Freiburg 3-1 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goals: 1-0 Petersen (1’, pen), 1-1 Hazard (20’, pen), 2-1 Waldschmidt (57’), 3-1 Höler (90’+4)
Neither side had any time to size the other up in this clash before Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer brought down Waldschmidt inside the box and the home side were awarded a penalty. Germany international Nils Petersen stepped up to give Freiburg the lead inside 59 seconds. Twenty minutes later it was roles reversed when Borussia captain Lars Stindl was taken down by Dominque Heintz inside the Freiburg area and Hazard levelled proceedings from 12 yards with his eighth competitive goal of the season.
It took a little longer for a goal than in the first half, but again Freiburg took the lead, this time with a clinical counter-attack after Stindl was dispossessed in midfield. Janik Haberer raced free down the right before cutting the ball back to the edge of the box, where Waldschmidt showed excellent technique to sweep home past Sommer for his second goal of the season – the first time he’s ever netted more than once in a Bundesliga campaign. And the former Hamburg man played his part in almost adding a third when he broke away down the left and put in a teasing ball across the face of goal, but it bounced just inches beyond the reach of substitute Roland Sallai. It didn’t matter, however, when substitute Lucas Höler intercepted a Sommer clearance and fired the ball into an empty net from just over the halfway line to give Freiburg their third win of the season and move them, at least overnight, into the top half of the Bundesliga table.
- Petersen’s goal inside 59 seconds was only the third quickest of this Bundesliga campaign after Jean-Kevin Augustin vs. Borussia Dortmund and Jerome Gondorf vs. VfB Stuttgart.
- However, it was the German’s fastest of his Bundesliga career, and his first inside the opening 10 minutes of a game.
- Hazard is now Gladbach’s top scorer in the league this season with five goals alongside Alassane Plea.
- The Belgian has scored five goals in his last six games.
- Freiburg have only lost one of their 17 Bundesliga home games against Gladbach (W11, D5), and have won eight of their last nine meetings at the Schwarzwald-Stadion.
- The Foals have scored at least once in their last 15 Bundesliga matches, stretching back to last season. That's currently the longest scoring run of any top-flight club.
Freiburg: Schwolow – Kübler, Gulde, Heintz, Günter – Koch – Frantz (c) (Sallai 70’), Haberer (Höler 89’), Höfler, Waldschmidt (Lienhart 90’+2) – Petersen
Unused subs: Flekken, Terrazzino, Stenzel, Ravet
Absentees: Gondorf (hamstring), Borello (cruciate ligament), Stanko (knee), Niederlechner (ankle)
Coach: Christian Streich
Gladbach: Sommer – Lang (Traore 79’), Ginter, Elvedi, Wendt – Hofmann, Strobl (Neuhaus 65’), Zakaria – Hazard, Stindl (c), Plea (Herrmann 46’)
Unused subs: Sippel, Kramer, Johnson, Jantschke
Absentees: Villalba (shoulder)
Coach: Dieter Hecking