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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Raffael (57', 74' PEN)

Raffael brace helps Gladbach snap skid with win over Stuttgart

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Brazilian Raffael's second-half brace earned Borussia Monchengladbach a 2-0 victory over Stuttgart and their first win in four games.

Gladbach had not won since beating Cologne in their opening Bundesliga fixture, drawing two and losing the other since, but two goals in the space of 17 minutes got them back on track.

Following a quiet opening half Raffael broke the deadlock in the 57th minute after playing the ball out wide right to Nico Elvedi before breaking into the box and guiding a volley into the far corner.

The hosts then had a penalty to wrap it up when Dennis Aogo foolishly pulled down Thorgan Hazard from a free-kick, with Raffael sending goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler the wrong way from the spot.

Stuttgart had opportunities to claim a consolation but Tobias Sippel's stoppage-time save from Andreas Beck, who had earlier blazed over a good chance, preserved Gladbach's clean sheet.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 26 +41 60
2 Borussia Dortmund 26 +34 60
3 RB Leipzig 26 +24 49
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 26 +14 47
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 26 +21 46
6 Bayer Leverkusen 26 +7 42
7 VfL Wolfsburg 26 +5 42
8 Werder Bremen 26 +8 39
9 TSG Hoffenheim 26 +12 38
10 Hertha Berlin 26 +1 35
11 SC Freiburg 26 -5 31
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 26 -17 31
13 Mainz 26 -18 30
14 FC Augsburg 26 -10 25
15 Schalke 04 26 -17 23
16 VfB Stuttgart 26 -30 20
17 Hannover 96 26 -37 14
18 Nurnberg 26 -33 13