Plea hits hat-trick as Glad­bach run riot against Werder Bre­men

Gulf Times Sport - - FOOTBALL -

Alas­sane Plea scored a quick­fire hat-trick for high-fly­ing Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach in yes­ter­day’s 3-1 win at Werder Bre­men to roar to the top of the Bun­desliga scor­ing charts.

The thump­ing vic­tory keeps Glad­bach sec­ond in the ta­ble, a point be­hind lead­ers Borus­sia Dort­mund, who host de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons Bay­ern Mu­nich in a mouth-wa­ter­ing clash at 1730 GMT.

Bay­ern sit third in the ta­ble, four points be­hind Dort­mund and now three be­hind Glad­bach.

Plea ran riot in Bre­men, taking just 13 min­utes to claim his hat­trick to leave him on eight goals in 11 games.

Hosts Bre­men suf­fered their third straight league de­feat to drop fur­ther back in the ti­tle race to sit sev­enth.

“We are just do­ing very well at the mo­ment and will try to keep this run go­ing for as long as pos­si­ble,” said Glad­bach coach Di­eter Heck­ing.

“We can en­joy look­ing at the league ta­ble dur­ing the in­ter­na­tional break, then get ready for our next game.”

Plea, a 23-mil­lion-euro ($26mn) sign­ing from French side Nice, cut in­side Bre­men striker Martin Harnik and play­maker Davy Klaassen and curled the ball into the bot­tom left­hand cor­ner on 39 min­utes for the open­ing goal.

His sec­ond fol­lowed when he fired through the legs of Bre­men mid­fielder Max­i­m­il­ian Eggestein and goal­keeper Jiri Pavlenka three min­utes into the sec­ond half.

Plea wrapped up his hat-trick just four min­utes later when left-back Os­car Wendt picked him out in the area and he fired home from close range.

Ex-Dort­mund mid­fielder Nuri Sahin pulled a goal back for Bre­men, but the hosts’ de­fen­sive frail­ties again saw them tum­ble to de­feat af­ter a 6-2 thump­ing at home to Bayer Lev­erkusen and the 2-1 loss at Mainz.

“In­di­vid­ual mis­takes de­cided the game,” ad­mit­ted Bre­men coach Flo­rian Ko­hfeldt.

Ten-man Hertha Ber­lin, who like Bre­men have seen their ti­tle as­pi­ra­tions fall apart, crashed to a 4-1 de­feat at strug­gling For­tuna Dues­sel­dorf af­ter winger Max­i­m­il­ian Mit­tel­staedt was sent off for two yel­low cards in the first half.

Fol­low­ing Mit­tel­staedt’s dis­missal, For­tuna prof­ited with sec­ond-half goals by Ja­pan striker Takashi Usami, for­ward Rouwen Hen­nings and mid­fielder Ben­ito Ra­man, who net­ted twice, as Dues­sel­dorf picked up their first league win since midSeptem­ber af­ter six straight defeats. How­ever, they re­main sec­ond from bot­tom af­ter VfB Stuttgart also claimed vic­tory as de­fender Timo Baum­gartl and mid­fielder Erik Thommy scored in a 2-0 win at Nurem­berg.

English teenager Reiss Nel­son scored an 84th-minute win­ner as Hof­fen­heim built on their 2-2 draw at Lyon in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week with a 2-1 win at home to Augs­burg.

Moenchenglad­bach’s French for­ward Alas­sane Plea cel­e­brates scor­ing against Werder Bre­men in Bre­men yes­ter­day.

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