Eintracht Frankfurt has conquered the Borussia-Park fortress with counter-football from the textbook and got a broad chest for the Champions League. Thanks to a furious first half, the Hessians won 3:1 (3:0) in Mönchengladbach and climbed to fourth place in the table.
Denmark’s Jesper Lindström with his first Bundesliga brace (6th/45th) and Frenchman Eric Dina Ebimbe with his first Bundesliga goal (29th) made things clear early on. The 3-0 lead was the highest half-time lead in a Frankfurt Bundesliga away game since May 1977 (5-0 in Essen). After the change of sides, the Europa League winner was able to save himself for the home game against Olympique Marseille on Wednesday, Marcus Thuram’s connection (72nd) came too late.
Four days after the bitter cup knockout at second division Darmstadt 98, Gladbach disappointed again. After four wins from five home games, the Foals slipped into mid-table.
Frankfurt is “probably the team in the best form” in the league, said Gladbach coach Daniel Farke before the game. As if to prove it, Eintracht got off to a flying start in an extremely lively early phase: after a counterattack, the ball landed quite happily in front of Lindström’s feet, who pushed in from close range.
Almost in return, Gladbach’s top scorer Marcus Thuram had the equalizer on his feet, but failed in front of Kevin Trapp at the Eintracht goalkeeper (9th). Even after the turbulent beginning, the 53,019 spectators were offered the best entertainment. Tough duels alternated with fine moves, Lars Stindl also failed with a direct acceptance by Trapp (22nd).
Gladbach – Frankfurt: Game interrupted because of “Spidercam”.
Referee Daniel Siebert now had his hands full getting the emotions on both sides under control. Eintracht remained ice cold and drove one dangerous counterattack after the other, after a corner Dina Ebimbe was there with a header. When Lindström scored his fifth goal of the season just before the break, whistles could be heard in Borussia Park for the first time this season.
After the break, there was no sign of Borussia catching up, only Thuram’s goal caused a little tension. The Frenchman has scored in four consecutive Bundesliga games for the first time in his career and has already scored eight goals this season.
In the 77th minute it got strange again: because a rope from the “Spidercam” hanging over the lawn had come loose and was hanging down, the game had to be interrupted for about seven minutes. Only when the camera had been completely dismantled could the game continue.
Fladbach – Eintracht Frankfurt: The data for the game
Moenchengladbach: Sippel – Scally (90 + 2 Herrmann), Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Weigl, Kone (70 Netz) – Stindl (70 Ngoumou), Kramer, Plea – Thuram. – Trainer: Farke
Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Jakic, Ndicka – Dina Ebimbe, Kamada (Rode 53), Sow, Lenz – Lindstrom (Alidou 83), Mario Götze – Kolo Muani (Borre 83). – Trainer: Glasner
Referee: Daniel Siebert (Berlin)
Gates: 0-1 Lindstrom (6′), 0-2 Dina Ebimbe (29′), 0-3 Lindstrom (45′), 1-3 Thuram (72′)