November 4, 2018 / 4:56 PM / 14 days ago

Hazard double sends Gladbach into second place

Soccer Football - Bundesliga - Borussia Moenchengladbach v Fortuna Duesseldorf - Borussia-Park, Moenchengladbach, Germany - November 4, 2018 Borussia Monchengladbach's Thorgan Hazard scores their third goal REUTERS/Leon Kuegeler

BERLIN (Reuters) - Thorgan Hazard scored twice to give Borussia Moenchengladbach a 3-0 victory over lowly Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday, sending them second in the Bundesliga.

Hazard’s 48th-minute penalty put the hosts ahead and Jonas Hoffman scored from close range after Gladbach pounced on a Dusseldorf defensive error in the 67th.

The Belgium international then grabbed his second goal of the afternoon with eight minutes remaining with a deflected shot from 12 metres to take his tally to seven goals from the last seven Bundesliga matches.

It was the hosts’ eighth successive home win in the Bundesliga, in a run stretching back to last season, and lifted them to second place, level on points with third-placed Bayern Munich, who drew at home against Freiburg on Saturday.

Fortuna are in 17th place on five points while Borussia Dortmund are top on 24 points following a 1-0 win over VfL Wolfsburg on Saturday.

Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Toby Davis

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