Gladbach keep up the form
Borussia Monchengladbach took over at the top of the Bundesliga standings thanks to an impressive come-from-behind victory over Wolfsburg.
The visitors took a 12th-minute lead at Borussia-Park when Makoto Hasebe rounded off a fine team move by lashing into the bottom-right corner from the edge of the area. But Monchengladbach were level less than three minutes later when Raul Bobadilla capitalised on a defensive error from Simon Kjaer to set up Marco Reus, and went ahead through a Filip Daems penalty just after the half-hour before Bobadilla nodded home a third on the stroke of half-time. Reus then sealed an emphatic victory by netting a fourth goal midway through the second half.
It had all started promisingly for the Wolves, who handed a debut to new signing Thomas Hitzlsperger, when Christian Trasch set up Hasebe for a neat opener. They were ahead for barely two minutes, though, before Bobadilla robbed Kjaer of possession and set up Reus for a simple finish.
Gladbach were ahead in the 32nd minute when Daems slotted a cool penalty into the bottom-right corner after substitute Michael Schulze had brought down Reus. Mike Hanke should have extended the host`s lead but inexplicably spooned the ball over the bar after good work down the right by Bobadilla.
The home fans did not have to wait too long for the third goal, though, as Bobadilla nodded in from close range after a corner had been flicked on at the near post by Wolfsburg defender Marcel Schafer. Gladbach, who only avoided the drop last term after a relegation play-off, continued in the same vein after the interval, Juan Arango's left-footed volley hitting the left post after a deflection.
The fourth goal arrived in the 67th minute, Reus slotting into the bottom-left corner from 12 yards following Arango's right-wing cross. There was no let-up for the visitors as Thorben Marx fizzed a long-range attempt narrowly wide and then Hanke's snap-shot flew just over.
Shell-shocked Wolfsburg looked to make the scoreline more respectable through Patrick Helmes' volley, but the faintest of touches from Gladbach goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen sent it around the post to maintain the hosts' deservedly healthy margin of victory.