Gladbach warmed up next weekend's visit of champions Bayern with an emphatic win at Mainz
Gladbach warmed up next weekend's visit of champions Bayern with an emphatic win at Mainz
Bundesliga

Gladbach pick up big win at Mainz

Mainz - Gladbach returned to winning ways with a rampant 4-2 victory away to a tired-looking Mainz side.

Hero Hrgota

An entertaining first half ended on level terms despite the hosts' overall dominance. Shawn Parker broke the deadlock with a tidy finish from close range, but Gladbach clawed their way back into the game once Juan Arango's free-kick off the post woke them up. Branimir Hrgota held his nerve from the penalty spot, dinking in a cheeky Panenka-style effort for his maiden Bundesliga goal.

The Swede grabbed a second after the restart, before Mike Hanke put some daylight between the sides with a close-range header. Hrgota scored another outrageous goal to complete his hat-trick late on, scooping a lob over the onrushing Heinz Müller after being played through by Hanke.

Andreas Ivanschitz reduced the arrears for the hosts with a penalty in additional time, continuing his perfect record from the spot in the Bundesliga (seven from seven).

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