Borussia Mönchengladbach maintained their bid for a top-four finish with a 3-1 victory in an entertaining clash against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Coming into this game, Hoffenheim had amassed an impressive 20 points in their ten matches under new coach Julian Nagelsmann, but were up against it from the off at fortress BORUSSIA-PARK. The Foals had won eight of the previous nine at home and did not need long to hit their stride here, as a flowing move ended with Jeremy Toljan putting into his own net with just seven minutes played.
The visitors were struggling to find any rhythm and on the stroke of half-time they fell two goals behind when the outstanding Mahmoud Dahoud finished from close range after an Oliver Baumann parry. Andrej Kramaric reduced the arrears when he converted Kevin Volland’s pass after a mistake by Nico Elvedi, but a similar error by Tobias Strobl allowed Dahoud to release Hahn, with the Germany international rolling in a cool finish to restore the Foals’ two-goal lead.
Yann Sommer then made crucial interventions to deny Volland and Niklas Süle, but Gladbach could just have easily added a fourth through Raffael, Traore and substitute Jonas Hofmann in an engrossing end to proceedings.
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Nordtveit, Wendt – Traore (Johnson 81’), Dahoud, Xhaka (c), Hazard (Herrmann 84’) – Hahn, Raffael (Hofmann 88’)
Coach: Andre Schubert
Hoffenheim: Baumann – Schär, Süle, Strobl – Amiri (Ochs 76’), Toljan, Polanski (c) (Schwegler 62’), Rudy, Volland – Uth (Vargas 67’), Kramaric
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann