Borussia from Mönchengladbach finally wanted to win again after a number of draws in the Bundesliga. But that didn’t work. At least there was another draw.
Borussia Mönchengladbach dragged themselves to the Christmas holidays with the last of their strength but great morale. Thanks to captain Lars Stindl, the team from Gladbach made it 3: 3 (1: 3) at Eintracht Frankfurt on Tuesday evening after 1: 3 behind. Stindl (90./foul penalty and 90. + 6) saved the draw for heavily stressed Gladbachers in a wild final phase. Coach Marco Rose, allegedly courted by Borussia Dortmund, had seven new players in the starting line-up.
Stindl (14th) had put the guests ahead, the strong André Silva (22nd / penalty and 24th) with his eight and nine goals this season and Aymen Barkok (32nd) turned the game first. Eintracht has been waiting for a victory since the beginning of October. On Saturday, Borussia will play against Hoffenheim, while SGE will compete in Augsburg – but without David Abraham, who saw the yellow-red card (81st).
Eberl is talking about Coach Rose
Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl reacted calmly to speculation about his successful coach and the open position at Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season just before kick-off. At the moment there is a “very good” chance that Rose will stay on the Lower Rhine after the summer, said Eberl from Sky, at the moment it is even “99 percent”. Then the team leader of the Champions League round of 16 saw a weak first half of his team.
The guests determined the initial phase. Defense chief Matthias Ginter, one of the few who had started against Hertha BSC (1-1) three days ago, missed the first chance to take the lead early (4th) and Stindl beautifully converted a 22-meter free kick into his fifth goal of the season. Eintracht, which had started eight Bundesliga games without a win, quickly found its way back into the game.
First, Stefan Lainer caused the hand penalty when Martin Hinteregger shot, who easily converted Silva. 168 seconds later, after a quick free kick from Frankfurt, the Portuguese hit deep from his own half against the surprised Gladbacher. And Barkok danced the guest defense in the penalty area with almost impressive nonchalance in front of his goal to make it 3-1. Rarely has Eintracht performed so enthusiastically this season as in this phase.
The Borussia was European Cup week to note
Borussia was under pressure from the successful English weeks in the European Cup. Yann Sommer, returning to Gladbacher Tor after overcoming adductor problems, was always challenged. Silva missed Frankfurt’s fourth goal in the 56th minute – like former Gladbacher Amin Younes free in Gladbach’s penalty area (64th).
The Rose team struggled to make the match well into the second half. The Frankfurt team remained the more dangerous team and waited for the last decisive goal. Stindl made the final phase exciting again, Barkok had caused the penalty kick – and then let his team cheer.