Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Foals stride past below-par Eagles

The home side barely had to break sweat on Saturday afternoon.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-0 Eintracht Frankfurt: Foals stride past below-par Eagles
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Eintracht Frankfurt
Borussia M'gladbach: (4-4-1-1) Sommer; Elvedi, Christensen, Hinteregger, Johnson (Herrmann 86'); Stindl, Nordtveit (Korb 59'), Xhaka (Brouwers 72'), Hazard; Dahoud; Raffael.
Eintracht Frankfurt: (4-3-3) Hradecky; Regäsel, Abraham, Russ, Djakpa; Hasebe (Huszti 50'), Medojevic, Reinartz; Aigner (Castaignos 86'), Seferovic, Fabian (Kittel 54').
SCORE: 1-0, Stindl 36'. 2-0, Raffael 53'. 3-0, Dahoud 79'.
REFEREE: Michael Weiner (Hasede). Booked: Hasebe (36'), Abraham (76'), Dahoud (87'), Huszti (87').

Niko Kovac has plenty of work to do as Eintracht Frankfurt boss as they were brushed aside by Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Goals from Lars Stindl, Raffael and Mo Dahoud secured a three-nil win, after what was an uninspired showing from his new side.

The hosts dominated from start to finish, in a game that was littered with Frankfurt's individual errors.

Despite defeat to Wolfsburg last weekend, Gladbach and André Schubert opted to remain unchanged.

Frankfurt, in Kovac's first game in charge, made four alterations. Constant Djakpa, Slobodan Medojevic, Stefan Reinartz and Stefan Aigner came into the starting line-up for Carlos Zambrano, Bastian Oczipka, Marc Stendera and Szabolcs Huszti.

Stindl gives Gladbach the lead

The hosts were on top early on, in the first third of the opening period that seemed set to provide an opening goal for the Foals. Even though they put plenty of pressure on the visitors' defence, they could only force one meaningful chance. A lovely move involving Fabian Johnson and Raffael saw Lars Stindl go through on goal, though Lukas Hradecky produced a superb diving save to his left.

Frankfurt continued to put in a resolute defensive effort as the half drew on, as the home side became increasingly frustrated with a lack of clear-cut chances. After Stindl was denied again by the sprawling Hradecky and Martin Hinteregger fired the ball back into the danger-zone, it looked like he had given Gladbach the lead. However, Thorgan Hazard's outstretched boot did Frankfurt a massive favour, as he flicked his shot over the bar.

Eventually it would be third time lucky for Schubert's side and Stindl. A free-kick on the edge of the area from Raffael was poorly punched down by Hradecky, and straight into the feet of Stindl. He wasn't in the mood to be denied for a third time, forcing the ball home through a body of players to give his side a half-time lead.

Raffael celebrates the spectacular second goal. | Image credit: kicker - Getty Images
Raffael celebrates the spectacular second goal. | Image credit: kicker - Getty Images

Foals go further ahead

Even though there was no change at the break, Makoto Hasebe was quickly replaced after a shirt pull risked a second yellow card; Huszti was his replacement. Frankfurt also managed their first shot at goal in the minutes that followed the restart, as a Haris Seferovic header went off target.

Any signs of life were quickly sucked out of the Eagles, as another Hradecky mistake was clinically punished. He came out to clear a loose header from Stindl, but only succeeded in clearing the ball straight into Raffael's feet. The Brazilian took aim from 40 yards, curling the ball over the helpless Finn and into the open net.

That knocked the stuffing out of Kovac's side, who struggled to string any meaningful moves together in the aftermath. Stindl should have added to his tally as the game began to wind down, only to see his half-volley fly narrowly past the post. Frankfurt finally offered some resistance with 10 minutes to go, but Huszti's effort came back off the upright and Yann Sommer before slipping behind for a corner.

Gladbach would heap even more misery on their opponents before the final whistle. Stefan Reinartz gave the ball away, passing it straight to Johnson. The American found Mo Dahoud dancing down the left, before he cut inside and poked past Hradecky at his near post. That added some gloss to the score-line, as the hosts rose to within a point of third. Frankfurt, however, sit above the automatic relegation space by virtue of goals scored.