Borussia Mönchengladbach were left to rue two penalty misses as they had to settle for a draw against struggling Hamburger SV, despite playing for over an hour with an extra man.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-0 Hamburger SV
Red card: Cleber (25')
Gladbach came into this game determined to bounce back from their heavy defeat to FC Schalke 04 before the international break. The Foals looked happier on home soil – where they were enjoying a run of 10 straight Bundesliga wins – and made the brighter start, with Oscar Wendt curling an early free-kick just over. The turning point arrived on 25 minutes, though, when Lars Stindl broke through and was brought down by Cleber. The Brazilian defender was shown a straight red card, but Andre Hahn's spot-kick was brilliantly saved by Rene Adler, keeping the sides level at the break.
Andre Schubert brought on Ibrahima Traore for Patrick Herrmann at half-time, and the pacey Guinean winger had an almost immediate impact, winning Gladbach another penalty just before the hour mark. This time, Stindl did the honours only to see his spot-kick rattle back off the crossbar. Hamburg, still chasing their first win of the campaign, were content to sit back with Adler forced to deny Stindl and Fabian Johnson before Wendt hit the post with a minute to go. In the end, the visitors weathered the storm, and held on for just their second point of the campaign.
Man of the Match
Not only did he save Hahn's penalty, Adler also kept out Stindl and Johnson in the second half as Gladbach laid siege to the Hamburg penalty area. The visiting goalkeeper played a big hand in finally ending his side's run of five Bundesliga defeats.
Not one but two missed penalties for Gladbach. Many fans at the BORUSSIA-PARK will have been left scratching their heads and wondering just how their side failed to extend their 10-match winning streak on home soil.
- Adler's penalty save was his first in the Bundesliga since 30 March 2014.This was the second time Gladbach have missed two penalties in a Bundesliga game. The first time was in 1984, in a 3-3 draw against Karlsruher SC. It is Hamburg's first clean sheet in the Bundesliga since April.
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Christensen, Elvedi - Dahoud (Hofmann 85'), Kramer - Herrmann (Traore 46'), Wendt - Stindl (c) - Johnson (Vestergaard 87'), Hahn
Coach: Andre Schubert
Hamburg: Adler (c) - Diekmeier, Spahic, Cleber, Douglas - Ekdal, Holtby - Müller, Hunt (Jung 80'), Kostic (Wood 74') – Lasogga (Sakai 63')
Coach: Markus Gisdol