Borussia Moenchengladbach reclaimed second place in the Bundesliga on Sunday with another fine attacking display in a 4-1 rout of Hannover.

Only league leader Borussia Dortmund has scored more goals (35) in 12 rounds so far, as ‘Gladbach took its tally to 30 despite starting on the wrong foot.

Hannover's Bobby Wood, right up, celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the first minute during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Hannover’s Bobby Wood, right up, celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the first minute during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

American forward Bobby Wood scored just seconds into the game for Hannover, staying calm after Niclas Fuellkrug sent the ball on to score his third goal of the season. No outfield Gladbach player had even touched the ball.

But Thorgan Hazard replied minutes later for the home side, finishing with a brilliant strike to the top left corner after some fine buildup play from Lars Stindl, Jonas Hoffmann and Florian Neuhaus.

Moenchengladbach's scorer Denis Zakaria, right, celebrates his side's 4th goal beside Hannover's Bobby Wood, left, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Moenchengladbach’s scorer Denis Zakaria, right, celebrates his side’s 4th goal beside Hannover’s Bobby Wood, left, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

The game was held up late in the half after a collision between Hannover’s Noah Joel Sarenren Bazee and Germany defender Matthias Ginter. After receiving treatment on the field, Ginter was transported off on a stretcher as he held his head.

Sarenren Bazee eventually followed in first-half injury time, shortly after Michael Lang scored his first goal for Gladbach.

Moenchengladbach's scorer Denis Zakaria celebrates his side's 4th goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Moenchengladbach’s scorer Denis Zakaria celebrates his side’s 4th goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Stindl made it 3-1 with a brilliant volley from Hazard’s cross before the hour mark.

Moenchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Moenchengladbach coach Dieter Hecking reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Gladbach substitute Denis Zakaria wrapped it up late with another fine finish.

The home side stayed four points behind Dortmund after the latest round. Defending champion Bayern Munich is a further five points behind after being held 3-3 at home by relegation-threatened Fortuna Duesseldorf on Saturday.

Moenchengladbach's Matthias Ginter is carried from the pitch injured during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Moenchengladbach’s Matthias Ginter is carried from the pitch injured during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

FREIBURG RUES 1,000TH GOAL

Werder Bremen ended its three-game losing run in the league with a 1-1 draw at Freiburg.

Hannover's Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the first minute during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Hannover’s Bobby Wood celebrates after scoring the opening goal in the first minute during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Ludwig Augustinsson scored in injury time for the visitors, taking advantage after Freiburg forward Lucas Hoeler inadvertently set him up after a Bremen corner.

Freiburg's Dominique Heintz, right, and Bremen's Martin Harnik, left, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Freiburg and Werder Bremen in Freiburg, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)
Freiburg’s Dominique Heintz, right, and Bremen’s Martin Harnik, left, challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between SC Freiburg and Werder Bremen in Freiburg, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (Patrick Seeger/dpa via AP)

It was the 1,000th goal conceded by Freiburg in 624 games in the league.

Hoeler had missed chances to seal it for the home side minutes before.

Moenchengladbach's Thorgan Hazard, left, and Hannover's Hendrik Weydandt challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Moenchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard, left, and Hannover’s Hendrik Weydandt challenge for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

Luca Waldschmidt gave the home side a halftime lead with a penalty minutes before the interval.

Bremen remained seventh and Freiburg is 11th after 12 rounds.

Moenchengladbach's Lars Stindl celebrates after scoring his side's third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
Moenchengladbach’s Lars Stindl celebrates after scoring his side’s third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hannover 96 at the Borussia Park in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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Source: The Associated Press

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