NEWS: 18.05.2019

Foals finish fifth after 2-0 loss to Dortmund

Foals finish fifth after 2-0 loss to Dortmund
Josip Drmic couldn’t continue his goalscoring run

The final matchday of the Bundesliga season saw Borussia Mönchengladbach beaten 2-0 by Borussia Dortmund. The Foals end the campaign in fifth to secure a place in next season’s UEFA Europa League.

The season finale had the potential for drama, with Dortmund still in with a chance of winning the league, while Gladbach were aiming to defend their position in the top four. However, Bayern went ahead early against Frankfurt to ease the tension. The first half in front of 54,022 spectators at BORUSSIA-PARK was fairly subdued as a result. The Foals had the better of the chances that did arrive, with Ibrahima Traoré coming particularly close with a curling effort that came back off the woodwork. BVB delivered a sucker punch with almost the last kick of the half though, when Jadon Sancho fired in Marco Reus’ cross to make it 1-0, although VAR took some time to check whether the ball had gone behind for a goal kick beforehand.

The chances of a second-half comeback reduced significantly just nine minutes after the restart, when Reus got his seemingly traditional goal against his former employers to make it 2-0. With word of Leverkusen comfortably winning at Hertha, the chances of getting back into the top four were severely slim for the Foals. Bayern were also cruising to the title, and the tone of the game’s remainder reflected the hopelessness of both side’s situations. Neither mustered anything more of note, but Gladbach could still celebrate qualifying for European football next season, before also bidding farewell to departing head coach Dieter Hecking in front of the Nordkurve.

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Hecking’s final starting XI saw him make just the one change to the side that won 4-0 at Nürnberg. A collation of yellow cards meant Florian Neuhaus was unavailable, so Jonas Hofmann returned to the team in his stead. The full line-up was as follows: Sommer; Beyer, Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt; Kramer, Zakaria, Hofmann; Traoré, Drmic, Hazard.

There were just the two absentees due to injury on the final matchday, with captain Lars Stindl (fractured shin) and Raffael (calf) still missing.