Derby delight for Leverkusen
An incredible game finishes with the visitors taking the spoils. Leverkusen's attacking pace saw them breeze into a three-goal lead before Gladbach pegged them back right at the end.
Stindl smashes his second in with a belting strike from outside the box and it's game on for the final couple of minutes!
Five minutes are to be added
Time for a final twist or two in this fascinating derby?
Gladbach are hitting the ball around well but struggling to get behind the well-staffed Leverkusen back line. They need another goal fast if they are to get anything from the match.
Furious final five required
Gladbach are attacking and Bensebaini heads over. If they could somehow force another goal it would make for a very interesting end.
Stindl gives hope
Could there be a remarkable comeback on? Glabach's neat passing play finally breaks through the Leverkusen defence and Wolf cuts the ball back to Stindl, who converts coolly from the edge of the box.
Herrmann swings a free-kick in
Moments after coming on, Herrmann makes a dangerous delivery from a set piece but Hradecky punches it well clear.
The boy wonder is back
Florian Wirtz is brought on as a substitute - a moment that might please Leverkusen fans as much as the scoreline, with the remarkable talent having spent ten months out injured. England's Callum Hudson-Odoi also comes on as part of a triple swap.
Leverkusen are supremely confident now and threatening to run away with this. Another quick attack causes problems and Adli has an effort deflected over by Itakura.
Super sub Amiri strikes
A wonderful combination move ends in Nadiem Amiri sweeping the ball in from the edge of the box within minutes of coming onto the field. He runs over to embrace a delighted Xabi Alonso, with Leverkusen almost certain of the points now.
Happy Hlozek replaced
The Czech youngster had a hand in both Leverkusen goals but is substituted off for Nadiem Amiri.
Can Leverkusen keep the pace up?
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After a spell of Gladbach pressure, Leverkusen take the game to the hosts again, with Hlozek shooting over. It's turning into a bit of an end-to-end affair with another 30 minutes to run.
Joe Scally is one of three players Daniel Farke introduces to try to turn this around. This is the first match of the season the American hasn't started.
The hosts have their first opportunities of the half. A Bensebaini shot is deflected behind, and they go close from the resulting corner with Elvedi landing a good headed effort.
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Hlozek effort deflected over
The visitors have come roaring out looking to extend their lead. Hlozek takes aim from the edge of the area, but Itakura slides in to send it behind for a corner.
Adli hits wide
The second goalscorer has the first chance of the second period, but hooks a shot well wide.
Second half starts
We're away again with the hosts desperate to bounce back at Borussia Park.
Speedy Leverkusen race into half-time lead
Daniel Farke has the task of trying to inspire Gladbach back into the derby, while Leverkusen will be looking to pounce again on the break in the second period.
Two minutes of stoppage time indicated
It's been a great half for Bayer Leverkusen
Adli doubles the lead
Another quick break, and its 2-0 to the visitors. Adli scores his first goal of the season, taking the ball past Elvedi to go one-on-one with Omlin and slotting past.
Frimpong scores - but it's offside
Leverkusen launch another quick attack that Gladbach just cannot get a handle on. Frimpong slots the ball in but Diaby had been offside before slotting the ball across to him.
We'll see how Daniel Farke and Gladbach react
Alonso winning tactical battle so far
Ngoumou has a go
The France under-21 international is making only his second start for Gladbach in the absence of Thuram. He is supplied by Hofmann on the right but can't quite hit the target from a tight angle.
Intriguing derby clash
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Omlin at the ready
Gladbach's new goalkeeper shows just why they signed him - rushing out to deny Frimpong when Leverkusen looked poised to score a second on the break.
Test for Daniel Farke's Foals
Gladbach had controlled the game early on while looking a little wary of Leverkusen's pace. The away strike might force the hosts to throw more men forward.
Leverkusen draw first blood
It had been a subdued start for Xabi Alonso's side, but they pounce on a quick attack. Hlozek turned and sent a shot into the post from the edge of the box. Bakker reacted first to put the visitors into the lead.
Foals on front foot
The hosts have made the better of the opening stages. A Plea shot is turned behind for a corner and Weigl heads over from the resulting set-piece.
Another Gladbach midfielder has a pop from distance. Kone's shot is hit straight at Hradecky, however.
Weigl wants to strike
Julian Weigl is yet to find the net for Gladbach since joining on loan from Benfica. His early effort from outside the box goes well wide.
Safe feet Omlin
The Swiss goalkeeper's comfort on the ball is one reason Gladbach signed him to replace Yann Sommer. He gets a few early touches in as Gladbach circulate the ball all around the pitch and Leverkusen chase.
An eagerly awaited Rhine derby is underway as Leverkusen kick off.
The players are out
The green, white and black flags are fluttering all across the stands at an expectant Borussia Park. Kick-off is imminent in the Rhine derby.
All the pre-match headlines had been about talented Leverkusen youngster Florian Wirtz - who has recovered from a ten-month injury nightmare. He could make his return today after being named on the bench. Jonas Omlin makes his first start in Gladbach's goal after signing from Montpellier to replace Yann Sommer.
Olschowsky, Friedrich, Herrmann, Wolf, Stindl, Netz, Jantschke, Scally, Neuhaus
Gladbach starting XI
Omlin - Lainer, Itakura, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Weigl, Kone - Hofmann, Kramer (c), Ngoumou - Plea
Lunev, Lomb, Tah, Azmoun, Demirbay, Amiri, Hudson-Odoi, Sinkgraven, Wirtz, Bellarabi
Leverkusen starting XI
Hradecky (c) - Kossounou, Tapsoba, Hincapie - Frimpong, Andrich, Palacios, Bakker - Adli - Diaby, Hlozek
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IT'S DERBY DAY
Rub your hands together, Bundesliga fans, for the Rhine derby is almost upon us! Gladbach against Leverkusen rarely disappoints and we seem certain to be in for one more scintillating watch here.
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