Bundesliga: Hanover humiliate Moenchengladbach

September 21, 2008

BERLIN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Former Germany striker Jan Schlaudraff recovered his scoring touch to help Hanover 96 get their season going at last with a 5-1 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

Schlaudraff and Szabolcs Huszti each struck twice while Mikael Forssell added a late penalty to give Hanover their first win of the season and propel them to 12th place with four points. Moenchengladbach drop to 15th on three points.

VfL Bochum also moved out of the Bundesliga relegation places with a 2-0 win at home to Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday.

Hamburg SV lead the standings with 10 points from four matches after they came from two down to win 3-2 at home to Bayern Leverkusen on Saturday.

Bayern Munich are second on eight points following a 3-0 win away to Cologne, with Schalke 04 and Borussia Dortmund trailing them on goal difference after their frantic 3-3 derby draw.

Hanover had not managed a goal in the opening three matches and it looked like being a familiar story when Huszti had a terrible penalty saved in the 28th minute.

The Hungary midfielder atoned four minutes later, however, when he squeezed a shot past the keeper and in at the near post.

Schlaudraff, who moved to Hanover after a poor season at Bayern Munich cost him his Germany place, scored an eye-catching second, taking Forssell's pass and chipping the keeper.

Huszti made it 3-0 and, after Rob Friend had got one back, Schlaudraff weaved through the defence and drilled the ball in to remind Germany coach Joachim Loew of his considerable talent.