The hosts began strongly and were unafraid to go on the front foot against their visitors, but that was ultimately their downfall. Gladbach are a superb counter-attacking team and took full advantage with their first foray forward, with Herrmann tapping in at the back post from Branimir Hrgota’s excellent left-wing cross. The Foals doubled their advantage soon afterwards when Paderborn failed to clear their lines following Raffael’s header, and the Brazilian reacted quickest to prod over the line. SCP improved thereafter, but were unable to pull a goal back prior to the break.
Wemmer grabs consolation
After the restart it was one-way traffic towards the Paderborn goal and the visitors very nearly increased their lead several times, only for home keeper Lukas Kruse to race off his line and deny the Foals. After one such occasion Christoph Kramer almost scored a long-range stunner in the style of Paderborn’s Moritz Stoppelkamp when Kruse’s clearance fell to him just outside the centre circle in his own half, but the World Cup winner’s strike went wide of the empty goal.
The hosts almost pulled one back midway through the second period when Mario Vrancic’s delightful curling free-kick from the edge of the area looked to be on its way into the corner, only for Yann Sommer to tip it away with a superb save. Jens Wemmer’s well-taken finish in the 69th minute set up a thrilling closing period, but the Foals held on to make it six games undefeated.
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