Florian Neuhaus, Marcus Thuram, and Alassane Plea all scored 4-1 at home as Borussia Mönchengladbach beat Union Berlin to remain on top of their qualification trusts in the UEFA Champions League.
Neuhaus almost opened the scoring with an audacious halfway attempt, catching Rafal Gikiewicz off his line, however, the Union goalkeeper scrambled back in the nick of time to tip the shot around the post.
The Gladbach midfielder, in any case, had his goal only a couple of seconds later, sailing past several Berlin defenders over the top of the penalty area.
His shot hit within the post before moving across the line for his fourth of the season. Thuram then multiplied the lead not long before half-time, when Alassane Plea got the far post with a cross from his kindred countryman, covering his ground-breaking header past Gikiewicz.
By and by, Union created one of their party deceives not long after the break when Marcus Ingvartsen thumped down set-piece specialist Christopher Trimmel’s free-kick to head home for top scorer Sebastian Andersson.
Just a couple of moments later, when the French association kicked in again, the two-goal lead was restored, Plea crossing low this time for Thuram to get back his tenth goal of the campaign after Jonas Hofmann had seized Grischa Prömel at the edge of the net.
The plea at that point ventured into the scoring act himself as he adapted well to catch Ramy Bensebaini ‘s cross and steer it past Gikiewicz for Gladbach’s fourth and keep them in the top four.