BERLIN (AP) – Borussia MOnchengladbach extended his lead at the top of the Bundesliga with a 3-1 Sunday victory over Werder Bremen, in a game preceded by tributes to goalkeeper Robert Enke on the tenth anniversary of his death.
Players and fans remained standing in honor of Enke, the former goalkeeper from Hannover and Germany who committed suicide exactly a decade ago. The stadium announcer talked about depression and coping mechanisms, before the tribute concluded with loud applause.
Patrick Herrmann scored twice for Gladbach, who placed four points above Leipzig, which is second, before the international break.
The hosts took control of the game with two quick goals in the first half. Ramy Bensebaini jumped to head a free kick Laszlo Benes at 20 minutes for his first Bundesliga goal and Herrmann put the score 2-0 two minutes later when Bremen goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka tried to get to the ball before Marcus Thuram, who nodded him forward. Herrmann then raised the ball over the goalkeeper and to the net.
Herrmann sealed the result with his second goal at 59 minutes, but Bensebaini was sent off by a second yellow for a foul on Leonardo Bittencourt and now he will lose the match against the promoted Union Berlin.
Bittencourt scored an excellent goal with the last kick of the game by Bremen.
Wolfsburg played later with Bayer Leverkusen and Freiburg hosted Eintracht Frankfurt.