Berlin, Monchengladbach pick up easy wins

Berlin cruised to a 3-0 victory to inflict Hamburg their second loss in a row while Monchengladbach extended their winning run with a 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg in the 8th round in Bundesliga on Saturday.

Borussia Moenchengladbach's Ibrahima Traore celebrates his goal against VFL Wolfsburg with team mates during their Bundesliga match in Moenchengladbach, on Saturday.   -  Reuters

Berlin cruised to a 3-0 victory to inflict Hamburg their second loss in a row while Monchengladbach extended their winning run with a 2-0 victory over Wolfsburg in the 8th round in Bundesliga on Saturday.

Berlin reaped their fourth victory of the season after beating Hamburg 3-0 thanks to goals from Salomon Kalou and Vedad Ibisevic, who scored a late brace.

The hosts caught a perfect start on home soil as Berlin’s Mitchell Weiser assisted Salomon Kalou, who slotted home from 17 metres into the top left corner in the 15th minute.

Hamburg lacked ideas and were unable to overcome Berlin’s defence. Meanwhile, the hosts sealed the deal in the closing period through Vedad Ibisevic, who scored twice within two minutes.

With the result, Berlin jump to 4th place, for now, while Hamburg slip to the 11th position.

Monchengladbach extended their winning streak to three games under interim coach Ander Schubert. The “Foals” put the game beyond doubt with two second-half goals to inflict the “Wolves” their second loss of the season.

Both teams were unable to build up pressure, thus goal-scoring opportunities remained a rare occurrence in the first half. Things changes after the restart as Monchengladbach picked up the pace to break the deadlock in the 76{+t}{+h} minute through substitute Havard Nordveit, who scored scissor-kick eight minutes after coming on as a substitute.

Monchengladbach gained momentum and doubled their lead three minutes later after Lars Stindl’s through ball allowed Ibrahim Traore to beat Wolfsburg goalkeeper Diego Benaglio into the bottom left corner.

Monchengladbach move up to the 13th place whilst Wolfsburg slip to the 7th position.