Summary

  • Kalou hat-trick downs Gladbach.
  • Kramer sees red in first half.
  • Hertha maintain perfect record at home.

Hertha Berlin saw off Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Matchday 10 opener thanks to a hat-trick from Salomon Kalou at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Hertha Berlin 3-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

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Goals: 1-0 Kalou (18'), 2-0 Kalou (33'), 3-0 Kalou (84')

It was a game that started with both sides looking to win the ball and break forward quickly, but the tide soon turned in favour of the home side when Mitchell Weiser’s cross was met by the head of a diving Salomon Kalou. It got worse for Gladbach after half an hour as Patrick Herrmann was forced off after turning his ankle. As USMNT player Fabian Johnson was preparing to come on, Hertha struck once more through Kalou, who reacted fastest to Nico Elvedi’s botched clearance. To rub further salt in the wound of a first half to forget for Mönchengladbach, Christoph Kramer was then sent off for two bookable offences before the break.

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Despite being a man down, Borussia improved in the second half, but it was the hosts who had the first chance after the restart when Ibisevic drew a strong save out of Yann Sommer. The visitors showed good intent going forward as they looked to get back into this game with Johnson twice failing to get the better of Rune Jarstein. The Dane did well to preserve Hertha's two-goal lead by denying both Vestergaard and Lars Stindl before the game was put beyond doubt when Kalou slotted home his third of the evening five minutes from the end to condemn Gladbach to their fourth away defeat of the season.

Mitchell Weiser was a strong contender for Man of the Match against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Man of the Match

Mitchell Weiser put the disappointment of missing out on a Germany call-up behind him with two assists tonight, but it was Salomon Kalou who stole the show. The Ivorian’s three goals were the difference tonight as he scored with all three shots he had on goal.

Talking Point

There was a real contrast in emotions tonight as Hertha bounced back from their defeat last weekend, but Gladbach have struggled once again away from home and questions will be asked about their form. A side with Champions League ambitions, Borussia currently sit in the bottom half of the table and are now without a win or goal in five games.

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Match Stats

  • Salomon Kalou scored his first goal in seven months and multiple goals in a game for the first time in almost a year.
  • Christoph Kramer received his first red card in his 101st Bundesliga appearance.
  • Hertha Berlin maintain their 100 per cent home record this season.

Christoph Kramer receives his marching orders for a second yellow card.

Line-ups

Hertha: Jarstein - Pekarik, Stark, Brooks, Mittelstädt - Skjelbred, Lustenberger (Allan 58') - Weiser, Kalou (Kurt 86'), Haraguchi (Schieber 71') - Ibisevic (c)

Coach: Pal Dardai

Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Vestergaard, Elvedi - Hofmann (Hazard 85'), Strobl (Korb 46'), Kramer, Wendt - Stindl (c) - Herrmann (Johnson 34'), Raffael

Coach: Andre Schubert