- Gladbach into Champions League group stage.
- Foals thrash Young Boys 9-2 on aggregate.
- Raffael and Hazard score hat-tricks.
Borussia Mönchengladbach will join fellow Bundesliga clubs FC Bayern München, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the group stage of this season's UEFA Champions League after a 6-1 win over BSC Young Boys secured a 9-2 aggregate victory in the play-off round.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 6-1 BSC Young Boys (agg. 9-2)
Already leading 3-1 following last week's first-leg triumph in Bern, Gladbach diligently set about adding to their tally at the ebullient BORUSSIA-PARK. Raffael struck the outside of the post just four minutes in, before releasing Thorgan Hazard to round Young Boys goalkeeper Yvon Mvongo for the first goal of the night.
The second fell on the half-hour mark, with Raffael adding to his first-leg effort after Young Boys had been caught in possession in their own half. The Brazilian struck again moments later, driving home Lars Stindl's superbly weighted right-wing cross from the edge of the 18-yard area.
A string of big saves from Mvongo thwarted Stindl, Hazard and Raffael early in the second half, but the Swiss custodian was powerless to prevent Gladbach's fourth. Substitute Mahmoud Dahoud's audacious back heel started the move, with Raffael ghosting in behind the Young Boys defence and crossing for Hazard to tuck away his second of the night.
Young Boys did manage to pull one goal back through Yoric Ravet, but not before Raffael had completed his hat-trick following some incisive passing involving Dahoud and Hazard. Gladbach's forward play was effortless and a third of the night from Hazard, brilliantly fashioned by Stindl's nonchalant dummy, completed a thoroughly professional and utterly dominant play-off display.
Again 😱😱😱😂😂😂⚽️⚽️⚽️ well done litlle bro ❤️ @HazardThorgan8— Eden hazard (@hazardeden10) 24 August 2016
Man of the match
Sensational at times last week in Bern, Raffael excelled once again in the lone striker role. The veteran Brazilian took all three of his goals brilliantly, but perhaps most encouraging of all is how in tune he appears to be with Gladbach's entire forward line.
A second successive season of Champions League football speaks volumes for the football being played by Gladbach. Very much a learning curve, the Foals finished bottom of their group last season - can they push on and reach the knockout rounds in 2016/17?
- Gladbach scored three goals from four first-half shots on goal.
- Raffael scored four goals over both legs.
- Hazard was directly involved in all six Gladbach goals.
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Jantschke (Korb 72') - Kramer (Dahoud 58'), Strobl (Vestergaard 53') - Herrmann, Stindl (c.), Johnson - Hazard, Raffael
Coach: Andre Schubert
Young Boys: Mvogo - Wüthrich, von Bergen (c.) (Kubo 46'), Rochat - Suttner, Lecjaks - Bertone, Zakaria - Ravet, Sulejmani (Schick 46'), Frey (Duah 69')
Coach: Adolf Hütter
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