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‘Gladbach rout Hertha to reclaim fourth place

‘Gladbach  rout Hertha to reclaim fourth place

BERLIN: Thorgan Hazard scored twice as Borussia Moenchengl­adbach routed Hertha Berlin 5-0 in the Bundesliga on Sunday to boost their chances of Champions League football next season.

Hazard opened the scoring in the 14th minute following a mistake from Hertha goalkeeper Rune Jarstein.

Andre Hahn scored on the hour, firing into the top left corner to mark his first start since Oct 25, when a brutal challenge from Schalke 04’s Johannes Geis left him with a fractured shine bone and meniscus tear.

‘Gladbach substitute Patrick Herrmann sealed it in the 76th, converting the rebound after Jarstein saved from Hazard, who scored again four minutes later with a deflected shot.

Ibrahima Traore completed the rout from a difficult angle in the 85th as ‘Gladbach moved to 45 points, three behind third-placed Hertha.

In Saturday’s late game, Borussia Dortmund beat Werder Bremen 3-2 to keep pace with leaders Bayern Munich.

Second-placed Dortmund, who face Liverpool in the Europa League next week, rallied with late goals to stay five points behind Bayern (72) with six games left to play.

Published in Dawn, April 4th, 2016

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