The return of the Bundesliga was on everyone’s lips this weekend as elite football in Europe finally returned to our screens. A parade of fascinating games took place on Saturday afternoon, and in the late kick-off, we were treated to a thrilling encounter as Borussia Monchengladbach took another big step towards the UEFA Champions League with a win over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Monchengladbach came into this game with a great deal of momentum stemming from their form prior to the Bundesliga being suspended, but with Frankfurt not having to deal with such a notable fixture congestion like they did back in March, questions had been raised as to whether or not they could pull off the upset.
Alas, the lack of a crowd atmosphere appears to be hampering teams right now, with only one of the six home sides in yesterday’s fixtures coming away with a win. Frankfurt were hit for six in the first few minutes of the game and never really recovered, with Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram putting Gladbach 2-0 up within seven minutes of the game getting underway. The visitors kept their foot on the throat of Frankfurt from that point on, refusing to take it off.
Off the pace?
It took until the 73rd minute for the result to be signed, sealed and delivered with Ramy Bensebaini scoring from the spot to give Monchengladbach a dominant 3-0 lead. Frankfurt did manage to pull one back courtesy of an Andre Silva strike, but it just wasn’t enough as the gulf in class proved too steep.
Frankfurt dropped down into 13th place whereas Monchengladbach are now in the top three, just three points off the pace of leaders Bayern Munich who play later today. While there’s a full slate of fixtures scheduled for both clubs in the next few months, it’s worth remembering that this is an incredibly fluid situation. For now, we can just sit back and enjoy the fact that we had the chance to watch live football once again – with Gladbach being a team to watch at the top of the table.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp (7), Ndicka (6), Hinteregger (7), Abraham (6), Toure (7), Kostic (6), Rode (7), Ilsanker (5.5), Sow (6), Kamada (5.5), Dost (6.5), Chandler (6.5), Gacinovic (6), Silva (7), Hasebe (6.5), Kohr (6)
Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer (6.5), Lainer (6.5), Ginter (7), Elvedi (6.5), Bensebaini (8), Neuhaus (7), Strobl (7), Plea (8.5), Hofmann (7.5), Thuram (7.5), Embolo (7.5), Wendt (6), Benes (6.5), Jantschke (6), Stindl (6.5), Herrmann (6)
Referee: Felix Zwayer
Goals: Silva :: Plea, Thuram, Bensebaini
Yellow Cards: Silva, Kohr, Ndicka, Kostic, Ilsanker, Elvedi
Red Cards: N/A
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