SC Freiburg stretched their unbeaten streak on home soil against Borussia Mönchengladbach to nine games courtesy of a thrilling 3-1 win at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
Christian Streich’s men showed no fear in the early exchanges as they put Gladbach under pressure from the get go. The hosts duly carved out the opening chances as Florian Niederlechner rattled the inside of the post before Vincenzo Grifo rounded Yann Sommer only to run out of space to get his shot off. The Foals' seemed short of ideas against their tenacious hosts, but broke the deadlock thanks to a moment of brilliance from Thorgan Hazard, whose curling effort handed the visitors a half-time lead.
Both teams came out of the dressing room with great intent, but Freiburg continued to look the more threatening side. Caglar Söyüncü's overhead kick almost levelled the scores, but the equaliser was not long in coming as Maximillian Philipp slalomed through Gladbach’s backline before finding the top corner. With both sides searching for a winner it was Philipp who made the difference as he bagged his brace on the half-volley five minutes from time. Nils Petersen still found time to add a third from the spot, sending Gladbach home empty handed.
Man of the Match
Maximilian Philipp may have provided the goalscoring heroics, but Caglar Söyüncü was the standout performer as he made his presence felt both at both ends of the pitch. A commanding outing at the back suggests the young Turkish centre-back has a bright future ahead of him.
Gladbach will be disappointed not to have given a better account of themselves, but take nothing away from the enterprising Freiburg. Streich's men put in a performance that suggests they are more than capable of of steering clear of an immediate return to the Bundesliga 2.
- Caglar Söyüncü won 90 per cent of his challenges and completed 91 per cent of his passes against Gladbach.Hazard’s opener was his first Bundesliga goal from outside the box. His previous five goals were all scored from inside the area.Philipp’s loves scoring at home - eight of his eleven goals for Freiburg have been scored in front of his own fans.
Freiburg: Schwolow - Stenzel, Guide, Söyüncü, Günther - Höfler (c), Frantz (Haberer 68') - Bulut, Grifo - Philipp, Niederlechner (Petersen 81')
Coach: Christian Streich
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi (Herrmann 77'), Christensen, Jantschke - Traore, Strobl, Kramer, Wendt - Hazard (Vestegaard 69'), Stindl (c), Raffael (Hahn 69')
Coach: Andre Schubert