2021-22 German Bundesliga
  • Alassane Pléa (12')
  • Jonas Hofmann (40')
  • Danny Blum (86')

Gladbach beat Bochum after midweek demolition of Bayern

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Alassane Plea's header gives Gladbach the lead (0:51)

Borussia Monchengladbach takes a 1-0 lead vs. VfL Bochum on a header by Alassane Plea. (0:51)

Borussia Monchengladbach defeated VfL Bochum 2-1 with goals from Alassane Plea and Jonas Hofmann on Sunday to notch their first league win in three matches, four days after their stunning German Cup victory over Bayern Munich.

Brimming with confidence after their sensational 5-0 second-round win over Bayern in midweek, Gladbach struck twice in the first half to ensure their first league win since Oct. 2 and first over Bochum in the Bundesliga in almost 25 years.

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They moved up to 10th on 14 points.

Plea powered in a header after 12 minutes and Germany international Hofmann doubled the lead five minutes before the break with a fine shot as Gladbach dominated.

The hosts should have added more goals with Plea and Hofmann coming close repeatedly before Bochum staged a rally in the last 10 minutes, cutting the deficit with Danny Blum's superb free kick in the 86th minute and missing another chance in stoppage time.

But they failed to score again and could not deny Gladbach their first Bundesliga victory over Bochum in their last 16 encounters, with their previous win dating back to 1997.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +60 77
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +33 69
3 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +33 64
4 RB Leipzig 34 +35 58
5 1. FC Union Berlin 34 +6 57
6 SC Freiburg 34 +12 55
7 FC Cologne 34 +3 52
8 Mainz 34 +5 46
9 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -2 46
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 -7 45
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 -4 42
12 VfL Wolfsburg 34 -11 42
13 VfL Bochum 34 -14 42
14 FC Augsburg 34 -17 38
15 VfB Stuttgart 34 -18 33
16 Hertha Berlin 34 -34 33
17 Arminia Bielefeld 34 -26 28
18 SpVgg Greuther Furth 34 -54 18