Stuttgart slam seven past Gladbach
Pavel Pogrebnyak netted a hat-trick this afternoon as Stuttgart picked up their first Bundesliga points of the season with a comprehensive home victory over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Russian striker Pogrebnyak set the Swabians on their way after just two minutes and defender Georg Niedermeier doubled their advantage after 21 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. The hosts ran riot after the interval with Pogrebnyak bagging two more before Zdravko Kuzmanovic, Matthieu Delpierre and Ciprian Marica also all got in on the act.
Heading into this encounter bottom of the standings having lost their first three games, Christian Gross' side - who clinched their first win of the campaign with a 3-0 Europa League triumph over Young Boys on Thursday - could hardly have got off to a better start.
Mauro Camoranesi's 15-yard shot was parried by Gladbach goalkeeper Logan Bailly but Pogrebnyak was on hand to slot home the rebound. Bailly denied Pogrebnyak a second three minutes later as the hosts pushed to extend their lead. The second goal arrived soon after, when Niedermeier's header found the top-right corner.
The match continued in the same vein after the interval as the hosts took only nine minutes to make it 3-0. Pogrebnyak was again the man on target, slotting home from close range from Camoranesi's corner. Pogrebnyak completed his treble on the hour mark, lashing into Bailly's top-right corner.
There was no let-up for the visitors, who went down 4-0 at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last weekend, as Kuzmanovic drilled a 25-yard blast into the bottom-left corner. Substitute Timo Gebhart then played a short corner to Christian Trasch, who crossed into the area for Delpierre to nod past a bemused Bailly.
Marica - a 73rd-minute substitute - added his name to the scoresheet ten minutes from time, latching onto Daniel Didavi's cross and placing his shot into the bottom-left corner to complete the rout.