Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Bundesliga runner-up Wolfsburg 2-0 at home Saturday to cap a remarkable turnaround after its dismal start to the season.
Raffael shrugged off Timm Klose's foul to cross for Havard Nordtveit to break the deadlock in the 76th and Lars Stindl produced a defense-splitting pass for Ibrahima Traore three minutes later, sealing 'Gladbach's third successive win after starting with five straight defeats.
Stindl hit the post in the 11th, five minutes before Wolfsburg had a penalty appeal turned down when Andre Schuerrle went down under light contact from reserve goalkeeper Tobias Sippel. There was a brief flare-up between players before referee Felix Zwayer intervened.
Zwayer handed yellow cards to 'Gladbach's Granit Xhaka and Fabian Johnson as tempers frayed again before the break.
Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking was sent to the stands in the second half as his side slipped to seventh.
Hertha Berlin striker Vedad Ibisevic scored twice in as many minutes to seal a 3-0 win over Hamburger SV.
Solomon Kalou opened the scoring in the 17th, eluding Johan Djourou and firing inside the left post before Ibisevic sealed the result in the 79th.
Salif Sane's 59th-minute header was enough for Hannover to beat Werder Bremen 1-0 for its first win. Celebrating his 37th birthday, Bremen substitute Claudio Pizarro was unable to prevent his side's fifth loss.
Timo Werner equalized in the last minute for Stuttgart to salvage a 2-2 draw at Hoffenheim.
Hoffenheim forward Kevin Volland scored a penalty in the 33rd and then cancelled out Jan Kliment's 64th-minute equalizer with a wonderful chip over the goalkeeper, before Werner headed into the left corner for the draw. Despite the point, injury-hit Stuttgart slipped bottom.
Also, Ingolstadt defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0 for its first home Bundesliga win.
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