Soccer-Gladbach beat Hanover 4-1 to tighten grip on second place
Captain Lars Stindl scored against his former club in the 58th to give the hosts a two-goal cushion as they remained unbeaten at home this season.
Substitute Denis Zakaria slotted in their fourth goal in the 77th two minutes, with Gladbach attacking at will and their speed wreaking havoc in the Hanover defence.
They have now scored 30 goals from 12 matches, second only to leaders Borussia Dortmund's 35.
Gladbach are on 26 points, four behind Dortmund, who beat Mainz 05 2-1 away on Saturday. Champions Bayern Munich are in fifth on 21 after they were held to a shock 3-3 home draw against promoted Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday. (Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; editing by Ken Ferris)
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