Mönchengladbach Borussia has established itself in the top group of the Bundesliga with a win against FC Schalke 04. Despite an early Gladbach goal, the game remained open for a long time.
The second home game, the second victory. After the 2:1 against Leverkusen, Borussia has now also defeated FC Schalke 04 with this result. Matthias Ginter and Patrick Herrmann scored. Now the Borussians have collected seven points after three games, Schalke is still without points. For coach Dieter Hecking’s team it was a deserved victory, especially because of the first half.
Hecking made three personnel changes compared to the first two games of the season. Right at the front was Alassane Plea, who replaced the battered Raffael, for the first time from the beginning in the game. Two Swiss players also made their debut in the starting eleven this season. However, Nico Elvedi did not play in his intended position in the centre of the defensive, but in the back right. In midfield, Denis Zakaria replaced Florian Neuhaus. His fighting power and his length were in demand against the many high grown Schalkers.
Schalke 04 2:1 (1:0)
Mönchengladbach Summer – Elvedi, Ginter, Jantschke, Wendt – Strobl – Hofmann, Zakaria (72nd Kramer) – Johnson (67th Herrmann), Plea (86th Neuhaus), Hazard. – Trainer: Hecking
Schalke Fährmann – Salif Sane, Naldo, Nastasic – Rudy, Bentaleb – Caligiuri, Mendyl (25th Schöpf) – Di Santo (67th Embolo) – Uth, Burgstaller (67th Teuchert). – Trainer: Tedesco
Referee Manuel Gräfe (Berlin)
Goals 1:0 Ginter (3.), 2:0 Herrmann (76.), 2:1 Embolo (90.+3)
Spectators 54,022 (sold out)
Yellow Cards Mendyl, Schöpf, Nastasic, Embolo
The “Lulatsche” on the other side were overwhelmed after only three minutes. Jonas Hofmann kicked a corner long and found Matthias Ginter, whose header was dropped into the net by Schalke’s goalkeeper Ralf Fährmann. Ginter’s sixth goal for Gladbach, the first of the season, brought an early 1-0 win. Spicy: Both Hofmann and Ginter used to play for Schalke’s great rival Borussia Dortmund.
The lead was deserved because Borussia was playfully superior. Schalke was perhaps a little more innovative with the poison-green jerseys, but the Gladbachers shone footballerically. Especially Jonas Hofmann enjoyed the game, he was always the initiator of promising offensive actions. So he played a very fine pass to Thorgan Hozard, who was slightly offside (18th) – luckily for Plea, because the Frenchman missed the goal from five meters in the scene. “The miss would have been viral,” speculated tactics expert Tobias Escher on Twitter.
There were further good chances. However, Hazard failed after 29 minutes to Fährmann, after 37 minutes, the goalkeeper also fended off a header from Plea. There were plenty of chances to score 2-0, the second goal would also have been appropriate. But it could easily have been 1-1. Because there were the one or other careless mistake with which Schalke options were opened before the goal. Yann Sommer, however, first responded with a superb header from Salif Sané and then took Mark Uth’s shot.
Jonas Hofmann Honours
- Borussia Dortmund
- Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
- DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
- DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
- UEFA Champions League: Runners-up 2012–13
It was like so often in the Gladbacher games against Schalke: They were superior, but did not fix the matter. Thus Schalke remained in the game and dangerous, in particular with standards. To make it more difficult for the Borussians to build up the game, Franco Di Santo took Borussia’s only sixth Tobias Strobl in man-to-man cover. After the change of sides, Schalke was also far more keen to avert the third defeat in a row. The team of Domenico Tedesco put more pressure. And scored. But Mark Uth was offside (50th).
Borussia was now challenged to find herself again and hold her ground. But the access to the game was gone for the time being, there were hardly any pressing moments left, with which Hecking’s team had caused so big problems for the opponent in the first run. Schalke, however, didn’t get much of a chance. The best opportunity to score was Zakaria, but after Oscar Wendt’s flank he shot his head past the goal (65th). Then Hofmann played Patrick Herrmann free, who also missed the goal with his left hand. Sportnation bet offers a live betting.
The fans, who celebrated the 30th birthday of the FP MG Supporters Club with a choreo, felt that the Gladbachers needed their support and switched to continuous singing mode. It was understandable, however, that quite a few Gladbach friends on the net were fatalistically reminded of some missed victories against Schalke. In the 72nd minute Christoph Kramer also made his season debut, he should be active as a stabilizer in the decisive phase of the game. Patrick Herrmann then made the decision. After a turn flank Plea put away and Herrmann scored with a well timed flat shot. Herrmann roared out his joy, the fans celebrated.