USMNT international Bobby Wood inspired Hamburg to come from behind to beat Borussia Mönchengladbach and earn some precious points in the battle for survival at the conclusion of Matchday 24.
After an open start to the game, it was Gladbach who took the lead midway through the first half when Andreas Christensen rose to head in Oscar Wendt's free-kick for his second goal in his last five games for the Foals. Wood and Lewis Holtby both saw goals ruled out for offside before Filip Kostic ensured it was a case of third time lucky for the hosts, his header bringing them level.
Wood continued to menace the Mönchengladbach defence as Hamburg turned the heat up a notch on their guests, Aaron Hunt also setting up chance after chance for the hosts. Gladbach were showing tiredness from their midweek Europa League exertions and holding on for a point, but they failed to go the distance as Wood, who had gone close with no fewer than five shots already, earned the Red Shorts victory from close range.
Man of the Match
Bobby Wood was a constant thorn in the side of the Gladbach defence, using his pace and great close control and dribbling to cause numerous openings for his side. The linesman's flag denied him some personal joy in the first half, but it always looked like the USMNT was going to create something before he scored the winner.
With northern rivals Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen both picking up points on Matchday 24, the ball was back in Hamburg's court, and they hit a winning return to join their rivals on 26 points in what promises to be a battle to the end of the season for survival.
- Gladbach started the game without their four best goalscorers this season: Lars Stindl (seven goals), Raffael (six), Thorgan Hazard (five) and Fabian Johnson (three).
- Kostic's goal was his first in 2017 and his first ever headed goal in the Bundesliga, out of a total of 11.
- Hamburg had previously picked up just one point this season in the 13 games in which they had fallen a goal behind.
- USMNT international Johnson came on for his 100th Bundesliga appearance.
Hamburg: Adler - Diekmeier, Papadopoulos, Jung, Ostrzolek - Ekdal, Sakai (c) - Hunt (80' Lasogga), Holtby (70' Gregoritsch), Kostic (88; Douglas Santos) – Wood
Coach: Markus Gisdol
Gladbach: Sommer – Elvedi (76' Jantschke), Christensen, Vestergaard, Wendt (c) - Kramer, Strobl – Herrmann (67' Hahn), Dahoud, Hofmann (57' Johnson) - Drmic
Coach: Dieter Hecking
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