2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Ramy Bensebaini (20')
  • Patrick Herrmann (22', 59')
  • Ramy Bensebaini (87')
  • Leonardo Bittencourt (90'+3')

Patrick Herrmann double keeps Gladbach top of the table

Patrick Herrmann scored once in either half as Borussia Monchengladbach eased past Werder Bremen 3-1 on Sunday to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Bundesliga.

Gladbach, playing their best season in more than 40 years, struck twice in three minutes with Ramy Bensebaini heading in from close range in the 20th and Herrmann adding another in the 22nd.

The 28-year-old, who has spent his entire career at Gladbach, slotted in his second goal of the afternoon on the hour after keeper Yann Sommer had saved a Bremen penalty.

The Foals, who also hit the woodwork and have now won seven of their last eight matches, were left with 10 men when Bensebaini was sent off with a second booking in the 87th before Leonardo Bittencourt got a stoppage-time goal for the visitors.

Gladbach earlier had Christoph Kramer and Laszlo Benes taken off injured, the latter with what looked like a serious ankle injury.

Gladbach lead the title race on 25 points, with RB Leipzig in second place on 21.

Champions Bayern Munich crushed Borussia Dortmund 4-0 on Saturday to move up to third, also on 21.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 20 +46 49
2 Borussia Dortmund 20 +21 43
3 Bayer Leverkusen 20 +17 35
4 1. FC Union Berlin 20 +4 34
5 SC Freiburg 20 +10 33
6 RB Leipzig 20 +15 31
7 TSG Hoffenheim 20 +9 31
8 FC Cologne 20 -2 29
9 Eintracht Frankfurt 20 0 28
10 Mainz 20 +5 27
11 VfL Bochum 20 -10 24
12 Borussia Monchengladbach 20 -11 22
13 Hertha Berlin 20 -20 22
14 Arminia Bielefeld 20 -6 21
15 VfL Wolfsburg 20 -15 21
16 FC Augsburg 20 -15 19
17 VfB Stuttgart 20 -13 18
18 SpVgg Greuther Furth 20 -35 10