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GAME OVER !
The roars sound out around Borussia-Park! Gladbach have triumphed in the Rhine Derby against Cologne with something to spare. The visitors were neck and neck with the Foals until Kainz's first-half sending off. From that point on, Borussia took control and they were worthy of the three points that takes them to sixth in the standings.
THURAM ON TARGET
Thuram scores ! The Gladbach striker has had enough chances in this game to score and he finally gets a goal, connecting with Plea's centre with the outside of a boot to send the ball high into the net. Gladbach lost 5-1 last weekend. They're winning 5-2 here!
Well now. Gladbach fail to clear their lines and the ball is allowed to bounce all the way to Huseinbasic, who takes a touch with his head before slamming home from close range. Are Cologne back in this?
SCALLY OFF INJURED
Bad news for Joe Scally here with the USMNT man having to come off with what looks like a calf injury.
20 times under pressure
BENSEBAINI MAKES SURE
There's number four. The Foals flick it about outside the area before working the ball wide to Hofmann, who centres for Bensebaini. The Algerian has the simplest of tasks to finish from close range. That's his second of the day.
Mark Uth is on for his first Bundesliga appearance of the season.
GLADBACH GOING SIXTH
The Foals are content to roll it around here as their fans sing their appreciation. Should they see this one out, and it looks very likely they will, Daniel Farke's men will be up to sixth in the standings, level on points with Werder Bremen, who took today's hosts to town last weekend.
Adamyan goes down in the Gladbach box under a challenge from Scally. The Cologne man has a glance at the ref, who waves play on.
Joe Scally Linton Maina
UNWANTED FC STAT
This is the first time all season that Cologne have conceded more than two goals in a game.
Skhiri downs Kone in full flow and goes into the notebook.
Triple swap for the visitors, who need a bit of a miracle to rescue something from this game now. Not only are Cologne playing with ten here, they're facing a Gladbach side that are thirsty for more goals.
Hofmann frees Thuram, who swipes wide of the target when right in front of goal. The flag goes up anyway.
Thuram spins and whips a shot at goal but Kilian gets a crucial toe on the ball to deflect it wide.
GLADBACH ON FIRE
Oooh, so close to four. Hofmann rifles in a cross in from the right and it looks to be on a plate for Thuram, who lets the ball run across his body and fails to make a touch. That was a big opportunity for the French forward.
The home fans are roaring off Lars Stindl, as he makes his way towards the touchline to be replaced by Alassane Plea.
What an absolute hit from Lars Stindl !! The Gladbach No.13 takes control of the ball after all sorts of messing around in possession from both teams. He has a look up and batters a shot from downtown past Schwäbe. The stadium erupts.
The referee signals the start of the second half at Borussia-Park.
Take a deep breath. That was INTENSE! Borussia hit the front with a Friedrich header only for Cologne to strike back from the spot shortly afterwards, Kainz converting. The Billy-Goats' goalscorer then got himself into all sorts of bother, conceding a penalty at the other end and then being shown a second yellow card. Bensebaini subsequently put the home side back in front! It's been a Rhine Derby to remember thus far!
GLADBACH IN FRONT
Phew! What a hectic game this has been so far! Bensebaini rolls the coolest of penalties you'll ever see right into the corner. Schwäbe went the wrong way.
Well, well, well. Disaster for the visitors. Kainz is shown a second yellow for that foul and off he goes.
Cologne look to clear and with both Kainz and Hofmann watching a dropping ball inside the area, the former muscles in on his opponent with a bit too much force. Penalty, says the ref.
The hosts have a spot kick now, though ....
APPEAL WAVED AWAY
Gladbach previously wanted a penalty when the ball bounced up against the back of Kilian's arm. Nothing doing, says the ref.
Kramer tries to catch Cologne out with a quick free kick from the edge of the area but the visitors are wise to that and clear their lines.
LJUBICIC LIMPS OFF
Ljubicic is limping off the field after that cruncher with Bensebaini. His game is over. Schindler is coming on.
Dejan Ljubicic and Ramy Bensebaini have a nasty collision and both are down receiving treatment. There's a yellow card waiting to be delivered to the latter once he's on back to his feet.
THURAM ON THE HUNT
Thuram runs and runs and then runs some more. The France forward cuts outside and has a look at the target. He's aiming to score a worldie here. Alas, his shot curls over the crossbar.
Kainz sends Sommer the wrong way from the penalty spot and the Billy-Goats are level !
PENALTY GIVEN !
Kainz goes down in the box and the visitors have a spot kick!
COLOGNE PENALTY ?
VAR are currently checking a possible penalty for Cologne ....
GLADBACH LEAD !
The hosts hit the front! The Bundesliga's most dangerous team from corner kicks, Gladbach are in the lead from just such a set-piece. Hofmann's corner into the middle is nodded home by Friedrich and Cologne are playing catch up.
Scally races forward on the right flank, has a look up and tries to arc a pass in for the onrushing Thuram. Kilian gets a crucial touch on the ball to clear Cologne lines.
Kainz scampers down the left before lifting a cross/shot towards the far post. There is a moment of panic inside the Gladbach area before the ball drops harmlessly away from danger.
Hector's cross from the left towards Tigges is cleared by a Friedrich diving header. The subsequent corner comes to nothing.
Kainz wallops Joe Scally to the floor and that's going to be a yellow card for the Cologne man. Electric start to this game.
Here come Gladbach! Thuram jinks through through on the left and only has Schwäbe to beat. The Foals' frontman rolls a disappointing finish at the target and the keeper saves handily enough.
VISITORS IN CONTROL
Jonas Hector crosses from the left and Tigges heads over the top. Strong start from the visitors here.
Stindl with a risky follow-through challenge on Schmitz and the Gladbach man goes into the ref's notebook.
COLOGNE SET PIECE
A Cologne corner taken by Florian Kainz evades everyone in the box and Gladbach clear easily.
Timo Hübers, dear me! The Cologne defender sends a wayward back pass past his 'keeper and Christoph Kramer almost nips in to take advantage. Hübers recovers in the nick of time. That was close to disaster for Cologne.
KICK OFF !
We're underway at Borussia-Park.
Both teams are given a rapturous welcome and we await the ref's whistle to get this Matchday 9 match underway.
Borussia-Park is ROCKING ahead of kick off. A packed house here as we await the appearance of both teams. The sun is out and we're all set for today's action.
Corners might have a big role to play in today's encounter at Borussia-Park. The hosts are the No.1 team in the Bundesliga in terms of the danger they create from corners, the Foals a full 59% above the league average. Cologne, meanwhile, are the third-best team in the division when it comes to creating danger from corner kicks.
GLADBACH TEAM NEWS
Just like their opponents today, Gladbach have also named the same starting 11 to that which began on Matchday 8. In fact, this is the third game in a row in which Daniel Farke's Foals remain unchanged.
COLOGNE TEAM NEWS
Urbig, Pedersen, Soldo, Martel, Huseinbasic, Schindler, Uth, Adamyan, Dietz
COLOGNE STARTING XI
Schwäbe - Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector (c) - Skhiri, Ljubicic - Maina, Duda, Kainz - Tigges
Sippel, Lainer, Netz, Jantschke, Ngoumou, Reitz, Herrmann, Plea, Sanches
GLADBACH STARTING XI
Sommer - Scally, Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini - Kone, Weigl, Kramer - Hofmann, Thuram, Stindl (c)
In terms of their Bundesliga form, Cologne followed a 1-1 draw away to Bochum with last weekend's fantastic 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund. If the visitors manage to pull off a victory here, they would go level on points with Bayern Munich and Dortmund in the top-flight standings.
Gladbach were ticking along nicely under Daniel Farke, until they suffered a tonking at the hands of Werder Bremen last time out. A 5-1 reverse at the Weserstadion will have caused the Foals to wobble and how they will react today is one of the fascinating sub plots to this encounter.
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