Borussia Mönchengladbach continued their recent resurgence with captain marvel Lars Stindl and Andre Hahn earning them a 2-0 win at Ingolstadt.
Ingolstadt 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Buoyed by his tie-turning hat-trick against Fiorentina in the Europa League on Thursday, Stindl took aim from distance to provide the first shot of a cagey first half, but Martin Hansen was well placed to save. At the other end, Yann Sommer was never tested with the hosts failing to hit the target with their opportunities.
Ingolstadt sharpened their sight for goal in the second half with Sommer making an excellent save to deny Marvin Matip, who went from almost hero to villain as his flick rebounded in off Stindl to put the Foals in front on the hour mark. Ingolstadt had to throw caution to the wind, but Gladbach closed the gaps expertly and added a second in stoppage time with Hahn sealing win number four in their last five Bundesliga games.
Man of the Match
Decisive on Thursday with a hat-trick, Stindl was the difference-maker once again with his seventh goal in as many games for the Foals. Once again, the captain led by example.
With four wins in their last five Bundesliga fixtures, Gladbach are on a revival similar to the one which took them from the bottom of the Bundesliga into the UEFA Champions League last season. The gap to the top six is now down to just six points, making European qualification via the league more than a mirage.
- Josip Drmic made his first start for Gladbach in the Bundesliga this season.Ingolstadt substitute Roger came on for his 50th Bundesliga appearance.With seven Bundesliga goals, Stindl has already matched his haul from the whole of last season.
Ingolstadt: Hansen - Matip (c), Bregerie, Tisserand (72' Kittel) - Hadergjonaj, Cohen, Morales, Suttner - Lezcano, Groß (78' Hinterseer), Jung (46' Roger)
Coach: Maik Walpurgis
Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wendt - Kramer, Strobl (61' Dahoud) - Hofmann, Johnson – Drmic (80' Hahn), Stindl (c)
Coach: Dieter Hecking