The first home game of 2019 saw the Foals continue their 100 percent home record this season, with Oscar Wendt and Patrick Herrmann eventually earning a 2-0 win over a stubborn FC Augsburg.
42,509 spectators were in attendance at BORUSSIA-PARK and saw a dominant first-half performance from Die Fohlen. Lars Stindl could even have opened the scoring inside 90 seconds, but Gregor Kobel made a very late intervention. Alassane Plea then failed to get enough power behind his header to trouble the FCA keeper, who also denied Ibrahima Traoré one-on-one, albeit from a narrow angle. The Guinea international had an even better opportunity on the half-hour mark when a pull-back to the edge of the box have him space to drill a shot at goal, but again Kobel was in the way and Michael Lang fired the rebound over. However, the best chance of the half came from the penalty spot. Florian Neuhaus was tripped and Jonas Hofmann stepped up in the absence of Thorgan Hazard, only for Gregor Kobel to dive the right way and ensure the score remained 0-0 at the break.
The second 45 didn’t follow the same pattern as the first, with Gladbach struggling to create meaningful chances and Augsburg looking more dangerous on the counter. Yann Sommer had to produce a rare save to deny former Foal André Hahn, but once the game entered the last 15 minutes, it was only one-way football. And ironically, it took a mistake from the brilliant Gregor Kobel to finally break the deadlock. Lang’s cross was flapped away to the edge of the box and Oscar Wendt – who was playing his 184th Bundesliga game to become the club’s record foreign appearance holder – picked up the pieces and fired the ball past the keeper and two covering defenders into the back of the net. The goal gave Gladbach a little room to breathe and a tiring Augsburg gave substitute Patrick Herrmann time and space in stoppage time to thunder an unstoppable shot into the top corner from outside the box, wrapping up a deserved 2-0 win and a record equalling twelfth straight victory at home.
Head coach Dieter Hecking made two changes to the side that won in Leverkusen. A calf injury kept Thorgan Hazard sidelined, paving the way for Ibrahima Traoré to start. Florian Neuhaus was also preferred to Denis Zakaria in midfield. That meant there were no adjustments to the back four of Michael Lang, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi and Oscar Wendt in front of goalkeeper Yann Sommer. Neuhaus was joined in midfield by holding player Tobias Strobl and the more free-roaming Jonas Hofmann, while Alassane Plea and captain Lars Stindl rotated in attack together with Traoré.
Apart from Hazard, the coach was also without Raffael (broken collarbone), Mamaou Doucouré (thigh tear) and Keanan Bennetts (thigh strain) due to injury.