ANOTHER CHANCE FOR A FOURTH!
Fantastic through-ball from Benes sends Herrmann in on goal with Kostic chasing him, and the substitute's shot across goal drags just inches wide of the far post.
PLEA GOES CLOSE
The Frenchman sees a shot saved by the legs of Trapp with Gladbach working their magic on the counter-attack.
WHAT A CLEARANCE FROM HINTEREGGER
Gladbach break through the Frankfurt defence and beyond Trapp, with Hofmann bearing down on goal and both Plea and Stindl in support. Hofmann goes for goal, but it's the Frankfurt cult-hero Martin Hinteregger on the line who somehow blocks the shot to deny Gladbach a fourth. Absolutely outstanding defending which will have been loudly celebrated by the 'Hinti Army'.
In case you're wondering why Frankfurt have been able to make five substitutions, the DFL has allowed teams to make up to five substitutions per game as part of the temporary law change made by the IFAB.
SILVA PULLS ONE BACK
The substitute is on the end of Rode's pass into the box with Elvedi unable to clear it and Silva fires the ball across and past Sommer into the far bottom corner. Late hope of a comeback now for the Eagles?
GOAL!1 : 3
CHANGE OF FORMATION
Adi Hütter's side have now changed to a three-man defence in an attempt to get more numbers up the pitch. Maybe too little to late for the home side...
BENSEBAINI SQUEEZES IT THROUGH
Trapp is annoyed with himself as he dives the correct way for Bensebaini's spot-kick, to his right, but the ball squirms under him and into the net to make it a three-goal lead for the Foals with time ticking on. The Algerian has now scored both of his two Bundesliga penalties, the other winning the game against Bayern Munich on Matchday 14.
GOAL!0 : 3
Embolo is tripped in the box by N'Dicka and a penalty is given.
WHAT A STRIKE FROM PLEA!
A fantastic curling shot at goal from the Frenchman is only stopped by the far post. He thumps the ball at goal from left corner of the edge of the box, beating Trapp at full-stretch, but cannoning the ball back out off the far post.
THURAM LIMPS OFF
Likely just a precaution for the scorer of Gladbach's second today, but Thuram gingerly makes his way off the pitch with Patrick Herrmann coming on in his place.
NOT TICKING IN THE FINAL THIRD
Frankfurt have enjoyed more possession in this second half, and overall 52 per cent during the game. However things haven't gone to plan in the final third with Gladbach able to snuff out any of the home side's ideas to find a goal. Long balls, crosses and crisp passing play. Nothing has worked so far.
INTENSITY NOT LOST
Both sides going all out for victory in this game, and all the games so far today. No intensity in the game has been lost without fans present as Silva and Ginter go for a challenge in the air. resulting in a booking for the Frankfurt substitute.
FRANKFURT WANTING TO PUSH ON
Centre-back Martin Hinteregger had the most touches of any Frankfurt player in the first half and Hütter wants that to change now. Crosses into the box have been their best form of attack so far this season with Kostic attempt more than any other player in the league. So far, though, Gladbach have kept him quiet.
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
A change at the break for the home side with Andre Silva on in place of Dijbril Sow, and he'll partner Bas Dost up front.
CLINICAL GLADBACH TWO GOALS TO THE GOOD
A fascinating first half which could not have started better for the away side. Plea found the back of the Frankfurt net after just 37 seconds before Thuram made it two just six minutes later. A good omen for them is that in the games that Thuram - whose goal was his since December - has scored, Gladbach have won always won (five games). Frankfurt have had flashing moments, but will be looking for inspiration heading into the second half.
PLEA FORCES A SAVE
Gladbach getting the last attacking moves of the first half as Plea forces a save from Trapp at his near post.
STRUGGLING TO CREATE CLEAR CHANCES
Frankfurt have been forced into attempting to take difficult chances so far in this game. The closest they've come was with Kostic's free-kick, forcing a fine save from Sommer. Since then, the Swiss goalkeeper has been forced into action but only to collect crosses or loose through balls.
EMBOLO PROVING TOUGH NUT TO CRACK
The Switzerland international is loving life in the No.10 role today for Gladbach. He's won 83 per cent of his duels so far, proving difficult to stop for the Frankfurt defence.
EVEN IN REALITY
The only difference so far in this game is the scoreline, Gladbach have been clinical in front of goal scoring twice from their four shots on goal so far. But in the last 10 minutes the home side have come back into the game and begun to dictate more of the play, with the Foals happy to look for their outstanding counter-attacks.
WHAT A HIT FROM KOSTIC
The Serbian smacks a free-kick at goal and stings the palms of a worried looking Sommer. He really hit that one hard! But Gladbach are able to clear it at the second time of asking. The home side though, slowly working their way back into this game.
DOUBLE CHANCE FOR A THIRD
Embolo's ball into the box isn't dealt with by Hinteregger and Plea is able to control and shoot at goal, forcing a strong save from Trapp. The rebound falls back to Hofmann who hits it first time, but can only watch it sail over the crossbar.
KAMADA WITH THE FIRST CHANCE
Eintracht come close to bringing the game back alive early on here as Kamada races on to a ball into the Gladbach box and touches it beyond Sommer before clipping it back across goal. The ball rolls freely across the face of the Gladbach goal, but no one is on hand to poke it home for the home side.
PLEA QUICK OFF THE MARK
The Frenchman's goal has been timed at 37 seconds, making it Gladbach's fastest goal in the Bundesliga so far this season but not the fastest goal of the season overall. That record is still with Augsburg forward Marco Richter, who scored after 29 seconds against Bayern Munich.
EINTRACHT STRUGGLES, GLADBACH JOY
Both of these sides had the chance to experience a game without fans before the Bundesliga came to a stop due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Foals enjoyed a 2-1 win over Cologne, while Frankfurt suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Basel in the Europa League last-32. With Gladbach two goals up here, Frankfurt have some learning to do with fans not in the stadium.
THURAM MAKES IT TWO!
Fantastic play down the left from Ramy Bensebaini as he beats Toure before crossing low into the box. Thuram is perfectly placed in front of goal to tap home with Trapp stranded having committed to stopping the cross. The Frenchman pulls out a celebration from the video game Fortnite, with a few team-mates happy to get involved from a safe distance.
GOAL!0 : 2
PLEA PUTS GLADBACH AHEAD INSIDE A MINUTE
It takes less than 45 seconds for Gladbach to go into the lead here. A neat one-two between Plea and Hofmann took the ball to the Frenchman in the box and he hits it low across goal, beyond the reach of Trapp, and into the far bottom corner. One of the planned celebrations he mentioned in midweeks comes out with Embolo and Thuram involved.
GOAL!0 : 1
UNDERWAY IN FRANKFURT!
The Saturday evening Bundesliga game is underway.
MOMENTS AWAY NOW...
We've seen five games already today in the Bundesliga with only one win for a home team - coming for Dortmund in the Revierderby against Schalke - so what will we see here? The players are in the tunnel and are set to make their way out onto the pitch shortly.
FOALS GALLOPING ON THE ROAD
Borussia are unbeaten in their last three away games, taking seven points from a possible nine and the Foals are unbeaten in their last three with Frankfurt (W2, D1) and they have only recorded more wins against Werder Bremen (35) than they have in meetings with the Foals (34).
FRANKFURT LOOKING FOR A FRESH START
Eintracht took 10 points from their first four matches in 2020, but have lost their last three, conceding 10 and scoring just one. The Eagles have, though, collected 21 points from home this season, taking 10 from a possible 12 in games against the Bundesliga's current top four.
GLADBACH TEAM NEWS
Very much as expected for the Foals and Marco Rose, with the club's head coach sticking with his trusted front three of Breel Embolo, Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram. Ramy Bensebaini gets the nod at left-back ahead of Oscar Wendt, while Tobias Strobl comes in to start in the centre of midfield with Denis Zakaria ruled out for the rest of the season.
FRANKFURT TEAM NEWS
The big news from Adi Hütter's line-up is that Bas Dost is preferred in attack to Andre Silva, with the club's top scorer - Goncalo Paciencia - out injured. Dost will be supported by Djibril Sow, Daichi Kamada and Filip Kostic, with the Eagles staying with their most recent back-four defence, including Almamy Toure and Evan N'Dicka as full-backs.
GLADBACH STARTING XI!
Sommer (c) - Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Hofmann, Strobl, Neuhaus - Embolo - Plea, Thuram
Sippel, Kramer, Herrmann, Raffael, Stindl, Traore, Wendt, Benes, Jantschke
FRANKFURT STARTING XI!
Trapp - Toure, Abraham (c), Hinteregger, N'Dicka - Ilsanker, Rode - Sow, Kamada, Kostic - Dost
Rönnow, Fernandes, Gacinovic, Torro, Hasebe, Chandler, da Costa, Kohr, Silva
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