While chances were at a premium in a largely uneventful first half, Gladbach looked the more threatening side, with Juan Arango at the heart of most of their promising play.
The Venezuelan midfield maestro twice went close with free-kicks, and Thorben Marx and Patrick Herrmann both failed to get the better of Oliver Baumann from long range. Arango then went even closer, his volley forcing a brilliant reaction save from Baumann, before Max Kruse's cracker went just the wrong side of the post for Freiburg.
Lively second half
Both sides emerged for the second half rejuvenated, but it was the home team who struck the first blow as Igor de Camargo ghosted in unmarked at the far post to slot in from six yards. Freiburg's reaction was positive, but they seemed to lack ideas, with Jonathan Schmid and Caligiuri shooting wide from distance.
Lukas Rupp should twice have doubled their lead, missing an open goal after Hermann's skilful cross and then shooting just wide after a fine individual run. Yet Borussia proceeded to shoot themselves in the foot, as Arango fouled Oliver Sorg in the area and Caligiuri coolly converted the resulting penalty (77'). The midfielder could have even snatched a win, but he sent a swerving effort just wide before the final whistle.
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