Led by record buying Alassane Plea, Borussia Mönchengladbach celebrated their sixth home win in a row and increased the worries of cup winner Eintracht Frankfurt. The foals won a cheerful encounter deservedly with 3:1 (0:0) and kept up with the top group. The harmless guests, on the other hand, are as badly off after five match days as they were last in the 2010/2011 relegation season.
Plea (56th), Thorgan Hazard (65th) and Nico Elvedi (85th), fetched from Nice for 23 million euros, scored for Borussia, who has been unbeaten in front of her own audience since 18 February. At that time Gladbach had more than the current ten points on his account, most recently in the 1976/1977 championship season. Frankfurt only scored the following goal with World Cup hero Ante Rebic (74th) and dropped back with only four points after a disappointing performance. “Three points, one victory, that’s good for the head after the defeat at Hertha,” said goal scorer Hazard at Sky, “it was deserved. We controlled the game.”
Ante Rebic Honours
- DFB-Pokal: 2017–18
- FIFA World Cup runner-up: 2018
- Croatian Football Hope of the Year: 2013
In Borussia Park, the 41,257 spectators first needed strong nerves: Under the motto “We don’t care about your matchday dismemberment”, many Gladbach fans joined the protest against DFL and DFB and let 20 minutes long whistles shrill. The performance deserved a lot of applause. The Borussia started briskly, disturbed the guests early and also had the first chance through Matthias Ginter (13th).
There was not much of harmony to be seen in this phase. Goal scorer Sebastien Haller was on the losing side in the storm spearhead, vice world champion Ante Rebic only sat on the bench. The Hecking eleven already had six corner shots after 25 minutes, but did not capitalise on their superiority. Plea and Ginter also lost again within a few seconds (18th).
Up to the break the Hessians came somewhat better into the match and by Haller also to a header goal, the Frenchman stood however clearly in the offside (35.). The more dangerous team remained Borussia, who caused danger especially with crosses again and again. Florian Neuhaus (41.), who had returned to the starting eleven like world champions Christoph Kramer and Patrick Herrmann, also failed at Trapp as did Ginter (42.).
After the change of sides, the old picture was there: Gladbach let the ball run and made the game wide, but missed his first chances lightly. Plea finally released the foals, when he hit the ball from a sharp angle under the crossbar after Florian Neuhaus had done the hacking. For the Frenchman it was already the third goal of the season. Maxiplay Bonus can double your deposit of up to with the matching bonus of 200% you can use to play any casino game.
Frankfurt now completely lost its order and offered Borussia plenty of space. The penalty follows on the foot. Again it was Neuhaus who kept the overview and served Hazard. The World Cup participant from Belgium hesitated briefly and then hit with a flat shot into the long corner. The substitute Rebic provided after a mistake in the Gladbacher defense with his first goal of the season once again for tension. But Elvedi headed to the corner of Hazard made everything clear for the home side.