Berlin (AFP) – A primary-half penalty by French ahead Alassane Plea despatched Borussia Moenchengladbach to the highest of the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin on Friday.
Gladbach, coached by former Norwich supervisor Daniel Farke, have seven factors from three video games.
Nonetheless, their keep on the high will doubtless be transient with champions Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, each with an ideal six factors from two matches thus far, nonetheless to play this weekend.
Plea had already rattled the woodwork within the opening 10 minutes to present Hertha an early warning.
It was Plea who then opened the scoring after 35 minutes, changing a penalty awarded when Maximilian Mittelstad was penalised for dealing with a cross from Lars Stindl.
The aim was robust on Hertha keeper Oliver Christensen who had pulled off a succession of spectacular early saves.
For 29-year-old Plea, it was his first aim of the season.
Hertha’s Dodi Lukebakio and Wilfried Kanga each had photographs on the right track within the opening 45 minutes with out success.
The Berlin facet have been diminished to 10 males within the seventieth minute when Filip Uremovic dealt with the ball within the space and the Croatian centre-half was red-carded.
Nonetheless, as an alternative of Plea, this time Jonas Hofmann stepped as much as take the spotkick which was comfortably saved by Christensen.
Regardless of a second defeat of the Bundesliga season, Hertha at the very least have been relieved to see Marco Richter again within the match-day squad simply 5 weeks after being handled for testicular most cancers.
Dortmund, who have been in second place at the beginning of this third spherical of matches, face Werder Bremen on Saturday.
Bayern Munich go to Bochum on Sunday.