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.
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.
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.
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.
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