The first game after the Bundesliga restart saw Borussia Mönchengladbach claim a 3-1 win away at Eintracht Frankfurt. Goals from Alassane Plea, Marcus Thuram and Ramy Bensebaini secured all three points in matchday 26’s primetime match.
Gladbach clearly couldn’t wait to burst out of the traps after 66 days without competitive football, racing into a two-goal lead. Alassane Plea opened the scoring after just 36 seconds, picking out the bottom corner, before Marcus Thuram only had to connect with a low cross six yards out following some brilliant work on the left flank by Ramy Bensebaini. The Foals controlled the remainder of the first half, forcing Kevin Trapp into a couple of decent stops, while Yann Sommer was only required the once, getting two strong hands onto a powerful Filip Kostic free kick.
The second half didn’t start at the same tempo of the first as Borussia looked to maintain control, limiting chances for both sides. A brilliant curling effort from Plea that rattled the post signalled the start of a more entertaining final 20 minutes, as it was soon followed by a Gladbach penalty. Breel Embolo beat Evan Ndicka to the ball and was tripped, giving Bensebaini the chance to make it 3-0 from the spot – and he duly obliged. A clean sheet was the only thing missing from a solid performance, but the wait was extended to nine games when Andre Silva lifted the ball past Sommer in the 81st minute. Jonas Hofmann had a golden chance to restore the three-goal cushion soon after, but even with only Martin Hinteregger on the line to stop him having rounded the keeper, he failed to find a way past the Frankfurt defender. Fortunately, there was to be no late rally from the hosts and Gladbach climbed to third place in the Bundesliga table.
Marco Rose’s first starting XI after the long break was as follows: Yann Sommer; Stefan Lainer, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, Ramy Bensebaini; Tobias Strobl, Florian Neuhaus, Jonas Hofmann; Marcus Thuram, Breel Embolo, Alassane Plea.
The boss was only without Denis Zakaria (knee operation) and Fabian Johnson (muscular problems) for the trip to Frankfurt.