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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 Bayern Munich 29 +49 67
2 Borussia Dortmund 29 +32 66
3 RB Leipzig 29 +33 58
4 Eintracht Frankfurt 29 +23 52
5 Borussia Monchengladbach 29 +13 51
6 TSG Hoffenheim 29 +21 47
7 Werder Bremen 29 +11 46
8 Bayer Leverkusen 29 +3 45
9 VfL Wolfsburg 29 +3 45
10 Fortuna Düsseldorf 29 -17 37
11 Hertha Berlin 29 -7 35
12 Mainz 29 -16 33
13 SC Freiburg 29 -11 32
14 FC Augsburg 29 -15 28
15 Schalke 04 29 -17 27
16 VfB Stuttgart 29 -34 21
17 Nurnberg 29 -30 18
18 Hannover 96 29 -41 14