’Gladbach beats Hoffenheim 3-1 in Bundesliga
BERLIN (AP) — Patrick Herrmann scored two goals and set up another for Borussia Moenchengladbach to underline its strong start to the Bundesliga with a 3-1 win over previously undefeated Hoffenheim on Sunday.
Andre Hahn opened the scoring with a volley from Herrmann’s cutback after a flowing team move in the 12th minute.
Anthony Modeste equalized after a defensive lapse in the 30th, but Hahn returned the earlier favor and crossed for Herrmann to restore ’Gladbach’s lead two minutes later.
Herrmann claimed his second in the 52nd, pouncing on the rebound after Hoffenheim goalkeeper spilled Havard Nordtveit’s free kick.
It could have been worse for Hoffenheim as Raffael also hit the crossbar.
Moenchengladbach equaled the club record of 17 competitive games unbeaten set by the 1970-71 team coached by Hennes Weisweiler.
“Of course I’m satisfied. It was fully deserved. Now we have 20 points. It’s fantastic,” said ’Gladbach coach Lucien Favre, who was celebrated by fans on his 57th birthday. “We’re not going to rest on it though, but keep working hard to be successful in future.”
Favre’s side stayed four points behind leader Bayern Munich, trailing second-placed Wolfsburg on goal difference. Bayern and ’Gladbach are the only remaining unbeaten sides.
Promoted Paderborn moved seventh with a 3-1 win over visiting Hertha Berlin later Sunday.
Marvin Bakalorz put the home side ahead in the 28th, only for Solomon Kalou to equalize with a powerful header under the crossbar from Marcel Ndjeng’s cross in the 41st.
But Elias Kachunga restored Paderborn’s lead with a glancing header to Jens Wemmer’s cross in the 53rd and Alban Meha’s long-range strike secured the win in the 76th.
“It’s fun to see how the whole of Paderborn is still in euphoria,” Paderborn coach Andre Breitenreiter said.
Breitenreiter said the club had learned from Eintracht Braunschweig and Greuther Fuerth, sides which struggled in the Bundesliga after earning promotion in the last couple of seasons.
“We saw that they had trouble scoring goals and so we reinforced the squad accordingly,” Breitenreiter said. “I think that’s paying off now.”
Also Sunday, Vladimir Darida’s 51st-minute penalty was enough for Freiburg to beat Cologne 1-0 for the visitors’ first win of the season.
“I’m not looking at the table. I’m concentrating only on our team. We’ll see at the end of the season if it’s enough,” said Freiburg coach Christian Streich, whose side moved into the relegation playoff place, one point above bottom sides Borussia Dortmund and Werder Bremen.
Only goal difference was keeping Dortmund, the 2011 and 2012 champion, above Bremen after 10 games.