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Youngster Volland fires up Hoffenheim

Germany Under-21 star hits fourth of the season in win over Moenchengladbach

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Berlin: Germany Under-21 captain Kevin Volland hit his fourth goal in as many Bundesliga games with the winner in Hoffenheim’s 2-1 home victory over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday.

Having scored in each of his last four league matches, Volland’s strike lifted his team to seventh in front of Germany assistant coach Hansi Flick at Hoffenheim’s Rhein-Neckar Arena.

Striker Anthony Modeste gave Hoffenheim the lead just before the break, then provided a superb through ball for Volland to pounce on, turn the defence and hit the bottom right-hand corner.

“It was a great pass from Anthony, things are going well for me, I worked hard in pre-season which gave me confidence,” said the Germany Under-21 skipper.

“I just want to have a good season with Hoffenheim and anything else would just be a bonus,” he added when asked about a possible call-up to Joachim Loew’s senior Germany side.

Gladbach pulled a goal back when Swedish striker Branimir Hrgota powered through the Hoffenheim defence 15 minutes from time, but the defeat left Lucien Favre’s side in mid-table.

Later, bottom side Eintracht Braunschweig picked up their first point of the season after four defeats with a 1-1 draw at Nuremberg, with the hosts also in the bottom three.