Gladbach wins and extends advantage at the top of the Bundesliga


Borussia MOnchengladbach player Ramy Bensebaini (25) is congratulated after scoring in the duel against Werder Bremen. Photo Time: AP / Marius Becker / dpa BERLIN

Borussia MOnchengladbach extended his lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 victory yesterday over Werder Bremen, in a game preceded by tributes to goalkeeper Robert Enke on the tenth anniversary of his death.

Players and fans remained standing in honor of Enke, the former Hannover and German who committed suicide exactly a decade ago. The stadium announcer talked about depression and coping mechanisms, before the tribute concluded with loud applause.

Patrick Herrmann scored twice for Gladbach, who placed four points above Leipzig, which is second, before the international break.

The hosts took control of the game with two quick goals in the first half. Ramy Bensebaini jumped to head a free kick Laszlo Benes at 20 minutes for his first Bundesliga goal and Herrmann put the score 2-0 two minutes later when Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka tried to get to the ball before Marcus Thuram, who nodded him forward. Herrmann then raised the ball over the goalkeeper and to the net.

Herrmann sealed the result with his second goal at 59 minutes, but Bensebaini was sent off by a second yellow for a foul on Leonardo Bittencourt and now he will lose the match against the promoted Union Berlin.

Bittencourt scored an excellent goal with the last kick of the game by Bremen.


David Abraham, captain of the Frankfurt Eintracht, was expelled for knocking down Freiburg coach Christian Streich in a Bundesliga match on Sunday that ended amid the chaos and red cards.

Freiburg won 1-0 when the ball left the court in clearing time. Streich let the ball pass while Abraham tried to retrieve it, and the Frankfurt captain hit the rival helmsman with his shoulder in his path. Freiburg players and coaches chased the defender to the court.

Freiburg's assistant coach, Florian Bruns, was cautioned and Vincenzo Grifo, who had previously left the meeting in substitution, received a red card after the VAR detected him attacking Abraham in the wreck.

Freiburg won the match 1-0 thanks to a goal from Nils Petersen at 77 minutes.

Also yesterday, Bayer Leverkusen defeated Wolfsburg 2-0.

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