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(From Guardian Unlimited)
It is more blessed to give than to receive. This is always a popular sentiment in Germany at Christmas time, but never before have Bundesliga players taken this mantra so seriously: matchday 16 was a veritable cavalcade of self-sacrifice, with own-goals galore and the ultimate gifted penalty.
Neighbourly love was certainly in the air at the Borusssia Park on Saturday night. Gladbach's 5-3 win over Hannover 96 was a classic cavalier affair - both lines of defences offered less resistance than Monty Python's limbless Black Knight -- but will forever be remembered for an historic feat: the visitors managed to score three own goals in one game, the first time that's happened in the 47 years of Bundesliga.
The Hannover "defender" Karim Haggui was the chief culprit with two strikes at the wrong end. To be fair, the Tunisian could do little about Gladbach's opener: his keeper, Florian Fromlowitz, tried to clear the ball and hit him on the shin. …