Duda double gives Hertha rare win at Schalke

Monday, September 03, 2018

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BERLIN, Germany (AFP) — Ondrej Duda scored a goal in each half to inspire Hertha Berlin to a 2-0 victory in Gelsenkirchen on yesterday, leaving opponents Schalke with no points from their opening two Bundesliga games.

Having finished second to Bayern Munich last season, Schalke have made the worst possible start to the current campaign.

Their hopes of bouncing back from an opening day defeat to Wolfsburg were dashed by a well-organised Hertha side yesterday, and coach Domenico Tedesco said his players only had themselves to blame.

“Last season is history; we can't rest on our laurels,” Tedesco told Sky.

Tedesco's men should have gone ahead on 13 minutes when Hertha's Marko Grujic conceded a penalty with a clear handball, but Daniel Caligiuri dragged his spot kick wide of the post.

Within minutes Schalke had paid dearly for their missed opportunity, as Hertha surged forward with a long ball and Duda's deflected shot put the Berliners in front.

Schalke's miserable evening was crowned seconds from time when Yevhen Konoplyanka was sent off for bringing down Dennis Jastrzembski in front of goal, and Duda converted the resulting free kick to give Hertha their first away win over Schalke in 14 years.

RB Leipzig are also still searching for their first league win of the season, after they were held to a 1-1 draw by promoted side Fortuna Duesseldorf earlier in the day.

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