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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 Dortmund 21 +31 50
2 Bayern Munich 22 +24 48
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 22 +20 43
4 RB Leipzig 22 +22 41
5 Bayer Leverkusen 22 +7 36
6 VfL Wolfsburg 22 +5 35
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 22 +13 34
8 TSG Hoffenheim 22 +12 33
9 Hertha Berlin 22 +3 32
10 Werder Bremen 22 +4 31
11 Mainz 22 -13 27
12 Fortuna Düsseldorf 22 -16 25
13 SC Freiburg 22 -8 24
14 Schalke 04 22 -7 23
15 FC Augsburg 22 -9 18
16 VfB Stuttgart 22 -32 15
17 Hannover 96 22 -27 14
18 Nurnberg 21 -29 12