TWO-GOAL IBISEVIC SENT OFF AS HERTHA GO THIRD

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VEDAD IBISEVIC (pix) scored both goals be­fore be­ing sent off in Hertha Ber­lin’s 2-1 come­back win over Mainz to lift his side to third in the Bun­desliga yes­ter­day. Both teams fin­ished with 10 men for the fi­nal quar­ter of an hour as Ibisevic was sent off for re­ceiv­ing his sec­ond yel­low card. His dis­missal came af­ter Mainz’s de­fen­sive mid­fielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin was also sent for an early shower, also for a sec­ond book­ing. “We stayed calm de­spite con­ced­ing the early goal, got our­selves level and then cre­ated the win­ner, so we de­served the win,” said Hertha coach Pal Dar­dai. Hertha climb to third be­hind lead­ers RB Leipzig and sec­ond-placed Bay­ern Mu­nich. Ear­lier, Schalke 04 con­tin­ued their rise as striker Eric Choupo-Mot­ing atoned for a penalty miss by net­ting in their 3-1 come­back win against Darm­stadt. Hav­ing been bot­tom of the ta­ble af­ter los­ing their first five games, the re­sult left Schalke eighth and un­beaten in their last 11 games in all com­pe­ti­tions. “It’s the first time we have turned things around af­ter go­ing be­hind and we haven’t lost for a while now,” Choupo-Mot­ing told Sky.

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