Hertha Berlin level with Bayern Munich at top of Bundesliga after stunning win

Hertha Berlin inflicted Niko Kovacs first defeat as Bayern manager with goals from Vedad Ibisevic and Ondrej Duda

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Bayern Munich crashed to their first Bundesliga defeat under their new manager, Niko Kovac, as they were beaten 2-0 by Hertha Berlin at the Olympiastadion. First-half goals by Vedad Ibisevic and Ondrej Duda stunned the league leaders as Hertha held off a second-half fightback to move level on points with their opponents.

Bayern, unbeaten in the last 14 games against their hosts, looked to settle quickly but Hertha made a brighter start when Salomon Kalou and Ibisevic combined well before Jrme Boateng cleared the danger.

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Robert Lewandowski was Bayerns most potent threat during the initial flurries and the close attention Hertha afforded him was underlined when Karim Rekik brought him down, before Boateng sent a header wide following a pinpoint James Rodrguez cross.

Franck Ribery then linked well with Lewandowski but the Polish strikers header did not force Thomas Kraft into a save and Bayerns missed chances came back to haunt them when Boateng conceded a 22nd-minute penalty.

The centre-back brought Kalou down inside the box following a brilliant save by Manuel Neuer from an Ibisevic header. The Bosnian forward stepped up to slot the ball calmly home and put his team in front.

Hertha were buoyed by their goal and it could have got worse for Bayern when Niklas Stark was left unmarked inside their box but his header sailed over the bar.

They did not have to wait much longer to double their advantage, though, going 2-0 up a minute before half-time. Kalou found the full-back Valentino Lazaro with a perfectly timed pass and he cut the ball back to Duda, whose first-time shot flew into the roof of the net, leaving Neuer with no chance.

Thomas Mller replaced Arjen Robben early in the second half but, despite greater intensity from the visitors, Hertha maintained their two-goal cushion, frustrating opponents who could only draw 1-1 with Augsburg earlier this week.

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We werent 100% present in the first half, Neuer said after the game. But we were better after the break. If we had scored [one] in the second half, then we could have turned the game around.

Monacos poor start goes on in Ligue 1

Wahbi Khazris double earned Saint-tienne a 2-0 win over Monaco to lift them to second place in Ligue 1 and leave the 2016-17 champions in the relegation zone.

The former Sunderland man broke the deadlock in the 41st minute, controlling Ole Selnaes long pass, turning and firing the ball past Diego Benaglio.

Stphane Ruffier made a superb double save from Adama Traor and Djibril Sidib to preserve the hosts lead before Khazri struck again in the 54th minute. Rmy Cabella fed the Tunisian forward and his quick control and shot from 25 yards took Benaglio by surprise.

Defeat means Monaco are winless in eight matches. And they face a daunting trip to Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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