Berlin: Borussia Moenchengladbach went third in the Bundesliga on Sunday with a comfortable 4-1 win over Union Berlin, who are increasingly facing a fight for top-flight survival.
Florian Neuhaus opened the scoring for the hosts with Gladbach’s 3,000th goal in the Bundesliga and Marcus Thuram doubled the advantage before the break. Union replied through Sebastian Andersson but Thuram and Alassane Plea made the points safe.
Gladbach are third on goal difference but will slip a place should RB Leipzig win away to Cologne on Monday. Promoted Union are 14th and just four points above the bottom three having not won in six.
Later second-placed Borussia Dortmund can move within seven points of leaders Bayern Munich with a win at bottom club Paderborn. Bayern thrashed Fortuna Dusseldorf 5-0 on Saturday.
Gladbach were in control from the start in front of several thousand cardboard cut-out fans in the stadium which was otherwise empty due to the coronavirus epidemic, said a dpa report.
Neuhaus tested visiting keeper Rafal Gikiewicz with an audacious effort from the half-way line but in the 17th minute did make the breakthrough.
Several defenders failed to halt his run across the box and Neuhaus found the net via the base of the post.
“That is naturally a nice number,” Neuhaus said of his landmark goal. “But I am much happier about the win in the battle for the Champions League.”
Union have taken just one point since the restart in the middle of the month and never threatened an equalizer before Thuram’s back-post header.
French forward Thuram, who took a knee in celebrating in support of ongoing anti-racism protests in the United States, completed his brace midway through the second half by converting again from Plea’s cross. And Plea himself got on the score-sheet with a fine finish late on.
Union had cut the deficit moments after the restart through Andersson’s close-range finish from a free kick but rarely looked capable of taking something.
“When we produce so many mistakes then at the end it will be difficult to win a game,” admitted Union coach Urs Fischer.
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