Chelsea star Hazard praises younger brother who scores hat-trick to send Gladbach through
PLAY-OFF, SECOND LEG
BORUSSIA M'GLADBACH 6
(Thorgan Hazard 9, 64, 85, Raffael 33, 40, 77)
YOUNG BOYS 1
(Yoric Ravet 79)
● Moenchengladbach win 9-2 on aggregate.
Borussia Moenchengladbach's Thorgan Hazard scored a hat-trick yesterday morning (Singapore time), earning many rave reviews, including that from his older brother, Chelsea star Eden.
Thorgan's treble, and another from Brazilian Raffael, helped the German side ease into the Champions League group stage with a 9-2 aggregate victory over Swiss side Young Boys.
The Bundesliga club, leading 3-1 from the first leg in Berne, never looked in danger of exiting the competition as Thorgan's opener helped them race to a 3-0 lead at the break.
After the break, Thorgan, 23, tapped home Raffael's cross to extend the lead before the latter completed his treble from close range.
An unstoppable free-kick from French forward Yoric Ravet saw the visitors pull one back, but Thorgan had the final say as he turned in a pass from substitute Julian Korb.
Eden, 25, tweeted, "Hazardo" after Thorgan's first goal, then "Hazardo again" and "Again... well done little brother", following his second and third strikes respectively, before ending with a "Thorgan>Eden" tweet, meaning his older brother is greater than him.
Despite the barnstorming performance, Thorgan was quick to credit his teammates.
He said: "After the fantastic experience of last season, we wanted to get involved absolutely in the Champions League.
"Raffael and I shone, but that was only possible because the whole team played well.
"It's not ultimately important who scores, though as attackers, we would definitely like to score."
Thorgan, who spent a season on loan at Chelsea before joining Moenchengladbach permanently, said he would relish an opportunity to line up against his older brother in the Champions League.
However, that is not possible this season due to the Blues' disastrous 2015/16 campaign.
Said Thorgan: "I would have liked to play against Eden in the Champions League. Maybe next season. But, anyway, I am supported by my whole family." - Wire Services.
"I would have liked to play against Eden in the Champions League. Maybe next season. But, anyway, I am supported by my whole family."
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