Marcel Heller snatches late draw for Darmstadt at Borussia Mönchengladbach

Darmstadt pulled themselves back twice to earn a point on their Bundesliga farewell.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 Darmstadt

Goals:1-0 Hazard (50'), 1-1 Schipplock (62'), 2-1 Raffael (65'), 2-2 Heller (90')

The first real chance of the game at BORUSSIA-PARK did not arrive until after 23 minutes, with Lars Stindl's strike on goal stinging the hands of Daniel Heuer Fernandes in the Darmstadt goal. The goalkeeper, making his first start in the Bundesliga, showed his quality again to deny Fabian Johnson. The away side almost snatched the lead before the break through Marcel Heller, who had his header towards goal cleared off the line by Jannik Vestergaard.

The second half started in style with the scoring being opened five minutes after the restart. Hazard sent a cross into the box, intended for Stindl, which was not touched as it drifted into the bottom corner of Darmstadt's net for his sixth of the season. After some luck went against them, Darmstadt had some fortune of their own to draw the match level. Antonio-Mirko Colak's mis-timed header ricocheted off the knee of Sven Schipplock and into the net past Yann Sommer for his second goal of the season.

Gladbach, though, restored their lead only three minutes later through Raffael, who headed home Jonas Hofmann's cross to score his seventh goal of the season and the win looked to be heading to Gladbach until the final moments of the match. Marcel Heller earned Darmstadt only their fourth point on the road in the Bundesliga this season, latching on to a loose ball with a thunderous strike past Sommer.

Man of the Match

Thorgan Hazard ended his season with a fantastic team performance. While collecting a goal himself, he also had the most attempts on goal of any of his team. He proved his team his defensive qualities, too, recording the second-most tackles (14) for The Foals.

Talking Point

Gladbach finished the season with a draw, ending their chances of earning a place in the Europa League next season. Rivals Cologne halted their efforts by picking up all three points against Mainz. With no European football at BORUSSIA-PARK next season, it will be a chance for Dieter Hecking to concentrate his team on the Bundesliga in his first full season.

Match Stats

    The draw gives Darmstadt their first point against Gladbach in the four meetings between them in the Bundesliga.Darmstadt earned only their fourth point on the road in the Bundesliga this season.Gladbach finish 9th in the Bundesliga table, level on points with Werder Bremen and four points off a place in the Europa League for next season.


Gladbach:Sommer - Johnson, Christensen, Vestergaard, Schulz - Kramer, Dahoud - Hofmann, Hazard - Raffael, Stindl (c)

Coach: Dieter Hecking

Darmstadt:Heuer Fernandes - Sirigu, Bangaard, Höhn, Guwara - Gondorf (c), Altintop - Sam, Heller - Rosenthal - Colak

Coach: Torsten Frings