Frankfurt - Borussia Mönchengladbach extended their winning run to four straight Bundesliga matches after beating Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1 away on Saturday evening.
Goals: 0-1 (Raffael 16’), 1-1 (Meier P. 29’), 1-2 (Dahoud 51’), 1-3 (Raffael 57’), 1-4 (Hahn 82’), 1-5 (Hahn 90')
Gladbach carried on where they had left off prior to the international break and started brightly away to Frankfurt. After a couple of early half-chances, the visitors look the lead when Raffael tucked in the rebound after Lars Stindl’s effort was saved by Lukas Hradecky. However, they only had themselves to blame for allowing Frankfurt back into the game.
Alvaro Dominguez’s pass back to Yann Sommer fell short, and the goalkeeper could only send Luc Castaignos tumbling as he tried to clear, paving the way for Alex Meier to convert the ensuing penalty. Mahmoud Dahoud restored Gladbach’s lead early in the second half with a deflected strike from the edge of the area, and Raffael put the game beyond doubt when he slotted in moments later from Dahoud’s through ball. Andre Hahn scored two goals late on to give Gladbach a margin of victory their dominance deserved.
Man of the match
Raffael’s clever movement across the attack disoriented Frankfurt’s high backline and was crucial to the Foals finding space to play in. The Brazilian also scored Gladbach’s all-important first and third goals to seal the victory.
After losing their first five league games of the season, Gladbach have now won each of their last four Bundesliga outings, with all four victories arriving under Andre Schubert’s watch as interim head coach. Furthermore, the only goals conceded under Schubert have been penalties (four).
- Raffael’s brace was a fitting way to mark his 200th Bundesliga appearance. It was also his fourth double so far in 2015.
- Gladbach have now conceded six penalties in the Bundesliga already this season, of which five have been scored.
- Dahoud scored only his second Bundesliga goal and provided his first ever assist in this game.
Frankfurt: Hradecky, Ignjovski (Chandler 52’), Abraham, Russ, Oczipka – Flum, Reinartz, Stendera (Djakpa 60’) – Meier – Seferovic, Castaignos (Aigner 60’)
Gladbach: Sommer – Korb (Jantschke 66’), Christiansen, Dominguez, Wendt – Traore, Dahoud (Nordtveit 85’), Xhaka, Johnson – Stindl, Raffael (Hahn 76’)