Matchday 3 of the Bundesliga campaign saw the Fohlenelf handed their first defeat. Eintracht Frankfurt were 1-0 winners at BORUSSIA-PARK, with Kevin-Prince Boateng’s early goal the difference.
Throughout the 90 minutes, it was Frankfurt who looked the more dangerous side going forward, and they could even have led inside a mere 60 seconds. However, Kevin-Prince Boateng was too eager to force the ball over the line from an offside position, with his late intervention unnecessary. There was to be no flag to save Gladbach in the 13th minute though, as the German-born Ghanaian fired home from inside the box. Thorgan Hazard almost had the Fohlenelf in front moments before, but was denied by Lukas Hradecky in the Eintracht goal, before he then missed the chance to equalise, unable to convert Patrick Herrmann’s cross from a tight angle. Otherwise, the visitors were rarely troubled by Dieter Hecking’s men, something which didn’t change after the break. Crosses rarely found their way past the first man and Hradecky remained somewhat untested, bar a Lars Stindl volley that was supremely tipped away. Frankfurt may have loaded the defence with bodies to see out the result, but Borussia didn’t have the ideas to find a way past them, and ultimately didn’t do enough to earn a point.
Head coach Dieter Hecking selected the same starting XI as in the previous Bundesliga outing. Yann Sommer was in goal as usual, with Nico Elvedi, Matthias Ginter, Jannik Vestergaard and Oscar Wendt forming the defensive line. Christoph Kramer was partnered by Denis Zakaria in the middle, with Patrick Herrmann and Thorgan Hazard on the flanks. Captain Lars Stindl and Raffael were upfront. Julio Villalba was named in the squad for the first time and went on to make his Fohlenelf debut as well. Otherwise, Hecking was without Vincenzo Grifo (knee), Ibrahima Traoré (thigh), Tobias Strobl (ACL), Mamadou Doucouré (match fitness) and Josip Drmic (strength training).