Ivory Coast World Cup defender ARTHUR BOKA hops on the back of ZDRAVKO KUZMANOVIC after the Serbia World Cup midfielder scored the fifth goal in Vfb Stuttgart’s 7-0 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. (Daniel Maurer/DAPD)
Perhaps it was inspired the 3-0 UEFA Europa League win over visiting SC Young Boys Bern from neighboring Switzerland in midweek. Certainly, it was powered by a hat trick from Russia international striker PAVEL POGREBNYAK. Whatever the case, the 7-0 pounding of BORUSSIA MOENCHENGLADBACH by VFB STUTTGART was just what the doctor ordered for the Swabian side.
Despite the resounding defeat of Young Boys Bern in Europe, Vfb Stuttgart came into the match with Borussia Moenchengladbach still searching for domestic points having dropped their first three Bundesliga matches this season.
Vfb Stuttgart coach CHRISTIAN GROSS made just one change to the side that played in Europe this week — Frenchman MATTHIEU DELPIERRE, the club captain, replaced Germany World Cup reserve defender SERDAR TASCI at centerback.
In addition to the three goals from Pogrebnyak, former Bayern Munich reserve team defender GEORG NIEDERMEIER, Serbia World Cup midfielder ZDRAVKO KUZMANOVIC, second half substitute and Romania international striker CIPRIAN MARICA as well as Delpierre all put balls past Borussia Moenchengladbach’s hapless Belgium international goalkeeper LOGAN DAILLY and into the net for Vfb Stuttgart.
Vfb Stuttgart, of course, had scored just two goals in the Bundesliga this term heading into the match.