NEWS: 09.02.2019

Perfect home record ended by clinical Hertha

Perfect home record ended by clinical Hertha
Alassane Plea & Co. struggled create chances against the visitors

Borussia were finally beaten at home in their tenth Bundesliga match at BORUSSIA-PARK this season. Hertha Berlin left Mönchengladbach as deserved 3-0 winners on matchday 21.

The Foals came out of the traps strongly in front of 48,289 spectators, but failed to create many concrete goalscoring opportunities with their possession. Half chances came and went for Alassane Plea and Lars Stindl, before the visitors from Berlin had a golden chance to score, only for an unmarked Salomon Kalou to head into the side-netting. Borussia’s best moment of the half fell to Michael Lang soon after. The full-back suddenly popped up one-on-one with Rune Jarstein, but the Hertha keeper blocked his effort and Thorgan Hazard was unable to force the rebound goalwards. The ball did find the back of the net at the other end though. Kalou drove at the Foals’ from midfield, wriggled his way past two or three defenders and curled a shot past the helpless Yann Sommer.

Despite trailing the at the break, a look at the season statistics will have given Gladbach hope. After all, Dieter Hecking’s side have scored 71 percent of their Bundesliga goals in the second half. However, what came after the interval is something that belied the stats. Hertha struck on the counter once again just ten minutes into the half and Ondrej Duda could easily tuck away Davie Selke’s pull-back. Borussia were met by a defensive wall in their attempts to get back into the game, but their own sloppy passing and lack of incisiveness hindered their chances of a fightback too. The nail in the coffin came with quarter of an hour left to play, when Selke headed a corner in at the back post, officially ending the Foals’ 100 percent record at home in the Bundesliga this season.

TEAM NEWS

There was just one change to the side that won 2-0 at Schalke last weekend, with goalscorer in Gelsenkirchen Florian Neuhaus preferred to Denis Zakaria in the middle. The line-up was as follows: Sommer; Lang, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt; Strobl, Neuhaus, Hofmann; Hazard, Plea, Stindl.

The usual three players were unavailable due to injury: Raffael (broken collarbone), Mamadou Doucouré (thigh tear) and Keanan Bennetts (thigh strain).