Borussia Monchengladbach have moved to third in the Bundesliga standings after a comfortable 4-1 win against Union Berlin on Sunday.
Gladbach dropped points in their last two matches, a 3-1 home loss in the first week that was quickly followed by a 0-0 draw against Werder Bremen.
Florian Neuhaus scored the first in the 17th minute before Marcus Thuram grabbed a brace, the first five minutes before the break, and the second on the hour-mark after Sebastian Andersson had pulled one back for the visitors.
Alassane Plea, who assisted Thuram's second goal, then scored the fourth on the 81st minute to wrap up a perfect win.
The highlight of the match was 22-year-old Thuram's thoughtful celebration in support of the ongoing USA protests following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd.
The youngster took a knee in his celebration;
Powerful moment here at Borussia-Park as Marcus Thuram takes the knee after scoring.@borussia_en are now two nil up just before the break.— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) May 31, 2020
Watch live now on HD11 📺#beINBundesliga #BMGFCU pic.twitter.com/PZQ4pBs2GP
Elsewhere, the returning Jadon Sancho inspired Borussia Dortmund to a 6-1 win away to Paderborn.
Dortmund expectedly bounced back from their damaging 1-0 loss to league leaders Bayern Munich in midweek, even though there were scary moments during the match especially after the hosts pulled one back to set the scores at 2-1 with 20 minutes to go.
After a slow first half, the match jolted to life in the second half with the Yellow and Black getting their first goal in the 54th minute.
Sancho then doubled their lead three minutes later thanks to a Thorgan Hazard assist, but the visitors scored from the spot on the 71st-minute through Uwe Hunemeier.
The visitors then restored their two-goal lead two minutes later, this time Hazard turning provider.
They were not done though as three goals in the last five minutes gave them a flattering win, with Sancho completing his hattrick in the 91st minute.
Ashraf Hakimi and Marcel Schmelzer scored the other two goals for the boys in Yellow.
The win saw Dortmund keep pace with league leaders Bayern Munich, who hold a seven-point advantage.
- Paderborn 1-6 Dortmund
- B. Monchengladbach 4-1 Union Berlin
- Bayern Munich 5-0 Dusseldorf
- Hertha Berlin 2-0 Augsburg
- Mainz 0-1 Hoffenheim
- Schalke 0-1 Werder Bremen
- Wolfsburg 1-2 Eintracht Frankfurt
- Freiburg 0-1 Bayer Leverkusen
Bayern Munich continues leading the standings on 67 points, seven points ahead of Borussia Dortmund in second.
Borussia Monchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen are tied on 56 points, with the former in third thanks to a superior goal difference.