- Gladbach and Frankfurt share spoils in Matchday 9 opener.
- Foals remain unbeaten at home in the Bundesliga this season.
- Improving Eagles again impressive.
There was no separating Borussia Mönchengladbach and Eintracht Frankfurt in the Matchday 9 opener on Friday night, with both teams having to settle for a point following a goalless draw at BORUSSIA-PARK.
Gladbach went into this match eager to extend their unbeaten home record in the Bundesliga this season, but it became immediately apparent they would not have things all their own way against an in-form Frankfurt side. The visitors fired the first warning shot in the tenth minute when Branimir Hrgota, returning to face his former team-mates, teed up Marco Fabian, but the Mexico international could not keep his shot down. There were few more chances of note in a fiercely-contested first half, and the sides went in level at the break.
The second period remained tight, with both sides employing high-pressing tactics that served to stifle attacking moves before they had properly begun. The game started to open up more in the final 20 minutes, and Oscar Wendt went close to breaking the deadlock only to hit the crossbar from Fabian Johnson's cut-back. That was the closest either side went to finding a winner in a tactical battle that ultimately ended goalless.
Man of the Match
Christoph Kramer was in his element at BORUSSIA-PARK, relishing the tight spaces physical nature of the game. He won 54 per cent of all his tackles and completed 79 per cent of his passes to keep the hosts ticking over in midfield.
While neither club will be particularly happy with the point, the sense of disappointment will be muted as this was a tie between two strong sides. Frankfurt, for their part, look extremely resilient and are a team to watch in the coming weeks.
- Frankfurt's Makoto Hasebe, making his 221st Bundesliga appearance, played as centre-back for the first time ever.
- Gladbach collectively covered 111.95 kilometres; Frankfurt ran 111.15.
- Nico Elvedi had more touches of the ball than anyone else (110).
Gladbach: Sommer – Korb, Elvedi, Vestergaard, Wendt – Kramer, Jantschke, Dahoud (Herrmann 74') – Stindl, Hahn, Johnson (Schulz 86')
Coach: Andre Schubert
Frankfurt: Hradecky – Abraham, Hasebe, Vallejo – Chandler, Mascarell, Huszti, Oczipka – Fabian, Hrgota (Seferovic 75'), Gacinovic (Tarashaj 82')
Coach: Niko Kovac