Stuttgart and Hertha win away
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Stuttgart, bidding to dislodge last season's Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, got their campaign off to a solid start by winning 3-1 at newly-promoted Borussia Moenchengladbach.

With Bayern held to a 2-2 draw at home to Hamburg the previous day, the stage was set for Armin Veh's side to take advantage and they duly impressed.

Thomas Hitzlsperger, Ciprian Marica and Mario Gomez scored their goals, all before half-time. A Rob Friend effort on the hour mark was scant consolation to Borussia, who have struggled in recent years to revisit the halcyon days of the 1970s.

Veh was delighted by the start to the campaign. "We saw really good football out there today, not least as Gladbach also played in an attacking vein (although) at 3-0 it was essentially all over," he said.

In Sunday's other encounter, Eintracht Frankfurt lost 2-0 at home to Hertha Berlin, who found the target through Raffael and Patrick Ebert either side of the break.