After Havard Nordtveit had given the hosts an early lead, second-half goals from Marc Stendera, Alexander Meier and Takashi Inui secured three points for Thomas Schaaf's men, who inflicted a second consecutive defeat on the Foals.
From hero to zero
Despite a first loss of the season on Matchday 11, Borussia Mönchengladbach bossed the opening exchanges, with Nordtveit’s deflected left-footed strike giving them a deserved sixth-minute lead. They retained the upper hand, with efforts from Max Kruse and Granit Xhaka going close, but the visitors battled back as the half wore on. Haris Seferovic enjoyed the best of the Eagles’ chances, but as a whole, they were limited by Gladbach’s pressing game which should have brought a goal for Andre Hahn before the break.
Hahn also spurned the first chance of the second period, after which the game turned completely on its head. Stendera notched his first Bundesliga goal to equalise for Frankfurt in the 54th-minute with a brilliant low strike from the edge of the box. Three minutes later, Schaaf’s men were ahead when Meier tapped home from close-range. Despite Gladbach’s best efforts to hit back, goalkeeper Yann Sommer gave the ball away cheaply in the 73rd-minute and Inui made no mistake to make it 3-1. By the time Xhaka received his marching orders in injury time, Gladbach’s unbeaten home record had been ended and Frankfurt picked up their first win in five games.
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