Summary

  • Gladbach finish fourth; go into Champions League play-offs.
  • Hahn with fifth goal in four games.
  • Hazard also on target in Darmstadt.

Borussia Mönchengladbach cemented fourth place in the final Bundesliga standings thanks to a 2-0 victory away to SV Darmstadt 98.

SV Darmstadt 98 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Goals: 0-1 Hazard (31'), 0-2 Hahn (62')

While Gladbach were virtually assured of staying in fourth ahead of this game, they knew a point would be enough to confirm their place in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers next term. They started strongly and Andre Hahn rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort early on against a typically dogged Darmstadt outfit, before a wonderful moment of skill finally unlocked the home defence.

Jonas Hofmann's dummy from Granit Xhaka's pass just outside the area caught the hosts off guard, allowing Thorgan Hazard to run free on goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska, whom he rounded and slotted into the net. The visitors strengthened their grip on the game when Hahn met Patrick Herrmann's back-post cross with a thumping header after the interval. The Foals never looked like losing control of the encounter and comfortably saw the result over the line.

Thorgan Hazard rounded goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska to put the Foals ahead in the 31st minute.

Man of the match

This was undoubtedly one of Hazard's best games for Gladbach. The young Belgian international scored the vital opening goal to deflate a tough home side, and his overall contribution was excellent too, completing 69 per cent of his passes and making 19 sprints.

Talking point

Gladbach's away form this term has hampered their efforts to finish higher in the table and this was their first triumph on the road since a 4-1 thrashing of Hertha Berlin on Matchday 11.

Match stats

  • Darmstadt's Zaluska made his Bundesliga debut in this match.
  • Hazard netted his fourth goal of the season, all of which have come in 2016.
  • Hahn struck for the sixth time in Gladbach's last seven games.

Andre Schubert's side had not won away from home since Matchday 11 until sealing all three points in Darmstadt.

Line-ups

Darmstadt: Zaluska – Garics, Sulu (c), Caldirola, Holland – Heller (Ivana 88'), Niemeyer, Gondorf, Rausch (Sailer 76') – Vrancic (Kempe 46'), Platte

Coach: Dirk Schuster

Gladbach: Sippel – Elvedi, Christensen, Nordtveit – Traore (Korb 62'), Xhaka (c) (Jantschke 83'), Schulz, Herrmann – Hazard (Brouwers 76'), Hofmann, Hahn

Coach: Andre Schubert