Argentinian striker Christian Giménez scored twice to send Hertha BSC Berlin top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 home win which heaped more misery on FC Schalke 04, who have suspended German international striker Gerald Asamoah.
Giménez converted a cross from Kevin-Prince Boateng for the first in the 39th minute and the former Olympique de Marseille forward secured the points when he tapped in the second seven minutes after the break. Schalke, who had been eyeing top spot themselves, created little in what was a one-sided contest at the Olympiastadion. Giménez should have completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute but a mishit shot allowed Frank Rost to save from five metres. Hertha now have eight points from four matches and lead on goal difference from 1. FC Nürnberg.
Schalke, meanwhile, are a point behind on seven, after Asamoah was dropped for the game following a recent dispute with coach Mirko Slomka. Asamoah was suspended after he reportedly told team-mates he would be publically criticise Slomka if he was not selected. "We have talked to Gerald about it and he has admitted he made that statement. Such behaviour is absolutely not acceptable and goes against team spirit," said Schalke's general manager Andreas Müller.
In Sunday's other Bundesliga game, Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. Ahmed Madouni gave Leverkusen the lead in the 52nd minute, sweeping into the roof of the net but the home side equalised within three minutes with a header by Japan international Naohiro Takahara. Michael Thurk blasted in from long distance with 20 minutes to go and full-back Patrick Ochs converted at the second attempt in the 84th minute.
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