The home side had thrashed Bremen in their last match, but found themselves under the cosh in the opening period. Gladbach’s Patrick Herrmann was sent clean trough just five minutes in but scuffed his shot wide, before Mike Hanke failed to convert a Juan Arango cross.
Those proved costly misses, as Maximilian Arnold fired in a shot that deflected off Roel Brouwers for the opener, the 18-year-old’s third in as many games.
Gladbach were unperturbed by the scoreline at the break and it took them just seven minutes of the second half to get back on level terms, as Mlapa kept his cool to finish through Diego Benaglio’s legs. Parity did not last long, however, as Olic ran on to Diego’s neat through ball to fire an angled drive through Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Lucien Favre's men hesitantly began to commit men forward in search of another equaliser, and Hanke shot wide from a good position. The home side simply possessed more quality, however, and scored a delightful third when Olic returned the favour to Diego, who rounded the keeper and slid home to seal an excellent win.
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