Borussia Mönchengladbach has been unable to take down the home complex in the Bundesliga and loses valuable points in the fight for the Champions League. After three defeats in front of their own home crowd, the Gladbachers did not get past the SC Freiburg on Friday evening over a 1-1 (1-1). In front of 46 832 spectators in the Borussia Park, the former Gladbach professional Vincenzo Grifo scored the opening goal for the visitors (10). Alassane Pléa (16) scored for the now four home games winless team from Niederhein.
Borussia goalkeeper Yann Sommer said: "We played against a defensively very stable side and we do not manage to put pressure on us to clear the ball." euro Sport, "On the whole, the danger was missing," added the Swiss.
Although Gladbach climbed for the time being to third place. However, if Eintracht Frankfurt beats Nuremberg on Sunday, their lead over Europa League would be reduced to just one. Freiburg is practically saved at eleven in 31 points. "I was happy and with the point all the more," said Grifo. Gladbach was not in a good mood lately, we took advantage of that, "added the Freiburg scorer. His coach Christian Streich spoke of a "mature performance".
Gladbach coach Dieter Hecking had no reason to change his starting line-up after a 1-0 win in Mainz, especially as national player Matthias Ginter, who was nominated for the two internationals next week, is not yet fully fit. The Brazilian Raffael, who is in training again after 14 days of injury, came into the game for the final phase, Hecking initially gave his recently unclear striker confidence.
The Freiburg had to make two changes due to larger staff worries on the defensive, it celebrated center-back Keven Schlotterbeck a successful start-up debut. The team of coach Christian Streich came into the game well, acted from a compact cover and surprised the hosts with the early opening goal by Grifo. The former Gladbach professional scored with a shot from 15 meters, which jumped from the inside post on the line, the 1-0 for the guests on preparatory work by Pascal Stenzel.
The hosts put the gap quickly and came through the first eye-catching attack move over Denis Zakaria and Thorgan Hazard to compensate for the eleventh goal of the season from Pléa. However, the 1-1 was recognized because of a possible offside of Hazard only after video evidence. The Gladbacher were heavily against the variable defensive Freiburg, but brought the opponent but always with fast, direct game in danger. But opportunities offered Borussia in the tough game only a few. The Friborg deft deftly, made the rooms tight and also came to some good offensive actions, but it emitted little Torgefahr.
In addition, behind the strong defensive line was still goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow, who also made a sure impression and was able to parry in the 64th minute a shot from substitute Patrick Herrmann. So the hosts had to settle for the fair division of points in the end.