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2017/2018 German Bundesliga
  • Raffael (57', 74' PEN)

Raffael brace helps Gladbach snap skid with win over Stuttgart

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Brazilian Raffael's second-half brace earned Borussia Monchengladbach a 2-0 victory over Stuttgart and their first win in four games.

Gladbach had not won since beating Cologne in their opening Bundesliga fixture, drawing two and losing the other since, but two goals in the space of 17 minutes got them back on track.

Following a quiet opening half Raffael broke the deadlock in the 57th minute after playing the ball out wide right to Nico Elvedi before breaking into the box and guiding a volley into the far corner.

The hosts then had a penalty to wrap it up when Dennis Aogo foolishly pulled down Thorgan Hazard from a free-kick, with Raffael sending goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler the wrong way from the spot.

Stuttgart had opportunities to claim a consolation but Tobias Sippel's stoppage-time save from Andreas Beck, who had earlier blazed over a good chance, preserved Gladbach's clean sheet.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 11 +19 26
2 RB Leipzig 11 +5 22
3 Borussia Dortmund 12 +13 20
4 Schalke 04 11 +4 20
5 TSG Hoffenheim 11 +6 19
6 Hannover 96 11 +4 18
7 Eintracht Frankfurt 11 +2 18
8 Borussia Monchengladbach 11 -2 18
9 Bayer Leverkusen 11 +7 16
10 FC Augsburg 11 +5 16
11 VfB Stuttgart 12 -3 16
12 Hertha Berlin 11 -1 14
13 Mainz 11 -5 12
14 VfL Wolfsburg 11 -3 11
15 Hamburg SV 11 -8 10
16 SC Freiburg 11 -15 8
17 Werder Bremen 11 -10 5
18 FC Cologne 11 -18 2

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