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Sep 17, 2006

Bundesliga: Gimenez double takes Hertha top of table

BERLIN, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Argentine striker Christian Gimenez scored twice to send Hertha Berlin top of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at home to Schalke 04 on Sunday.

Gimenez converted a cross from Kevin-Prince Boateng for the first in the 39th minute and the former Olympique Marseille striker 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 game at the Olympiastadion.

Hertha have eight points from four matches and lead on goal difference from Nuremberg.

Bayern Munich, beaten 2-1 away to Arminia Bielefeld on Saturday, are third on seven points, ahead of Borussia Dortmund, Energie Cottbus and Schalke on goal difference.

Hertha signed Gimenez before the start ahead of the new season as a replacement for the Brazilian Marcelinho.

The 31-year-old got his first goal in a 1-1 draw with Hamburg SV in Hertha's last Bundesliga game and he improved on that performance with a great all-round display on Sunday.

His first was a simple finish after Marko Pantelic had missed an attempted header from Boateng's cross.

The second was even more straightforward, as Yildiray Basturk broke on the counter-attack and played in Pantelic on the left. His cross cut out the goalkeeper and Gimenez tapped into an empty net.

Gimenez should have completed his hat-trick in the 66th minute but a mishit shot allowed Frank Rost to save from five metres.

Eintracht Frankfurt came from behind to win 3-1 at home to Bayer Leverkusen in Sunday's other game.