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FOALS GALLOP ON
Game over in Gladbach. The hosts are up to sixth position after what was a pretty one-sided affair. A couple of Jonas Hofmann goals had the hosts purring in the first half while while Ramy Bensebaini's tasty finish in the second put the game to bed. Leipzig and Marco Rose have work to do.
TIME ALMOST UP
Schlager drags one wide of the far post from outside the area. Leipzig are ready to return to Saxony. We're running down the clock here.
Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 90 minutes
Hofmann has had the chances for his hat-trick here, no doubt. His latest effort comes with a drilled shot from the right that is deflected out by Gulacsi.
Huge applause for Stindl as he makes his way off to be replaced by Hannes Wolf. That was a top performance by the home team's No. 13, who weighed in with a goal assist. Sommer takes the captain's armband.
Hugo Novoa comes on to make his third Bundesliga appearance of the season.
NO GO, THURAM
Thuram goes down with Raum in close proximity. Up you get, the ref says to the Foals' forward. Nothing doing there.
ROSE DEEP IN THOUGHT
A penny for Marco Rose's thoughts, eh? The visiting coach is looking very pensive on that bench right now. A sweet 3-0 win against his former side Dortmund last week and now 3-0 down at Gladbach. The 46-year-old has plenty of work to do but Leipzig remain one of the division's big talents and will no doubt bounce back from this.
Gulacsi races a few miles outside of his area to greet Thuram and frustrate the Gladbach forward by thumping a through ball into the stands.
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SOMMER ALWAYS ALERT
Werner releases Szoboszlai but Sommer is there to save at the Hungarian's feet. Nice move from the visitors, nonetheless.
Poulsen is on for Silva, who has had some decent chances in this game and will feel disappointed not to have found the net. It's been one of those games for the visitors.
A bit of a scuffle between Henrichs and Stindl breaks into some afters and the ref shows no hesitation in showing both yellow cards.
Thuram goes all 'round the houses before rolling a dangerous pass across the face of the Leipzig goal. Raum hacks clear and Gladbach are forced to build again.
PARTY TIME IN GLADBACH
THURAM ON THE HUNT
Thuram will want a goal here, you feel. The forward flashes a shot straight into the arms of Gulacsi after a promising Gladbach build up.
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So, that's two goals for Bensebaini this term. The full back has never enjoyed a better start to a Bundesliga campaign in terms of scoring. Hats off to Stindl too after his first assist of the campaign.
A corner breaks for Stindl, who, from the edge of the are picks out Bensebaini. The Algerian controls wonderfully on his chest and lifts a delightful finish over Gulacsi. That might well be that.
Hofmann looks like he is in for that hat-trick but having won possession out wide, the Gladbach man's effort is saved by Gulacsi.
Kramer does a Messi out on the right, beating a couple before popping a pass up for Bensebaini who blooters off target.
Szoboszlai with a right-footed volley brings a save from Sommer, who bundles wide. The Gladbach keeper is calling for his teammates to focus and settle down.
LEIPZIG ON THE ATTACK
Leipzig are at it from the off. Raum lifts a cross into the mixer and Silva goes for the downward header with pace. Sommer saves and holds on at the second attempt.
AWAY WE GO !
Leipzig get us going in the second half. A double swap for Die Roten Bullen includes Timo 'Turbo' Werner's introduction.
That's the break. Leipzig started with a lot of intent but Gladbach grew more and more assured as the half wore on and Farke's men are more than good value for their 2-0 lead. Hofmann's two goals have the home fans buzzing.
Fastest runner (km/h)
Marcus Thuram David Raum
HOFMANN LIKES A DOUBLE
As if Willi Orban wasn't having a bad enough day. The Leipzig defender takes a Bensebaini shot right in the ... Willi Orbans and he goes down for the count.
TRIGGER HAPPY HOFMANN
Hofmann fancies a hat-trick, and why not? The Gladbach No.23 unleashes a long-range shot at goal that fizzes narrowly wide. Imagine if that had gone in?
A textbook breakaway goal for the Foals and it's 2-0. Thuram bounds forward and pokes a lovely pass in for Hofman who dinks a tasty finish past the advancing Gulacsi and into the corner. Borussia-Park erupts once more.
Nkunku bursts clear and bends a fine ball along the floor towards SIlva. Elvedi slides in and diverts that one away.
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Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes
Silva's header from Henrich's centre looks harmless enough, until it begins to dip. Sommer takes no chances and helps the ball over the bar. The resulting corner comes to nothing.
NO SILVA LINING
Oooh that was a good chance for Silva. Nkunku created the danger and the ball eventually broke for the Portuguese, who lashed wildly off target when well positioned.
HOFMANN THE DIFFERENCE
Silva is onto Forsberg's through pass like a hare but the Portugal international runs into Gladbach bouncers Friedrich and Sommer and there's no way through for the Leipzig man.
Leipzig set piece. Gvardiol with a header from close range but Sommer is there with the save. This is one entertaining game. End-to-end stuff.
At the other end, Szoboszlai's rasper from range has Sommer fumbling. There was an offside flag up in the build up in any case so Gladbach's No.1 can rest easy.
FOALS IN FRONT
There is the opener. Gulacsi is not going to be a happy goalkeeper when he sees this back. Thuram's downward header is good, but manageable. The Leipzig captain gets there but can only push it into the path of Hofmann who gladly gobbles up the chance from close range.
We mentioned corners might be key here and Nico Elvedi just draws a one-handed stop from Gulacsi from the set piece.
Thuram's barrelling strength allows the forward to cut the ball back for Stindl, whose effort is deflected wide. The subsequent corner is almost converted by Freidrich.
This is an intriguing battle already. Gladbach look like they've been well drilled on the Leipzig press, the hosts distributing the ball quickly. Any mistake here will be pounced on, however.
Leipzig are pressing hard, very hard. The visitors snaffle possession and Nkunku dinks a searching ball into the area that bounces away from danger.
SAFE HANDS GULACSI
Friedrich wellies one at goal straight from the off but that's never beating Gulacsi, who is already thinking about his distribution before he catches the ball.
GAME ON !
Gladbach kick off and we are underway ...
IT'S ALMOST TIME
Borussia-Park is ROCKING ! We're blessed with a truly superb atmosphere ahead of this Matchday 7 game in North Rhine-Westphalia. The players are in the tunnel. Not long to go now!
Interestingly, today's hosts are the division's corner specialists, generating a league-high of dangerous moments that averages some 74% better than the rest. Leipzig, meanwhile, are down the standings (16th) in defending corners so watch this particular space in terms of the Foals' goal prospects.
SOMMER IN SEASON
Gladbach will, of course, be expected to make the pace in this game but who wouldn't look forward to a battle between one of the Bundesliga's best 'keepers, Yann Sommer, and that Leipzig attack. Expect excitement!
TEAM NEWS - LEIPZIG
Leipzig coach Rose has made four changes to the side that lost out to Real Madrid during the week. Werner, Schlager, Simakan and Diallo are replaced by Silva, Kampl, Henrichs and Gvardiol for the visitors.
TEAM NEWS - GLADBACH
The Foals have made one change to the team that drew with Freiburg last week, with Elvedi replacing the injured Neuhaus. Elvedi will drop into the back for for Kramer, who'll resume his more familiar position in central midfield.
GLADBACH STARTING XI
Sommer - Scally, Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kone, Weigl, Kramer - Hofmann, Thuram, Stindl (c)
Olschowsky, Herrmann, Wolf, Lainer, Ngoumou, Netz, Jantschke, Reitz, Sanches
LEIPZIG STARTING XI
Gulacsi (c) - Henrichs, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum - Kampl, Haidara - Nkunku, Forsberg, Szoboszlai - Silva
Blaswich, Poulsen, Werner, Schlager, Ba, Diallo, Novoa
ROSE: "PUT IN A COMPLETE PERFORMANCE"
Rose also echoed Farke's sentiments - the two coaches have never met but had warm words for each other - insisting Leipzig will need an impressive all-round showing to take the three points: "We want to put in a complete performance, and win the ball back quickly when we lose possession. Gladbach are good at making their opponents run around a lot, to create space. It will be similar to what we faced against Dortmund and Real Madrid. We did some good things in those games and we're confident we can do the same again on Saturday. But it's not just about chasing the ball, we also want to make use of it ourselves. That's why it will be an exciting game."
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: LEIPZIG
Leipzig coach Marco Rose spent two seasons in charge of Gladbach (2019-21), winning just under half of his 88 competitive games in charge. He looks back on his time at the Borussia-Park with fondness: "It was a good time for me personally. I got to know some great people, the team qualified for the Champions League, Jonas Hofmann and Florian Neuhaus played for the national team for the first time when I was their coach. Things were moving in the right direction. But there was also the last six-month period where things didn't go so well. In the end we missed out on playing in Europe by one goal and came eighth. But I'm still in contact with a lot of people from the region and the club, players and staff. All in all, it was a very beautiful time."
FARKE: "WE HAVE TO DICTATE THE TEMPO OF THE GAME"
The Gladbach boss also touched on his game plan for Saturday: "We will need a sophisticated team performance. We can't afford to give the ball away too easily, because Leipzig are incredibly dangerous and fast on the counter. We will have to respond well to how they attack in deep areas, but we have to be dominant ourselves and dictate the tempo of the game, just like we did in the first half against Freiburg. Our finishing also needs to be more clinical, as you don’t get that many clear-cut chances against the top teams."
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: GLADBACH
Here's what Mönchengladbach coach Daniel Farke had to say about Leipzig in his pre-game press conference: "We're not a team competing at the very top level like RB Leipzig, but we still want to go toe-to-toe with our opponents on Saturday. When your fans are behind you, anything is possible in 90 minutes, especially as we’re in good shape. We will go into the match with the necessary respect. We’re looking forward to the challenge and we want to pick up points."
THE SEASON SO FAR
Eighth-placed Gladbach are winless in three, though they have taken points off Bayern Munich and Freiburg in that time. Those draws sandwich their only defeat of the campaign - a 1-0 home loss to Mainz. The Foals have also beaten Hoffenheim and Hertha Berlin, whilst drawing with promoted Schalke. Leipzig took five points from the first 15 on offer, before parting ways with head coach Domenico Tedesco. Rose's triumphant debut marked only their second win of the Bundesliga season, and lifted them up to 10th in the standings.
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