Eintracht Frankfurt could not find a way past a determined Borussia Mönchengladbach as the pair fought out a goalless draw in which Marco Fabian saw his penalty saved by Yann Sommer, and Tobias Strobl was sent off.
Red card: Strobl 85'
Frankfurt went close to taking the lead within seconds of kick-off when Gladbach ‘keeper Yann Sommer tipped Ante Rebic’s deflected shot over his crossbar. Dieter Hecking’s side resisted the hosts for the rest of the half with a determined defensive effort, to main threat to which came when Taleb Tawatha’s header hit the base of the post.
The Foals continued to keep Frankfurt at bay after the break, but a sublime pass from Marco Fabian gave Branimir Hrgota a shooting chance that Sommer was equal to with a fine stop low to his right. But the Gladbach keeper’s best moment came when, following Oscar Wendt’s handball, he dived to right his right to make an excellent penalty save to deny Fabian. Gladbach closed out the game with 10 men after Tobias Strobl was sent off for a second yellow card.
Man of the match
Yann Sommer’s saves early in each half were excellent, but his effort to thwart Fabian’s fiercely-hit penalty was truly outstanding.
There will be frustration at the Commerzbank Arena, as a win would have moved Niko Kovac’s side above Cologne into sixth place and a European spot. Gladbach are only four points off the second UEFA Europa League qualifying place after a solid display that ended a run of two straight defeats.
- Frankfurt's Argentine defender David Abraham made his 100th appearance in the Bundesliga.
- Frankfurt are without a win in four home games, collecting just two points.
- Mönchengladbach are unbeaten in five against Eintracht.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Hradecky, Chandler, Abraham, Vallejo, Tawatha (Hector 76'), Oczipka, Mascarell, Gacinovic (Barkok 90'), Fabian, Hrgota, Rebic (Seferovic 68').
Gladbach: Sommer, Wendt, Jantschke (Elvedi h-t), Vestergaard, Christensen, Strobl, Hofmann (Herrmann 68'), Dahoud, Raffael, Stindl, Hazard (Hahn 81')
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Watch: Marco Fabian is determined to bounce back after his penalty miss