Gladbach win to go top of Bundesliga

Alassane Plea scored a penalty and Jonas Hofmann, who missed, was denied the opportunity to take second when Borussia Mönchengladbach took the lead in the Bundesliga with a 1-0 win over Hertha Berlin.

Gladbach’s one-point lead may not last long, with Borussia Dortmund having a chance to overtake him again on Saturday at home to Werder Bremen.

The Bayern Munich champions are likely to finish the weekend summit if they win in Bochum on Sunday.

Plea slammed his kick behind Oliver Christensen in the 34th minute on Friday after Maximilian Mittelstadt blocked a cross with his arm.

A handball by Filip Uremovic, spotted by the video assistant, gave Gladbach a second penalty in the 70th minute but this time Hofmann pulled on Plea only to see a bad low kick saved by the visiting goalkeeper.

Uremovic was sent off for hand ball, first booked for trying to distract Plea before his penalty.

Hertha remain winless under new manager Sandro Schwarz and, despite the occasional chance from Dodi Lukebakio, cannot complain of a second defeat in three Bundesliga games after dropping out of the German Cup in the first round.

Plea’s deflected shot hitting the crossbar and Marcus Thuram hitting liar Christensen were the clearest chances of the game before Gladbach broke the deadlock.

Kevin-Prince Boateng was short to shoot a cross in the final with the only chance for the 10 men to snatch a dramatic leveling.

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