Matchday 27 in the Bundesliga saw Gladbach beaten 3-1 away at Fortuna Düsseldorf. The hosts raced into the lead, scoring all three of their goals inside 16 minutes, with Denis Zakaria’s strike nothing more than a consolation.
The game couldn’t have started much worse for the Foals. A lapse of concentration at the back allowed Rouwen Hennings in one-on-one with Yann Sommer and he applied the finishing touch to make it 1-0 inside six minutes. Individual mistakes proved costly again in the twelfth minute, with Kevin Stöger turning home a quick Fortuna counterattack to double the hosts’ lead, before another sloppy error allowed Düsseldorf and Hennings to add a third, all after just 16 minutes. Borussia did hit the crossbar through Florian Neuhaus between goals two and three, but they were clearly rattled by the home team’s flying start.
Dieter Hecking brought on Denis Zakaria at half time to try and help somehow turn the tide, after having already replaced Thorgan Hazard with Patrick Herrmann shortly before the break. Neither change had the desired effect though early in the half. With a three-goal cushion, Fortuna were able to soak up the pressure and frustrate the Foals. It wasn’t until the first corner of the second half in the 83rd minute that Zakaria was able to drill in a goal back after some pinball, but it was too little, too late.
There were two changes to Dieter Hecking’s side that started against Freiburg before the international break. A fit-again Matthias Ginter returned to the centre of defence, while Florian Neuhaus was also given the nod against his former club. The full line-up was as follows: Sommer; Johnson, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt; Strobl, Neuhaus, Hofmann; Hazard, Stindl, Plea.
The only players unavailable to the coach were long-term injured Ibrahima Traoré (groin) and Mamadou Doucouré (thigh),