Mönchengladbach - In the fight for fourth, Borussia Mönchengladbach's 2-1 home win over FC Schalke 04 at the Borussia Park might end up leaving a lasting blow. From penalties to red cards, and goals to unbeaten records, opinions were being aired left, right and centre come the final whistle.
bundesliga.com summarises the post-match reaction...
Raffael: It was my first goal and my first win against my former side, and because it was such an important game it's a great feeling to have won. At the moment it's going very well for us and the team, and such a winning record [eight home wins in succession] is something I've certainly never experienced before. On another note, it doesn't remotely matter who scores the goals, be it myself, Max Kruse or anyone - we're happy to be fourth.
Marc-Andre ter Stegen: I'm really happy at Borussia Mönchengladbach at the moment. We won the game, and that's the most important thing today.
Max Kruse: We picked up three very important points and I'm delighted we managed to put some more distance between ourselves and Schalke. We played well and despite the first goal defended well, too. We can obviously still improve, but the three points are what counted and the table makes for nice reading.
FC Schalke 04
Kevin-Prince Boateng: In the second half we fought well, we tried everything, and I can only praise the boys. We played well, and really battled.
Benedikt Höwedes: I actually think it was one of our best games away from home all season. We were very compact and didn't really allow them to play in the first 45 minutes; Kruse and Raffael couldn't really combine, apart from Raffael's wonder strike. I'm also not convinced it was a penalty and it's a shame that it changed the game.
Julian Draxler: We started well and a draw was a fair reflection until the contentious penalty was given. With ten men in the second half, we couldn't find the decisive push for victory, even though we tried everything.