Eintracht Frankfurt burst onto this season's Bundesliga scene as Kevin-Prince Boateng rolled back the years with a first-half strike to fire the Eagles past a stunned Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 0-1 Eintracht Frankfurt
Goals: 0-1 Boateng (13')
Making his first start for the Eagles following his debut from the substitutes bench on Matchday 2, former Hertha Berlin, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke schemer Boateng provided the visitors with some much-needed menace up front. The 30-year-old had an effort ruled out for offside in the game’s opening minute but was soon celebrating his team’s opening goal of the campaign, knocking in from close range. Subdued for large parts, Gladbach looked under huge threat from Boateng and the lively Sebastien Haller but Dieter Hecking’s men eventually responded with Thorgan Hazard firing over.
The home coach adjusted his tactics - moving to a back three - after the break but the change failed to prove the desired response as the Foals suffered their first reverse of the campaign.
Man of the Match
Substituted early in the second half, Boateng's influence on this game was nonetheless impressive and he offered his team - who had failed to score in their opening two Bundesliga games - a different dimension which Niko Kovac will look to build upon in the coming weeks.
- Boateng had five of Eintracht's shots, more than any other player.Frankfurt finally scored their first goal of the season with their 33rd shot. Boateng's last Bundesliga goal came on 1 February 2014, in Schalke's 2-1 win against Wolfsburg.Frankfurt's win was their first in nine away games.
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Ginter, Vestergaard, Wendt (Villalba 83') - Herrmann (Bobadilla 67'), Zakaria (Hofmann 59'), Kramer, Hazard - Raffael, Stindl (c)
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Frankfurt: Hradecky - Salcedo, Abraham (c), Falette - Chandler, Fernandes (Russ 77'), Willems (Tawatha 80') - Gacinovic, de Guzman - Haller, K-P Boateng (Rebic 51')
Coach: Niko Kovac
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