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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
DOUBLE CHANCE DENIED!
It's fantastic from Ortega again to keep the Foals from scoring more as Zakaria breaks through the middle and into the Bielefeld area, but his shot is pushed away by the 'keeper. Wolf then gathers the rebound and shoots from 20 yards, but Ortega is across to grab that one as well.
WOLF FORCES A SAVE!
It could be so many more for Gladbach if not for Ortega, as he makes a good save at his near post to keep Wolf's shot out.
Jantschke and Beyer are on the Foals in the final minutes.
PLEA MAKES IT FIVE!
It's all too easy for the Foals as they make it five before the end. Embolo plays the ball forward to Plea in midfield who has acres of space to turn and run at goal before opening up for a finesse shot at goal from 20 yards which bounces in off the inside of the right post. A fantastic finish from the Frenchman.
Schipplock comes on for Gebauer for Bielefeld.
With 15 minutes to play, Rose changes things up with Wendt, Plea and Kramer all on for Lazaro, Thuram and Neuhaus.
The attacking midfielder is showing another side to his game today with some battling work against the Bielefeld defence.
WOLF DOING HARD WORK
Hannes WolfAnderson Lucoqui
FANTASTIC FROM THE FOALS!
Embolo has two, Gladbach have four and this is the best of the bunch. Embolo plays a one-two with Zakaria, then a one-two with Wolf and then another one-two with Zakaria to run through on goal before sliding the ball beyond Ortega. What a fantastic team goal to seal the points for the hosts.
The Swiss midfielder is brought down off the ball by Maier and is taking treatment now on the sidelines. It looks like he will be able to continue for now, but Kramer is getting ready on the sidelines.
ONE STEP AHEAD
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EMBOLO FLUFFS HIS LINES
Neuhaus does brilliantly to flick Embolo clean-through on goal. He only has Ortega to beat but he doesn't go for goal. Instead, he looks to play a blind pass across goal with Thuram waiting, but his attempted pass is behind his teammate.
The Frenchman heads home a second goal from Lazaro's corner but the flag is up on the far side with the ball going out of play before coming back in.
The away side certainly haven't given up hope of getting something from this game if their work-rate is to be believed.
ARMINIA WORKING HARD
Distance run (km)
STUNNING SOMMER DENIES BIELEFELD!
Wow, how Bielefeld have not just scored is beyond us. Yann Sommer with a genuine contender for the Save of the Season. It's a break down the right and Doan fires the ball across goal. It comes to the back post where Gebauer can smash a shot at goal from space, just eight yards out, but Sommer is across rapidly and palms his effort away with his right hand. A stunning piece of goalkeeping.
SLOWER SECOND HALF
Bielefeld have looked more structured and confident in getting forward with the ball so far in this second half. A big contrast to the opening 20 minutes, which are what ultimately have them heading towards defeat unless they can get some goals back.
TEASER FROM WOLF
Lazaro finds Wolf on the left of Bielefeld's area and he does well to get past de Medina before firing a low ball across goal. It's between Thuram and Ortega, but neither can get a touch on it.
KNOCK FOR WOLF
The winger is down again here clutching his right ankle. We'll have to see if he can continue now, but he has been in the wars today.
GREAT EFFORT FROM MAIER!
The midfield exchanges passes with Lucoqui to the left of the Gladbach area before turning and curling a shot bound for the far top corner. Sommer reacts well though and tips the ball over the top with his first big save of the game.
DE MEDINA BOOKED
A first yellow card for Bielefeld with de Medina booked for a foul on Bensebaini. He's now suspended for their next game.
Nathan de Medina
WOLF JUST WIDE!
Gladbach starting this second in the same vain as the first with all the ball and fine interplay. Wolf is played in down the left by Thuram but his shot hits the side-netting.
The second half is rolling and we've had two changes at the break for Bielefeld, with Kunze and Voglsammer on for Frank Kramer's side.
Just one minute of added time at the end of this first half.
WOLF FIRES WIDE!
A big chance to make it four before the break with lovely interplay down the right sending Embolo in behind. He battles with Prietl for the ball but it runs loose eight yards out for Wolf to strike to the right of goal, but he slides the ball wide across goal.
SHOT ON TARGET
Maier's free-kick into the Gladbach area is cleared as far as Lucoqui, who controls and fires a shot back at goal from 30 yards out. This one is a simple save for Sommer in the end.
A first yellow card of the game as Lazaro pulls Doan back on the counter.
It's been a supreme display so far from the Foals, at both ends of the pitch.
GLADBACH WINNING THEIR BATTLES
SLOWER TEMPO NOW
The game has slowed down here after that chaotic opening which saw Gladbach go three up inside 20 minutes. Bielefeld are starting to see more of the ball, but Gladbach look dangerous every time they come forward.
KNOCK FOR WOLF
Wolf is slow to get up after a heavy challenge in the air with Lucoqui, but he looks like he should be able to carry on.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Bielefeld have a huge opportunity to get level as Klos wins the ball from the Gladbach defence on the edge of their area. He cuts past another challenge before sliding Doan in, but he can't control the ball in his stride and it's eventually cleared from in front of goal.
FROM THURAM WITH LOVE
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GLADBACH SPOT ON
Gladbach have been awarded more penalties (11) and scored more from the spot (10) than any other team this season.
BIG CHANCE FOR THURAM!
The Frenchman flies in behind the Bielefeld backline and skips past Nilsson's challenge to be one-on-one with Ortega, but he can't beat him this time from close range.
GINTER ON TARGET
The centre-back rifles a shot at goal from distance but Ortega is able to save and gather that one at the second attempt.
Bielefeld have been chasing shadows in the opening 20 minutes or so and Gladbach have taken full advantage. The 3-4-1-2 formation is also proving to be a winner, with space across the pitch to exploit.
THREE UP ALREADY!
Bensebaini strolls up and sends Ortega the wrong way with his spot-kick. What a start for Gladbach, who have scored three goals in the opening 20 minutes of a Bundesliga game for the first time this season - and perhaps for a many few seasons. We'll check our numbers and let you know.
The hosts have a penatly after a handball in the box from Gebauer after Lazaro's cross.
TIDY FROM THURAM!
It's two for Gladbach and the two forwards have the goals for the Foals. This one comes down the left, with a fine move from Lazaro then seeing Wolf played in behind. His cross to the near post was met by a perfectly-timed run from Thuram, and he tucked the ball home through Ortega with a tidy left-footed finish.
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The Foals have an early lead and are looking to dominate possession here against relegation-threatened Bielefeld.
GLADBACH SETTING THEIR STALL OUT
HUGE CHANCE FOR EMBOLO!
Somehow it's not 2-0 here as a long ball into the Bielefeld area is headed across goal by Lainer, and then nodded at goal by Embolo. It bounces up and is heading for the back of the net, but Ortega makes a stunning fingertip save to tip it around the post. Not his first of this season!
GLADBACH AHEAD EARLY!
The Foals break quickly down the right with Neuhaus sliding Lainer into space. The wing-back shows composure with his cross as he picks out Embolo who had left his marker around the penalty spot, and the Swiss international slid the ball home past Ortega.
CHANGE OF FORMATION
Immediately it's clear to see that Rose has switched up his tactics for this game. There's a three-man defence with Ginter, Elvedi and Bensebaini. Lainer is at right wing-back, while Lazaro is on the left. Wolf is in the No.10 role leading the midfield with Embolo and Thuram up front together.
HERE WE GO!
The hosts get us underway at Borussia-Park.
KICK-OFF COMING UP!
We're just five minutes from getting our final game of the weekend underway here in a sunny Mönchengladbach. Settle yourselves in for the last of the Bundesliga action on Matchday 31.
HISTORY ON GLADBACH'S SIDE
The Foals won the reverse fixture 1-0 earlier this season, with Breel Embolo netting the only goal of the game that day. It was the team's 20th victory over Bielefeld overall from 31 meetings (six draws, five defeats), although the most recent game prior to that one was in April 2009.
WATCH: PREVIOUS MEETING - BIELEFELD 0-1 GLADBACH
PLENTY AT STAKE
Given that Union Berlin (7th), Leverkusen (6th) and Dortmund (5th) all won yesterday, the onus is on Gladbach to follow suit here if they're to maintain their push for European qualification. The Foals are currently in eighth with 43 points on the board, seven behind Leverkusen. Bielefeld's recent upturn in form - they've taken 11 points of the last 18 available - has lifted them out of the relegation zone, but only just. Arminia are in 15th place on 30 points, just one ahead of Cologne and four in front of of Hertha Berlin, who have three games in hand.
WATCH: PITCH INSPECTION
TEAM NEWS - GLADBACH
Outbound Gladbach coach Marco Rose has brought in three new faces for this one, following his side's 3-2 defeat away to Hoffenheim on Wednesday. Sommer returns in goal for Sippel after completing his suspension, while Wolf and Embolo also start in place of Hofmann and Plea. Captain and top scorer Stindl remains sidelined with a muscular injury.
TEAM NEWS - BIELEFELD
Arminia coach Frank Kramer makes two changes to the side that consigned Schalke to relegation in midweek: Brunner is suspended due to yellow card accumulation, so de Medina replaces him in defences, while Gebauer comes into the side for Vogelsammer further forward.
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GLADBACH STARTING XI
Sommer (c) - Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Zakaria, Neuhaus - Lazaro, Wolf, Thuram - Embolo
Sippel, Kramer, Herrmann, Plea, Beyer, Traore, Wendt, Hofmann, Jantschke
BIELEFELD STARTING XI
Ortega - de Medina, Pieper, Nilsson, Lucoqui - Okugawa, Prietl, Maier - Doan, Gebauer - Klos (c)
Linner, Laursen, van der Hoorn, Kunze, Souko, Voglsammer, Vlap, Hartel, Schipplock
Here you will find the most important information on the game between Borussia Mönchengladbach and DSC Arminia Bielefeld on Matchday 31 of the 2020/21 Bundesliga season.