Borussia rounded off matchday 9 in the Bundesliga with a thrilling and at times nail-biting 4-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, keeping them top of the table for another week.
52,300 fans at BORUSSIA-PARK were treated to a brilliant first-half display from the Foals with a number of good chances. Marcus Thuram was unlucky to see his header from a flicked-on corner blocked on the line by Gelson Fernandes, but the young Frenchman didn’t have to wait much longer for his goal. Breel Embolo demonstrated his pace to get to the byline and deliver a pinpoint cross into the box, where Thuram only had to hold his foot out to open the scoring. Borussia’s defence were expertly keeping Frankfurt quiet and the hosts were clinical again when the opportunity arose at the other end. Patrick Herrmann’s cross from the right found Thuram, but when he was dispossessed, the ball popped out kindly for Oscar Wendt who applied a thunderous finish to make it 2-0 on the stroke of half time.
Gladbach continued to be have the chances at the start of the second half, with László Bénes twice coming close. Then on the hour mark, Frankfurt turned the game’s momentum in their favour with a goal back through Danny da Costa. The Eagles were in the ascendency now with Daichi Kamada the main protagonist. He almost added to his assist too, but the Japan international headed narrowly wide on two occasions with Yann Sommer beaten. However, the next goal came against the run of play. Bénes’ curling free kick into the box was brilliantly headed back across goal and in off the post by Nico Elvedi to settle some nerves, only for Frankfurt to reduce the deficit back to one within three minutes with a header of their own – Martin Hinteregger climbed highest to direct a corner into the back of the net to make it 3-2 with ten minutes to play. Again, the next goal wasn’t far behind and it was the perfect response from Borussia to finally kill off the away side’s challenge. Lars Stindl stole the ball off Makoto Hasebe and quickly laid off for Denis Zakaria to pummel in a fourth and send the Foals back to the top of the Bundesliga table with a third straight home win.
Marco Rose made two changes to the side that drew in Rome, with Oscar Wendt and László Bénes preferred to Ramy Bensebaini and Christoph Kramer. The full starting XI was as follows: Sommer; Lainer, Jantschke, Elvedi, Wendt; Zakaria, Bénes, Neuhaus, Herrmann; Embolo, Thuram.
The head coach was without nine players due to injury: Matthias Ginter (shoulder), Alassane Plea, Keanan Bennetts (both thigh), Raffael, Fabian Johnson (both adductor), Tobias Sippel, Torben Müsel (both knee), Tobias Strobl and Ibrahima Traoré (both in strength training).