Kruse hit either side of the break as Mönchengladbach picked up their first win on the road this season, and inflicted Bert van Marwijk's first defeat as Hamburg coach.
Kruse bears his teeth
The Foals had a great chance to take an early lead when Juan Arango fired across goal, with Kruse failing to get on the end of the South American’s cross.
The former SC Freiburg man made amends midway through the first half, however, capitalising on an under-hit back pass by HSV defender Lasse Sobiech to round Rene Adler and fire into an empty net. Hamburg responded well and could have levelled the score had one of their forwards managed to get a touch to Rafael van der Vaart’s cross-cum-shot in the 37th minute.
At the double
The hosts picked up at the start of the second half where they had left off in the first and almost found an equaliser through van der Vaart’s free-kick, but the Dutchman’s effort cannoned off the crossbar and into touch.
Hakan Calhanoglu then went close, but it was the visitors who managed to double their advantage after 63 minutes. Sobiech lost possession to Raffael near the corner flag and the Brazilian was able to set up Kruse for his second goal of the game and his seventh of the season. Pierre-Michel Lasogga almost pulled a goal back for van Marwijk’s team with a close-range header which bounced back off the post, before Arango’s effort was disallowed for offside.
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