Milan (AP) – Shortly after midnight, the pros of Borussia Mönchengladbach left the legendary Giuseppe Meazza Stadium with a good feeling.
A win at the start of the Champions League season at Inter Milan was within reach, but in the end the Bundesliga club could be proud of the 2: 2 (0: 0) in the turbulent opening game of the, especially in the closing stages. Be group B.
Marco Rose was not particularly upset after his senior league debut as coach that his team had equalized double goal scorer Romelu Lukaku (49th / 90th) in the final minute. “If you lead so late, of course you want to take the three points with you. But now we take the point, bring the experience,” said the 44-year-old coach. And if Real Madrid is a guest at Borussia-Park next Tuesday, you could benefit from a “learning effect”, Rose hoped.
For a long time, the VfL defense around central defenders Matthias Ginter and Nico Elvedi, who mainly had to deal with star attacker Lukaku, had good grip. Until the Belgian struck twice. “The defensive performance was very, very decent for long stretches. The guys have been with us for a few years. Still, Lukaku scored two goals,” said Rose.
However, the Borussia offensive took a long time to get dangerously to the Inter target. After the intermediate equalizer by a converted penalty kick from Ramy Bensebaini (63.), things went better. And after Jonas Hofmann’s (85th) lead after a dream pass from Florian Neuhaus, the win was in the air. “Of course it is always annoying when you get an equalizer so late. But before that we certainly had drawn a draw”, said captain Christoph Kramer.
Ginter saw it the same way, even though the international defender was a little annoyed by Lukaku’s late goal after a corner: “You can’t eliminate such players 100 percent. I think he had two options. He scores the first goal. four meters, the second from half a meter. It’s exactly where the ball is going. “