A comfortable 4-1 victory away to Hertha Berlin gave Borussia Mönchengladbach their sixth consecutive Bundesliga win under caretaker head coach Andre Schubert.
Hertha started brightly as Salomon Kalou forced a smart reaction save out of Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer, but it did not take long for the visitors to find their feet. Fabian Johnson collected a raking pass from Foals captain Granit Xhaka, forcing Hertha goalkeeper Rene Jarstein out of position before squaring for Oscar Wendt. The Sweden international still had it all to do, but somehow managed to find the top corner despite the best efforts of the Hertha defence. Raffael added a second, the Brazilian capping a driving run with his fifth Bundesliga goal of the season, albeit with the aid of a deflection.
Hertha might well have reduced the arrears were it not for another fine Sommer save from Kalou, the Ivorian making way shortly before half time following a clash with Havard Nordtveit. The Old Lady’s afternoon went from bad to worse in the 54th minute when Sebastian Langkamp brought down Ibrahima Traore in the box and Xhaka dispatched the ensuing penalty. Hertha found a second wind late on as Alexander Baumjohann pulled one back from the penalty spot and fired narrowly wide with five minutes remaining, but Gladbach had the final say, with Nordtveit capping a flowing team move with a fine finish in injury time.
Man of the match
Traore was a real thorn the Hertha side all afternoon, the Guinea international’s lung-busting runs from midfield simply too much to contend with for Langkamp and Co.
Gladbach were bottom of the table when Schubert stepped into the breach on 21 September, but are now up to fourth, scoring 21 goals in the process.
- Wendt is Gladbach's 11th different goalscorer this season: a league high.
- Gladbach have won all seven games in which Wendt has scored.
- Raffael has scored five times in his last five Bundesliga appearances.
- It was Hertha's first home defeat of the season.
Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, Langkamp, Lustenberger, Plattenhardt - Skjelbred, Darida - Haraguchi, Cigerci (Ronny 62’), Stocker (Regäsel 79’) - Kalou (Baumjohann 46’)
Gladbach: Sommer - Nordtveit, Dominguez, A. Christensen, Wendt - Dahoud (Schulz 71’), G. Xhaka - Traore, F. Johnson - Stindl (Hrgota 89'), Raffael (Hazard 75’)