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Gladbach also wins against VfB Stuttgart thanks to Jonas Hofmann

MWith Jonas Hofmann returning, Borussia Mönchengladbach managed to redeem themselves after three competitive defeats in a row. On Friday evening, coach Daniel Farke’s team won 3-1 (2-1) against VfB Stuttgart thanks to a quick goal from Hofmann in the fourth minute. In front of 53,178 spectators, goalscorer Marcus Thuram (25th) scored again for Borussia. In the fourth minute of stoppage time, Patrick Herrmann, who had just come on for the exhausted Hofmann, scored the final point. With their first win against Stuttgart in almost four years, Borussia jumped to seventh place in the table at the start of the 13th matchday.

“If you win, then everything is more fun,” said Gladbach’s Christoph Kramer on “DAZN”: “With the early goal, the foot became safer, it’s all in the head. We’ve been scolded for the past two weeks, and that didn’t leave the team unaffected.”

The Swabians, for whom Tiago Tomás (35th) was successful, are still waiting for their first away win this year. The team of interim coach Michael Wimmer remains with eleven points in 15th place in relegation trouble. The key to Gladbach’s success was Hofmann’s early lead, which seemed like a liberation. Only 17 days after his shoulder joint fracture when he was eliminated from the DFB Cup against second division club SV Darmstadt, the national player was back in the starting XI and immediately demonstrated his enormous value for Borussia. After assisting Alassane Plea, he dropped the ball into the VfB goal with a dropkick.

The 30-year-old couldn’t have demonstrated more impressively that, despite his injury, he is ready for the World Cup in Qatar in two weeks’ time. Hofmann’s strength only waned as the game went on. With the early deficit, VfB once again showed their sleepiness at the beginning of the games. Hofmann’s goal was the eighth goal conceded in the first quarter of an hour this season – no other Bundesliga team is currently conceding so many goals so early. The Stuttgart performance increase in the game after about half an hour came too late.

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