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BUNDES LIGA: Ibisevic hits three goals in 21 minutes to humiliate Hertha


Freiburg’s Tommy Bechmann, front, and Moenchengladbach’s Logan Bailly battle for the ball during their Bundesliga match in Freiburg, Germany, on Sunday.


Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic showed last season’s cruciate knee operation is behind him with a first-half hat-trick in the 5-1 humiliation of bottom side Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Lucien Favre’s position as Hertha coach looks increasingly precarious after his side slumped again following last Sunday’s 4-0 hammering at home to Freiburg.

The 25-year-old Ibisevic, the league’s top-scorer going into January’s winter break before his knee injury struck, needed just 21 minutes to wrap up his hat-trick as he marked his first goals in the league this season.

“In the last few games I hadn’t scored, but neither had I played badly,” Ibisevic said after his side’s seventh game of the season. “Today, the goals came back by themselves, I played with a new pair of boots and I am delighted that I scored three goals, really delighted.”

Having smashed home his first shot from 15m out after barely a minute, Ibisevic struck with a header on four minutes and again on 21 minutes as he was twice left virtually unmarked in the Hertha penalty area.

Berlin’s Raffael pulled back a goal with a direct free-kick right on the stroke of halftime, but Hoffenheim’s Nigeria striker Chinedu Obasi then netted in the 58th minute before Carlos Eduardo struck a penalty in the 62nd minute.

The win puts Hoffenheim third behind leaders Hamburg and second-placed Bayer Leverkusen, while Hertha are bottom with just three points from seven games.

Freiburg also secured their third win in four league games when they thrashed Borussia Moenchengladbach 3-0.

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