England League Two

Bayern wins, Dortmund slips, Hertha soars in Bundesliga

BERLIN (AP) As Bayern Munich's traditional rivals continue to drop points, Hertha Berlin has taken the mantle of challenging the leader with its best ever start in the Bundesliga.

Hertha, which was level with Bayern before the defending champion's comfortable 2-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach in Saturday's late game, is struggling to keep expectations down after a hard-fought 2-1 victory over previously unbeaten Cologne.

"It's a bit much," Hertha striker Vedad Ibisevic said of being called Bayern's challenger. "We're playing well but it's early. We're not Bayern-chasers, that's other teams."