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2018/19 German Bundesliga
  • Thorgan Hazard (7')
  • Michael Lang (44')
  • Lars Stindl (58')
  • Denis Zakaria (77')
  • Bobby Wood (1')

Gladbach beat Hanover 4-1 to tighten grip on second place

BERLIN, Nov 25 (Reuters) - Borussia Moenchengladbach cruised to a 4-1 win over Hanover 96 on Sunday thanks to their prolific attack as they secured a fifth win in the last six matches to tighten their hold on second place in the Bundesliga. First half goals by Thorgan Hazard and Michael Lang cancelled out Bobby Wood's shock lead for Hanover after 22 seconds.

Captain Lars Stindl scored against his former club in the 58th to give the hosts a two-goal cushion as they remained unbeaten at home this season.

Substitute Denis Zakaria slotted in their fourth goal in the 77th two minutes, with Gladbach attacking at will and their speed wreaking havoc in the Hanover defence.

They have now scored 30 goals from 12 matches, second only to leaders Borussia Dortmund's 35.

Gladbach are on 26 points, four behind Dortmund, who beat Mainz 05 2-1 away on Saturday. Champions Bayern Munich are in fifth on 21 after they were held to a shock 3-3 home draw against promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Ken Ferris)

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Borussia Monchengladbach 11 +13 25
2 RB Leipzig 11 +17 21
3 Bayern Munich 11 +13 21
4 SC Freiburg 11 +8 21
5 TSG Hoffenheim 11 +2 20
6 Borussia Dortmund 11 +8 19
7 Schalke 04 11 +6 19
8 Bayer Leverkusen 11 +2 18
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 11 +5 17
10 VfL Wolfsburg 11 +1 17
11 FC Union Berlin 11 -4 13
12 Hertha Berlin 11 -4 11
13 Fortuna Düsseldorf 11 -4 11
14 Werder Bremen 11 -6 11
15 FC Augsburg 11 -11 10
16 Mainz 11 -18 9
17 FC Cologne 11 -13 7
18 SC Paderborn 07 11 -15 4