crushed hosts VfB Stuttgart 3-0 on Sunday to move to within a
point of leaders Bayern Munich and continue their sensational
Former Germany international Mike Hanke's glancing header in
the 31st minute put them on track for their seventh win in the
last nine league games with Marco Reus and Igor de Camargo on
target as well late in the game.
Gladbach, who came through a relegation play-off last season
to stay in the top flight, remain fourth and have 39 points from
19 games after their first win at Stuttgart since 1994.
"The result is a bit deceptive," Hanke told reporters. "We
were not as dominant as in our home games. But we are satisfied
and proud with this win.
"The title is absolutely no issue for us at the moment. We
know where we come from, we are far from a top team. We have a
stable team and we won 3-0 away today."
The hosts were toothless in attack despite the presence of
Bosnian international Vedad Ibisevic, who joined earlier this
week from Hoffenheim.
Gladbach made sure of the points in the last 10 minutes, top
scorer Reus breaking free to fire in his 12th league goal of the
campaign before De Camargo added another in the 84th minute.
In Sunday's other game, Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting scored
twice in Mainz 05's 3-1 win over bottom-placed Freiburg that
lifted them to 12th, three points above the drop zone.
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