BERLIN (AFP) – Borussia Moenchengladbach stayed within four points of Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich on Sunday with a 3-1 win against Hoffenheim that saw them equal the club record for their longest unbeaten start to a season.
Gladbach have not lost any of their opening 17 matches this season to match the club’s record-breaking start to the 1970/71 campaign.
Left winger Patrick Herrmann was the star at the Borussia Park as he set up the first goal for opposite winger Andre Hahn, then netted twice either side of half-time.
After Hahn had put the hosts ahead, Hoffenheim’s French striker Anthony Modeste equalised with 30 minutes gone when he powered past Gladbach defender Martin Stranzl to fire home.
But Herrmann converted a Hahn cross just two minutes later, then tapped in the rebound after Havard Nordtveit’s free-kick was parried with 52 minutes gone.
Gladbach coach Lucien Favre celebrated his 57th birthday with the win which equalled a record set more than 40 years ago at the start of the club’s heyday.
Hoffenheim are fourth after their first defeat of the campaign.
Borussia finish the weekend third in the table on 20 points, behind VfL Wolfsburg on goal difference, and Favre admitted his frustration at not winning by a wider margin.
“We fought until the end for that fourth goal, we’re not scoring enough goals from our chances,” said Favre, for whom the crowd sang ‘Happy Birthday’ just before the final whistle.
“We must work on that.”
But the Swiss appeared a little shy when asked if he was responsible for equalling the club’s record.