KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Fabian Johnson and Borussia Mönchengladbach thrashed Hertha Berlin to extend their winning streak, while Alfredo Morales came of the bench as Ingolstadt shared the points with Schalke 04.
Hertha Berlin 1 - 4 Borussia Mönchengladbach
The Foals pushed their winning streak to six games as they bagged three points on the road at the Olympic Stadium.
There can be no argument that Borussia Mönchengladbach are the hottest team right now in the Bundesliga after their disastrous start to the season saw them loss five games in a row before making the change in coaches. Now sitting in the top half of the standings it seems like any talk of a crisis is firmly averted.
Johnson, who has been playing extremely in recent games, was once again in the starting lineup for the visitors, playing on the left wing. John Brooks was among the substitutes for Hertha, but saw no action in his team's defeat.
Oscar Wendt gave Mönchengladbach the lead in the 26th minute as he blasted a shot past Rune Jarstein. Johnson had collected the ball in the penalty area, but could not control. However, it fell to the Swedish international who finished his opportunity well.
Their next goal came two minutes later when Raffael ran at the Hertha defense, took a lucky rebound off a defender and fired his shot past a helpless Jarstein.
Mönchengladbach maintained their momentum in the second half and were rewarded a penalty when Ibrahima Traore was brought down in the area by Sebastian Langkamp. Granite Xhaka would convert the penalty in the 54th minute to make it 3-0.
The visitors could not maintain their shutout as substitute Thorgan Hazard brought Alexander Baumjohann down in the area which lead to forward converting his own penalty in the 82nd minute.
Mönchengladbach would score a fourth in stoppage time through Harvard Nordveit after some great passing between Traore and Marvin Schulz.
The win sees Mönchengladbach move up to fifth place in the standings, while Hertha Berlin fall to sixth.
Schalke 04 1 - 1 Ingolstadt
A lackluster performance by the Royal Blues in the first half saw them only scrape to a tie with newly-promoted Ingolstadt at the Arena AufSchalke.
Morales was a second half substitute for the Die Schnazer, seeing 11 minutes of action.
The visitors took the lead five minutes before halftime when Tobias Levels took a shot from the outside of his right foot and put it past Ralf Fahrmann. This led to a chorus of boos from the Schalke fans as their team headed to locker room to assess their performance.
The home side were much more improved in the second half a found the equalizer in the 77th minute. Leroy Sane headed in a cross from Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting to save a point for Schalke.
Ingolstadt remain in eighth place in the standings.
Tim Chandler did not dress as Eintracht Frankfurt held Bayern Munich to 0-0 tie.
Aron Johannsson remained on the injured list for Werder Breme as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund. It is unknown as to when the forward will return to action after he underwent hip surgery.
Shawn Barry was in the starting lineup as FSV Frankfurt settled for a 1-1 tie against Paderborn.
Andrew Wooten was a second half substitute in Sandhausen's 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig.
Caleb Stanko was spectator on the bench in Freiburg's 2-2 tie against Eintracht Braunschweig.
Bobby Wood saw 74 minutes of action as Union Berlin beat Heidenheim 2-0.