Borussia Mönchengladbach romped to a 5-1 home win over FC Augsburg on matchday 7 in the Bundesliga, with goals from Patrick Herrmann (2), Denis Zakaria, Alassane Plea and Breel Embolo taking the Foals top of the table.
Marco Rose’s side couldn’t have made a better start at BORUSSIA-PARK, with Denis Zakaria arriving in the box to slam home Marcus Thuram’s pull-back inside just two minutes. The Foals were rampant in the early stages and every attack looked like going in. The left flank was particularly fruitful, and in the eighth minute, it was Alassane Plea’s turn to get to the byline and pick someone out in the centre, with Patrick Herrmann applying the deadly finish this time. Plea and Herrmann combined once more just five minutes later, with a neat one-two into the box followed by another near-post finish from Flaco. Augsburg were then given a respite from Borussia’s relentless attacking for a while, but Plea still managed to add to his two assists with a goal of his own, pouncing on a poor touch from FCA keeper Koubek to finish into an empty net and make it 4-0 at the break.
As you might expect, the second half didn’t have nearly the same pace about it. The Foals took their foot off the gas, and Augsburg weren’t necessarily pressing or attacking with conviction. After a string of changes from both sides, the visitors finally got something for their efforts with ten minutes to go. Yann Sommer could only a parry a powerful shot away, but Florian Niederlechner was alert to the rebound and tucked it home to reduce the deficit. The Foals provided an almost immediate response from the bench, however. Herrmann got in behind the defence and could have gone for a hat-trick goal, but he unselfishly squared it for substitute Breel Embolo, who only had to lift it past Koubek to wrap up a memorable 5-1 win that sends Borussia two points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table.
Head coach Marco Rose made four changes to the side that started in the draw with Basaksehir. Oscar Wendt, Nico Elvedi, Florian Neuhaus and Breel Embolo all dropped to the bench, with Ramy Bensebaini, Tony Jantschke, László Bénes and Patrick Herrmann getting a chances. The full XI was as follows: Sommer; Lainer, Ginter, Jantschke, Bensebaini; Kramer, Zakaria, Bénes, Herrmann; Plea, Thuram.
Rose was without Jordan Beyer, Tobias Strobl, Torben Müsel (all knee), Ibrahima Traoré (ankle), Fabian Johnson (adductor) and Keanan Bennetts (thigh) through injury, while Lars Stindl and Jonas Hofmann are still working their way back to fitness.