Match report: Frankfurt 1-3 Gladbach

Borussia Monchengladbach pulled off a comfortable 3-1 victory away to Eintracht Frankfurt in Saturday’s evening game as Germany’s Bundesliga returned following a two-month absence due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

It was all too easy for Borussia Monchengladbach in the opening 60 seconds as Alassane Plea exchanged passes with Jonas Hoffman before a well-angled shot across Kevin Trapp’s goal into the far corner to give the visitors the lead.

The visitors hadn’t broken a sweat and were two up inside six minutes when Ramy Bensebaini was able to cut the ball back from the byline to pick out an unmarked Marcus Thuram in the six yard box to tap home.

Yann Sommer showed good reaction timing to deny Filip Kostic’s thunderbolt free kick midway through the first half with what was the home side’s only real threat in the opening 45 minutes.

Eintracht Frankfurt showed more determination to start the second half than they had shown in the first, but lacked the quality and support to Bas Dost. Rarely threatening Sommer’s goal at all, the game was beyond them 20 minutes from time when Breel Embolo was tripped inside the penalty area. Left-back Bensebaini’s effort beat Trapp despite the goalkeeper getting a hand to his effort.

Andre Silva scored a consolation in the final 10 minutes after a nice through ball from Sebastian Rode played the Portuguese striker in one-on-one before producing a cool finish. There was still time for Jonas Hoffman and teammates to go three-on-one with defender Martin Hinteregger and the Austrian defender somehow managed to make a goalline clearance.

Victory moves Borussia Monchengladbach up into third after RB Leipzig were held 1-1 at home to SC Freiburg earlier in the day. Marco Rose’s side are three points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who are away to Union Berlin on Sunday.

Eintracht Frankfurt are away to Bayern Munich next weekend, whilst Borussia Monchengladbach and their cardboard cutout fans host Bayer 04 Leverkusen.