European hopefuls Mainz thrash Gladbach in Bundesliga
Mainz have moved closer to gaining a spot in European competition thanks to a rousing 4-0 win over Borussia Monchengladbach.
Ahead of the weekend matches, including a table-topper between leaders Bayern Munich and third-placed Union Berlin on Sunday, Mainz sit seventh - six points behind Eintracht Frankfurt, the first club in the Conference League zone.
Danny da Costa seized the ball from Nico Elvedi on the right and crossed it to Jae-sung Lee, who finished it off with a header to break the deadlock in the 25th minute.
Marcus Ingvartsen doubled the lead for the hosts early in the second half after Gladbach once again failed to keep the ball.
Ludovic Ajorque then scored his first season goal for Mainz in the 72nd and Nelson Weiper netted a stoppage-time effort to complete the scoring.
"It was a fine win today, the third in a row. It feels really good," Mainz sporting director Martin Schmidt told broadcasters DAZN.
"It has to do with a lot of passion and work. It's crazy what the boys are delivering at the moment," he added.
Gladbach, ninth in the table, have other concerns besides the defeat after keeper Jonas Omlin had to be subbed off due to an injury while trying to save Lee's header.
"After a 4-0 in Mainz, you can say whatever you want, but everything feels like s...," a very disappointed Christopher Kramer said.
"Every positive word you can say after you lose a game feels wrong. It makes no sense to talk about it."
Coach Daniel Farke echoed his words: "Not many positive things to say, we have to be critical of ourselves."