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The wait for a Bundesliga win of the Eagles continues, Borussia Mönchengladbach won against Eintracht 4-1. Goals by Arango (11'), Wendt (18'), Herman (60'), Raffael (65') and Aigner (15') for SGE.
Sebastian Rode (right) trying to push forward
Armin Veh made one change to the starting line-up compared to Thursday's Europa Leage win against Maccabi - Stefan Aigner replaced Johannes Flum. Borussia Park was nearly sold out (53,000) and covered in heavy rains throughout most of the match.
It was a lively start to the match of a rock solid home team against the Eagles who had collected 8 of their 10 points on the road so far. Both teams came forward straight away but Gladbach were first to convert an early chance. Arango hit a direct free-kick, the ball found its way over the Eintracht wall and into the net, Trapp was left without a chance (11'). It took SGE only four minutes to strike back, Meier found Kadlec in the five yard box who was brought down by BMG keeper ter Stegen but Aigner was quick to react and hit home the rebound - 1-1 (15')!
Still the hosts reinstalled the lead when Wendt came forward towards the left and converted from around 13 meters (18') - it was an entertaining first half but most of the action was down to lack of concenration in the defending lines and probably also the difficult weather conditions. Einracht had a few chances to equalize again, Aigner's short range shot was saved (21') and Meier's effort was called off for an offensive foul (26'). In between the Eagles were somehow lucky as Gladbach was called offside twice with close decisions.
The Eagles were trying hard to get some focus into their game but struggled to gain control. Russ was replaced early on and Flum took over in midfield (39'), still the team seemed to lack the full grip despite creating more shots in the first half than the hosts (5-6 goal attempts). One of them fell to Kadlec who did well to connect with a deflected Jung cross, but ter Stegen was at the end of his header with a fine save (42'). BMG's lead was in a way deserved at the break.
Despite Eintracht getting more of the game after the break it was once again Mönchengladbach who had the better chances, first a Korb attempt went wide right after the restart, later it was a Kruse shot that was very close but also wide (58'). The hosts held back waiting to go forward on counter attacks while SGE failed to create big chances although now on more ball possession. But in the middle of Eintracht's improved composure Borussia scored their third and dampened all spirits once again. Kruse had set up Herrmann who hammered the ball in from the edge of the box (60'). Even worse, six minutes later Raffael sealed the deal for Gladbach scoring from close range after Herrmann had set him up - 4-1 (66').
That was more or less the end of the action. Armin Veh brought on Inui for Barnetta (68') and Lakic for Meier (74') but the new forces did not have a major impact on Entracht's match. After all it was a deserved win for Borussia (third best Bundesliga home team) who moved up into fourth spot of the table while SGE are now ranked 14th. Coming up is the home match against VfL Wolfsburg next Saturday at 15.30 CET. Another chance to get that win in after going five matches without a three pointer. The contrary results in the league and the Europa League are a pattern that surely team, management and fans can do without.