen, fired coach Viktor Skripnik after losing 4-1 at Borussia Moenchengladbach.  

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