Borussia Mönchengladbach moved up to fourth in the Bundesliga standings after a swashbuckling attacking display to record a 4-2 victory away to Hertha Berlin on Saturday evening.
Hertha Berlin 2-4 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goals: 0-1 Stindl (5'), 0-2 Hazard (pen. 14'), 0-3 Raffael (20'), 1-3 Ibisevic (28'), 2-3 Weiser (72'), 2-4 Raffael (77')
Gladbach did not need long to get into their stride and were 3-0 up after just 20 minutes as Hertha were left stunned by Lars Stindl's well-taken opener early on. The visitors twisted the knife shortly afterwards when they were awarded a penalty, which Thorgan Hazard emphatically converted. Raffael's long-range thunderbolt moments later appeared to put the result beyond all doubt, only for Vedad Ibisevic to give the hosts hope with a close-range tap-in.
The match was a more evenly balanced affair after the interval and Mitchell Weiser looked to have set up a gripping when he drilled in a low shot following Marvin Plattenhardt's free-kick. However, Raffael soon prodded in his second of the game to take the wind out of the hosts sails and seal a well-earned victory in a hugely entertaining encounter.
- Stindl has scored eight of his last nine Bundesliga goals away from home.Davie Selke made his Bundesliga starting debut for Hertha in this game, while team-mate Arne Maier was in the first XI for the first time ever in the league.Hazard has scored all three penalties he has taken this season.Hazard has been directly involved in a goal in each of his last nine games – the first time a Gladbach player has achieved that since data collection began in 1992.Gladbach forward Josip Drmic was included in the squad for the first time since 22 April 2017 after recovering from injury.The last time Gladbach sored three goals in the first half was in April 2015 in a 4-1 victory over Hoffenheim.
Hertha: Jarstein - Weiser, Langkamp, Rekik, Plattenhardt – Esswein (Lazaro 61'), Skjelbred - Maier, Selke, Kalou (Mittelstädt 82') - Ibisevic (c)
Absentees: Schieber (knee), Stark (calf), Stocker (knee), Darida (knee), Klinsmann (ligament damage)
Coach: Pal Dardai
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Ginter, Vestergaard, Wendt - Hazard, Zakaria, Kramer, Johnson (Herrmann 74') – Raffael (Grifo 88'), Stindl (c)
Absentees: Benes (broken foot), Hofmann, Strobl (both knee), Traore (light training)
Coach: Dieter Hecking