Berlin, Oct 7: Borussia Monchengladbach recorded their fourth straight win and moved to the top of the Bundesliga standings after easing past Augsburg 5-1 in match day seven on Sunday.
The Foals took advantage of poor results for other top teams to lead the table as Patrick Herrmann's brace set them on their way to victory.
Marco Rose's men made a dream start on home soil as Marcus Thuram danced through Augsburg's defense on the left wing before teeing up Denis Zakaria, who made no mistake to tap home the opener from close range with two minutes played.
Monchengladbach's positive start saw them double their lead just six minutes later, when Herrmann rifled home a square pass from Alassane Plea. Struggling Augsburg were unable to respond, and Monchengladbach went 3-0 up in the 13th minute, when Plea and Herrmann exchanged passes before the German international scored his second from close range.
Things went worse for the Fuggerstadter as a moment of madness from goalkeeper Tomas Koubek allowed Plea to poke home into an open goal and give Monchengladbach a 4-0 lead six minutes before the break. After the restart, Monchengladbach were content to sit back and protect their four-goal lead, allowing Augsburg to score a consolation goal through Florian Niederlechner, who slotted home a rebound to make it 4-1 in the 81st minute.
However, Monchengladbach restored their four-goal lead just two minutes later after Breel Embolo converted Herrmann's assist.
With their fifth win from seven Bundesliga matches, Monchengladbach open up a two-point advantage at the top of the table, while Augsburg slip to the 15th position after suffering their second successive defeat.
Elsewhere, Wolfsburg moved up to second after beating newly-promoted Union Berlin 1-0 thanks to a goal from Wout Weghorst, and Werder Bremen left it late to snatch a 2-2 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt with a late equalizer from Milot Rahica. (UNI-XINHUA)