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.

Match stats

  • 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.

Line-ups

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

As it happened

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