Thorgan Hazard's second-half brace put Borussia Mönchengladbach on the road to three points and local bragging rights against local rivals Fortuna Düsseldorf.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 Fortuna Düsseldorf
Goals: 1-0 Hazard (pen, 48’), 2-0 Hofmann (67’), 3-0 Hazard (82’)
The opening 45 minutes of this Rhine derby saw plenty of attempts on goal, but few managed to test either goalkeeper. Hazard, Alassane Plea and former Fortuna loanee Florian Neuhaus all tried to force an opening for the home side with a number of efforts, but it was Hazard who came closest with a low drive from a wide angle that almost crept under the body of Michael Rensing. At the other end, winger Dodi Lukebakio was Düsseldorf’s most likely outlet on the right flank and had the majority of the visitors’ attempts without ever really testing Yann Sommer.
It took just three minutes for the deadlock to be broken in the second half when Plea’s shot struck Kaan Ayhan on the hand in the area and referee Felix Brych pointed to the spot. Rensing got a strong hand to Hazard’s penalty but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Belgian’s sixth goal of this season. There were further chances for both sides before Jonas Hofmann finished off a swift Borussia counter-attack after Alfredo Morales was dispossessed in midfield. The three points were wrapped up with the third of the game as Hazard’s driven effort found a way under Rensing to move the Belgian level with Paco Alcacer, Sebastien Haller and Luka Jovic at the top of the Bundesliga’s scoring chart.
- Hazard has scored seven goals in his last seven Bundesliga games, including three from the penalty spot. Gladbach have won each of their last eight home league games, and are unbeaten in 10 at their Borussia-Park. The Foals have won eight of their last nine home games against Düsseldorf. The last time Fortuna beat their local rivals in the league was September 1996. Neuhaus has assisted a team-best five goals for Gladbach. Only Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho has more in the league. Fortuna are without an away win in 19 Bundesliga games. Their last victory on the road came back in September 2012, when they beat Greuther Fürth 2-0. Tony Jantschke came on for his 200th Bundesliga appearance.
Gladbach: Sommer (c) – Lang, Ginter, Elvedi (Jantschke 46’), Wendt – Neuhaus, Strobl, Hofmann (Stindl 84’) – Raffael (Johnson 64’), Plea, Hazard
Unused subs: Sippel, Kramer, Traore, Cuisance
Absentees: Villalba (shoulder)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Fortuna: Rensing – Zimmer, Ayhan, Ayhan, Bormuth, Gießelmann – Zimmermann, Morales, Lukebakio – Usami (Lovren 78’) – Ducksch (Karaman 66’), Hennings (c)
Unused subs: Theißen, Kaminski, Bodzek, Nielsen, Stöger
Absentees: Wolf (neck), Contento (knee), Hoffmann (concussion), Fink (Achilles), Sobottka (knee)
Coach: Friedhelm Funkel
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