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The final game of matchday 14 in the Bundesliga saw the Foals handed a 6-0 defeat at home to SC Freiburg, with all six goals coming in the first half.
The Foals were well-beaten in front of just over 10,000 spectators at BORUSSIA-PARK. Maximilian Eggestein opened the scoring for the guests after just 84 seconds, with Kevin Schade doubling the advantage three minutes later. A defensively sub-par Foals side could not stop conceding goals, another four being added by Philipp Lienhart (12’), Nicolas Höfler (19’), Lucas Höler (25’) and Nico Schlotterbeck (37’). The damage was done before half time – the Baden-Württemberg side largely protected their clean sheet in the second half, and Borussia could not create any more notable chances. The game finished 6-0 and the first home defeat of the season was confirmed.
Borussia head coach Adi Hütter made two changes from the side which started the derby against Köln, as Stefan Lainer and Marcus Thuram came in for Patrick Herrmann and Lars Stindl. The back-three in front of Yann Sommer consisted of Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi and Ramy Bensebaini. The wing-backs were Lainer on the right, and Joe Scally on the left. Manu Koné and Denis Zakaria took to central midfield, behind a front-three of Jonas Hofmann, Marcus Thuram and Alassane Plea.
The Foals were without Jordan Beyer (thigh), Tony Jantschke (facial injury) and Mamadou Doucouré (recovery from Achilles).
2’: Worst possible start for the Foals. Schade’s cross is turned in by Maximilian Eggestein from six yards to give Freiburg a 1-0 lead.
5’: Bad to worse for Borussia. Günter’s cross finds Schade in space who heads in. 2-0 to Freiburg.
7’: A first sight of goal for the home side. Plea takes aim from 30 yard but misses to the left of the goal.
9’: Zakaria flicks a Hofmann free kick to the back post. Bensebaini is there but misses from a tight angle.
12’: Third chance for Freiburg, third goal for Freiburg. Grifo fires a free-kick to the near post, and Schlotterbeck gets in the way of Sommer, meaning he can only punch the ball out to Lienhart, who fires home. 3-0 to Freiburg.
19’: Freiburg increase their advantage. A corner from Grifo to the near post is flicked in by Höfler. 4-0 to Freiburg.
25’: SCF score a fifth. Elvedi cannot clear a Schlotterbeck header. Höfler heads the ball back in, and Höler is there to nod home from near the goal-line. 5-0 to Freiburg.
27’: A long ball sees Thuram through, and he lifts the ball over Flekken but past the post. He is taken out in the process but nothing is given.
37’: Freiburg make it a half dozen. Schlotterbeck heads Bensebaini in the air and heads Grifo’s free-kick in. 6-0 to Freiburg.
71’: The first notable effort in the second half as a volley from Höler lands on the roof of the net.
73’: Hofmann hits a cross from Scally first time at the far-post, but can only find the side netting.
Borussia: Sommer – Ginter, Zakaria, Bensebaini – Lainer (29‘ Herrmann), Scally – Koné – Zakaria, Hofmann, Thuram (70’ Stindl) – Plea (29’ Embolo) / Unused subs: Sippel, Kramer, Netz, Bénes, Wolf, Neuhaus
Freiburg: Flekken – Kübler, Lienhart (82’ Gulde), N. Schlotterbeck (82’ K. Schlotterbeck), Günter – M. Eggestein (73’ Haberer), Höfler, Schade (61’ Sallai), Grifo – Höler, Demirovic (73’ Jeong)
Goals: 0-1 Eggestein (2’), 0-2 Schade (5’), 0-3 Lienhart (12’), 0-4 Höfler (19’), 0-5 Höler (25’), 0-6 Schlotterbeck (37’)
Yellow cards: Bensebaini, Koné – Demirovic
Referee: Robert Hartmann (Wangen)