Borussia Mönchengladbach had Thorgan Hazard to thank after the Belgium international masterminded a classy comeback win over Hannover at Borussia-Park on Sunday.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-1 Hannover
Goals: 0-1 Wood (1’), 1-1 Hazard (7’), 2-1 Lang (44’), 3-1 Stindl (58’), 4-1 Zakaria (77’)
Hannover took the lead inside 22 seconds as Bobby Wood met Niclas Füllkrug’s pass to bring up the fastest goal of the 2018/19 Bundesliga season, but Gladbach weren’t behind for long. Hazard finished off a devastating attack to level the scores in the seventh minute, the Belgium international moving onto eight Bundesliga goals for the campaign. Despite losing defender Matthias Ginter to a nasty head injury, Gladbach went in at the interval in front courtesy of Michael Lang’s cool finish past Michael Esser late in the half.
Hannover were left with a mountain to climb when former captain Lars Stindl added a third for Gladbach just shy of the hour-mark. Hazard was again involved, teeing up his skipper for a sensational first-time effort that left Esser with no chance in the visiting goal. Alassane Plea almost got in on the act, before his 75th-minute replacement, Denis Zakaria, collected the ball from Tobias Strobl and curled in a sublime fourth. The result sends Gladbach back up to second, to within four points of leaders Borussia Dortmund.
- Gladbach are the only team in this season's Bundesliga with a 100 per cent home record.Hazard has scored eight goals in his last nine Bundesliga games.Lang scored his first Bundesliga goal. It was the Gladbach defender’s third shot on goal in the Bundesliga.Stindl’s goal was Gladbach’s 29th of the season. The last time the Foals scored so many after 12 matches was in 1984/85.Gladbach have scored at least once in their last 18 Bundesliga matches.Hannover substitute Genki Haraguchi made his 100th Bundesliga appearance.
Gladbach: Sommer – Lang, Ginter (Jantschke 40’), Elvedi, Wendt – Neuhaus, Strobl, Hofmann – Stindl (Raffael 81’) (c), Plea (Zakaria 75’), Hazard
Unused subs: Sippel, Herrmann, Traore, Benes
Absentees: Doucoure (thigh), Kramer (ankle), Traore (groin), Villalba (shoulder)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Hannover: Esser – Elez, Anton (c), Ostrzolek - Korb, Bakalorz, Maina (Weydandt 71’), Fossum (Wimmer 64’) – Sarenren Bazee (Haraguchi 45+3’), Füllkrug, Wood
Unused subs: Tschauner, Albornoz, Sorg, Muslija
Absentees: Asano (thigh), Felipe (muscular), Hübers, Prib (both knee)
Coach: Andre Breitenreiter
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