NEWS: 02.03.2018

Borussia held by Bremen fightback

Borussia held by Bremen fightback
There was heavy snowfall in Mönchengladbach on Friday night

The Fohlenelf kicked off matchday 25 in the Bundesliga with a 2-2 draw against Werder Bremen, despite having held a two-goal lead at half time.

52,211 fans all but filled out a very snowy BORUSSIA-PARK and saw an impressive first-half display from the Foals. Denis Zakaria capitalised on a loose touch from Thomas Delaney in just the fifth minute, finding himself one-on-one with the goalkeeper and coolly slotting the ball home to open the scoring. The Swiss midfielder was involved in another successful attack around the half-hour mark, this time with the roles reversed. Zakaria provided the pass and Niklas Moisander inadvertently deflected the ball past Jiri Pavlenka to make it 2-0. Yann Sommer was rarely tested at the other end courtesy of some big blocks, although the Borussia goalkeeper did have to react well to turn a deflected cross wide of his near post.

The game was turned on its head in the second half, however. Delaney made up for his mistake in the early stages, heading home from a corner in acres of space to pull Werder back into contention on 58 minutes. The Foals tried to respond and Raúl Bobadilla looked the biggest threat, but twice he found his maker in Pavlenka. Instead it was Bremen substitute Aron Johannsson who managed to find the back of the net, thundering the ball past Sommer from a matter of yards after being found by Jerome Gondorf with just over ten minutes to play. Gladbach were unable to deliver a response to the equaliser and the difficult conditions added to the unease, as seeing the result out for at least a point even looked under threat. However, the closing stages went by without further clear-cut chances and the spoils were shared.

TEAM NEWS

Dieter Hecking chose the same starting XI for the third match running. Yann Sommer began in goal, Reece Oxford, Matthias Ginter, Jannik Vestergaard and Nico Elvedi made up the back four, Christoph Kramer partnered Denis Zakaria in midfield with Thorgan Hazard and Jonas Hofmann out wide, while Lars Stindl and Raúl Bobadilla led the line.

The coach had to do without eight players due to injury: Raffael (calf problems), László Bénes (thigh strain), Oscar Wendt (partial thigh tear), Fabian Johnson (back problems), Ibrahima Traoré (thigh strain), Tobias Strobl (ACL tear), Mamadou Doucouré (partial thigh tear) and Julio Villalba (torn muscle).