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Germany round-up: Further woe for Mönchengladbach

Published: Sunday 16 February 2003, 21.52CET
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach slipped further into trouble with a home defeat by Hertha BSC Berlin.

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Published: Sunday 16 February 2003, 21.52CET

Germany round-up: Further woe for Mönchengladbach

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach slipped further into trouble with a home defeat by Hertha BSC Berlin.

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach slipped deeper into relegation trouble with a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Hertha BSC Berlin in the 1. Bundesliga.

First-half strikes
The home side could have moved out of the drop zone with a win, but two first-half goals by Brazilian striker Alex Alves put the visitors in complete control and gave Hertha an advantage they never looked like letting slip.

Relegation worries
The result moved Hertha up two places in the table to seventh spot, while Mönchengladbach slipped to second bottom in the standings after FC Energie Cottbus’ 3-0 home win against Hannover 96.

Late goals
Energie began the day in bottom place and both sides struggled for more than an hour to break the deadlock in the Freundschaft stadium. However, three goals in the last 16 minutes from defender Vragel da Silva, midfield player Laurentiu-Aurelian Reghecampf and striker Marko Topic secured a crucial win for the home side, who moved up two places to 16th. Hannover’s afternoon was worsened when German striker Fredi Bobic was dismissed for dissent in the final minute of the match.

Last updated: 18/02/03 10.09CET

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