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easyCredit Stadion (ATT 50,000) 5th April 2014 - Kick off 14:30 Ref: Tobias Stieler

Nurnberg FC Nurnberg vs Borussia Monchengladbach M'gladbach

Nurnberg 0


M'gladbach 2

J Arango (17)
M Kruse (pen 79)

Gladbach boost CL chances

Last Updated: 05/04/14 5:33pm

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Markus Feulner challenges Alvaro Dominguez

Markus Feulner challenges Alvaro Dominguez

Borussia Monchengladbach boosted their Champions League hopes with a 2-0 victory at relegation-threatened Nurnberg on Saturday.

A first-half strike from Juan Arango and a Max Kruse penalty in the second increased the pressure on Gertjan Verbeek as his side dropped into the bottom three.

Gladbach were in the right mood early on, with Raphael Schafer making a sharp save to deny Patrick Herrmann from 10 yards.

The first goal for the Foals came after 17 minutes when Venezuelan veteran Arango saw his free-kick take a wicked deflection off the Nurnberg wall and wrong-foot goalkeeper Raphael Schafer.

Arango was making his 150th appearance for the club, although he is still to sign a new deal at Gladbach.

After 34 minutes Nurnberg's sought-after Swiss striker Josip Drmic, who was impressing, headed a Hiroshi Kiyotake cross against a post.

Gladbach keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen then quickly gathered Hanno Ballistch's shot from the rebound.

Drmic's sharpness was causing problems for a makeshift Gladbach back four and he headed wide on 41 minutes from Marvin Plattenhardt's delivery.

Nurnburg have relied on Drmic this season and he has responded with 15 goals, but, with the striker drawing a blank on Saturday, offered nothing else to worry the visitors.

As the game became stretched in the second half Gladbach looked increasingly dangerous going forward and were denied by the woodwork on 72 minutes when Raffael set up a perfect chance for Kruse.

The Germany international was on target just three minutes later, though, tucking home the spot-kick after being fouled in the area to keep Gladbach in the hunt for a top-four finish.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 16 42
2 Wolfsburg 16 31
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 16 27
4 Bayer Leverkusen 16 27
5 Schalke 16 26
6 FC Augsburg 16 24
7 Hoffenheim 16 23
8 Hannover 96 16 23
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 16 22
10 Cologne 16 19
11 Mainz 16 18
12 SC Paderborn 07 16 18
13 Hertha Berlin 16 18
14 Hamburg 16 16
15 Stuttgart 16 16
16 Borussia Dortmund 16 15
17 SC Freiburg 16 14
18 Werder Bremen 16 14