Gladbach seal fourth place with victory over Darmstadt

Borussia Mönchengladbach cemented fourth place in the final Bundesliga standings thanks to a 2-0 victory away to SV Darmstadt 98.

SV Darmstadt 98 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Goals: 0-1 Hazard (31'), 0-2 Hahn (62')

While Gladbach were virtually assured of staying in fourth ahead of this game, they knew a point would be enough to confirm their place in the UEFA Champions League qualifiers next term. They started strongly and Andre Hahn rattled the crossbar with a long-range effort early on against a typically dogged Darmstadt outfit, before a wonderful moment of skill finally unlocked the home defence.

Jonas Hofmann's dummy from Granit Xhaka's pass just outside the area caught the hosts off guard, allowing Thorgan Hazard to run free on goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska, whom he rounded and slotted into the net. The visitors strengthened their grip on the game when Hahn met Patrick Herrmann's back-post cross with a thumping header after the interval. The Foals never looked like losing control of the encounter and comfortably saw the result over the line.

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