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Borussia-Park (ATT 50,146) 25th August 2012 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: P Sippel

M'gladbach Borussia Monchengladbach vs Hoffenheim Hoffenheim

M'gladbach 2

M Hanke (33)
J Arango (79)


Hoffenheim 1

R Firmino (66)

Gladbach open campaign with victory

Last Updated: 26/08/12 4:59pm

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Granit Xhaka is tackled by Marvin Compper

Granit Xhaka is tackled by Marvin Compper

Juan Arango's set-pieces held the key as Borussia Monchengladbach opened their Bundesliga campaign with a 2-1 win over Hoffenheim.

The Venezuela midfielder delivered the free-kick from which Mike Hanke headed the first-half opener and then curled in the winner direct from another with 11 minutes remaining.

Roberto Firmino had equalised in between times but Hoffenheim were otherwise unable to find a way past home keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Granit Xhaka headed Gladbach's first chance wide of goal and, at the other end, Ter Stegen got a vital touch to Firmino's long-range effort.

Arango was just off target from distance but turned provider in the 33rd minute when Andreas Beck's foul on Xhaka allowed him to deliver a free-kick from the left wing which Hanke nodded home from close range.

Firmino shot straight at Ter Stegen and Sebastian Rudy's drive was off target as Hoffenheim failed to find a first-half leveller.

They pressed early in the second half, with Tobias Weis and Boris Vukcevic off target with ambitious efforts either side of an Eren Derdiyok header which was superbly saved by Ter Stegen.

The Switzerland striker was again denied from close range in the 66th minute after being picked out by Boris Vukcevic's cross, but Firmino followed up to head home the rebound and level the scores.

The hosts soon forged ahead again, though. Visiting keeper Tim Wiese denied Havard Nordtveit before Xhaka again won a free-kick in a dangerous position, Marvin Compper this time the guilty party, and Arango stepped up and found the bottom-right corner.

There was nearly a late third for Gladbach, but Igor De Camargo failed to hit the target with his shot from the edge of the box.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 18 45
2 Wolfsburg 18 37
3 Bayer Leverkusen 17 28
4 Borussia Monchengladbach 17 27
5 Schalke 17 27
6 FC Augsburg 17 27
7 Hoffenheim 17 26
8 Hannover 96 17 24
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 17 23
10 SC Paderborn 07 17 19
11 Cologne 17 19
12 Mainz 17 18
13 Hertha Berlin 17 18
14 Hamburg 17 17
15 Stuttgart 17 17
16 Werder Bremen 17 17
17 Borussia Dortmund 17 15
18 SC Freiburg 17 15