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Borussia-Park (ATT 50,064) 20th September 2013 - Kick off 19:30 Ref: P Gagelmann

M'gladbach Borussia Monchengladbach vs Eintracht Braunschweig E Braunschweig

M'gladbach 4

O Wendt (22)
Raffael (31, 75)
M Kruse (pen 72)


E Braunschweig 1

M Boland (58)

Easy for Borussia Monchengladbach

Last Updated: 20/09/13 10:51pm

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Raffael celebrates on Friday

Raffael celebrates on Friday

Borussia Monchengladbach won their third home game of the season to edge up to fourth in the Bundesliga table with a comfortable 4-1 triumph over Eintracht Braunschweig on Friday night.

Oscar Wendt got Lucien Favre's men on the way to victory in the 22nd minute and Raffael doubled their lead before half-time.

Mirko Boland's first goal of the season gave Braunschweig a glimmer of hope in the second half, but a Max Kruse penalty and a further goal from Raffael sealed victory for the Foals.

It was one-way traffic from the beginning, with visiting goalkeeper Marjan Petkovic aware that he was in for a busy night as early as the ninth minute when he fumbled Juan Arango's cross to the feat of Raffael, who scooped the ball over from close range.

Wendt opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, highlighting deficiencies in the Braunschweig defence as he cut in from the left and sent a shot into the far corner of Petkovic's goal.

Raffael had a goal ruled out for offside, but they did not have to wait too much longer for a second to arrive.

They made it look easy, with Kruse lifting the ball in for the unmarked Raffael, who headed in from five yards out.

Braunschweig reacted well early in the second half with Karim Bellarabi first denied by Marc-Andre ter Stegen before he sent in a cross for Boland to meet near the penalty spot and slide in to score.

Their hopes of a recovery were dashed in the 72nd minute when Marco Caligiuri fouled Arango inside the area and Kruse coolly slotted in the spot-kick.

Four minutes later, Kruse's shot took a deflection which meant Petkovic could only parry the ball out to Raffael, who scored his second and Gladbach's fourth, this time making no mistake from close range.

Havard Nordtveit hit a post in stoppage time, but four goals were enough for the Foals to return to winning ways, inflicting Braunschweig's fifth defeat in six games.

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German Bundesliga

German Bundesliga
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bayern Munich 23 58
2 Wolfsburg 23 50
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 23 40
4 Bayer Leverkusen 23 36
5 Schalke 23 35
6 FC Augsburg 23 35
7 Hoffenheim 23 33
8 Eintracht Frankfurt 23 31
9 Werder Bremen 23 30
10 Borussia Dortmund 23 28
11 Hannover 96 23 27
12 Mainz 23 25
13 Cologne 23 25
14 Hertha Berlin 23 24
15 Hamburg 23 24
16 SC Paderborn 07 23 23
17 SC Freiburg 23 22
18 Stuttgart 23 19