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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 Borussia Dortmund 15 +26 39
2 Borussia Monchengladbach 15 +17 30
3 Bayern Munich 15 +14 30
4 RB Leipzig 14 +11 25
5 Eintracht Frankfurt 14 +13 23
6 TSG Hoffenheim 15 +9 23
7 Hertha Berlin 15 +1 23
8 VfL Wolfsburg 15 +2 22
9 Werder Bremen 15 0 21
10 Mainz 14 -2 19
11 Bayer Leverkusen 14 -5 18
12 SC Freiburg 15 -5 17
13 Schalke 04 15 -5 15
14 FC Augsburg 15 -3 14
15 VfB Stuttgart 15 -19 14
16 Fortuna Düsseldorf 15 -16 12
17 Nurnberg 15 -21 11
18 Hannover 96 15 -17 10