NEWS: 04.11.2018

Borussia maintain 100% home record with 3-0 Fortuna win

Borussia maintain 100% home record with 3-0 Fortuna win
Raffael returned to the team after two months on the sidelines.

Borussia ran out 3-0 winners at home to Fortuna Düsseldorf on matchday 10 in the Bundesliga. Thorgan Hazard scored either side of Jonas Hofmann's fifth of the season for Die Fohlen.

Dieter Hecking’s side dominated the first half at BORUSSIA-PARK in front of 54,022 watching fans, pegging the visitors deep in their half. Thorgan Hazard tested Rensing from 20 yards in after eight minutes, but the Fortuna goalkeeper had no trouble tipping the strike over the bar. Alassane Plea twice found himself in a strong position, but was unable to find the target.

After reassuring words from Hecking at the break, the team flew out of the blocks in the second half and the opener followed just three minutes in when Kaan Ayhan was penalised for handball in the box. Thorgan Hazard stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner with too much power for Rensing to keep out, despite getting his hand to the spot kick.

As Fortuna pushed forward in search of an equaliser, space opened up for Die Fohlen to attack on the break. A misguided pass from Ayhan was intercepted by Florian Neuhaus, whose fizzed pass found Jonas Hofmann in the box to slot calmly into the bottom corner (67’). The victory was sealed in the 82nd when Hazard’s edge-of-box effort flew into the net with the help of an Ayhan deflection.

The victory ensured Borussia maintained their 100% home record at home in the Bundesliga this season.

TEAM NEWS

Hecking made three changes to the team that lost to Bayern Leverkusen (5-0) midweek. Tobias Strobl, Raffael and Alassane Plea all returned to the starting XI in place of Christoph Kramer, Lars Stindl and Patrick Herrmann. Michael Lang, Nico Elvedi, Matthias Ginter and Oscar Wendt formed the back four ahead of Yann Sommer. Tobias Strobl, Florian Neuhaus and Jonas Hofmann formed a midfield trio, while Alassane Plea and Thorgan Hazard supported forward Raffael from the wings; the Brazilian returning to the starting XI for the first time in two months.

Denis Zakaria (knee ligament problem) and Julio Villalba (bruised shoulder) were unavailable, as were the following: Moritz Nicolas, Jordan Beyer, Mamadou Doucouré, Andreas Poulsen, Florian Mayer, László Bénes, Patrick Herrmann, Torben Müsel, Keanan Bennetts und Josip Drmic.