Borussia Mönchengladbach moved into the last 16 of the DFB Cup thanks to a clinical 2-0 win away to FC Schalke 04.
FC Schalke 04 0-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach
Goals: 0-1 Stindl (42’), 0-2 Hazard (53’)
Keen to put last Sunday’s 3-1 Bundesliga defeat to Gladbach behind them, Schalke went all-out attack at the Veltins Arena, with Sead Kolasinac, Franco Di Santo and Junior Caicara all bringing strong saves out of the mask-clad Yann Sommer. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar spurned a golden opportunity and headed against the woodwork in the space of just 60 seconds, before Sommer once again foiled Di Santo. Gladbach had offered little, but took the lead late in the half when Stindl pounced on a mistake by Joel Matip and finished with aplomb.
Stindl was involved again as Gladbach doubled their lead eight minutes into the second half. The former Hannover 96 captain drew the foul from Schalke goalkeeper Michael Gspurning and, after the referee pointed to the penalty spot, up stepped Thorgan Hazard with his second goal in as many DFB Cup outings. Ibrahima Traore and Hazard went close from range, while Schalke’s best chance fell to Huntelaar, the Dutchman unable to find a way past the exceptional Sommer.
Man of the match
Stindl is a worthy candidate, but the result might have turned out differently were it not for Sommer’s heroics. The Schalke players, especially Huntelaar, will have nightmares about Gladbach’s masked custodian.
Gladbach march on, but Schalke were the masters of their own downfall after missing a hatful of chances and making a pair of costly defensive errors.
- Gladbach have won all six of their domestic outings under caretaker coach Andre Schubert.
- Stindl has scored three goals in his last three games in all competitions.
Schalke: Gspurning - Riether (Sane 55’), Höwedes, J. Matip, Aogo - Goretzka, Kolasinac (Höjbjerg 77’) - Junior Caicara (Choupo-Moting 84’), M. Meyer - Di Santo, Huntelaar
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb (A. Dominguez 64’), A. Christensen, Jantschke, Wendt - Nordtveit, G. Xhaka - Traore, Hazard (Dahoud 76’)- Stindl - Drmic (Johnson 46’)