Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Fohlen display dominance over struggling Sinsheim side

Gladbach take care of Hoffenheim, putting their Bundesliga safety in doubt.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-1 TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: Fohlen display dominance over struggling Sinsheim side
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TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Borussia M'gladbach: (4-4-2) SOMMER; ELVEDI, CHRISTENSEN, NORDTVEIT, WENDT; TRAORE (JOHNSON 81'), DAHOUD, XHAKA, HAZARD (HERRMANN 84'); RAFFAEL (HOFMANN 88'), HAHN.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim: (4-3-3) BAUMANN; STROBL, SCHÄR, SÜLE, TOLJAN; RUDY, POLANSKI (SCHWEGLER 62'), AMIRI (OCHS 76'); UTH (VARGAS 67'), KRAMARIC, VOLLAND.
SCORE: 1-0, TOLJAN 7' (OG). 2-0, DAHOUD 45'. 2-1, KRAMARIC 54'. 3-1, HAHN 61'.
REFEREE: ROBERT HARTMANN. BOOKED: RUDY (20'), POLANSKI (40'), NORDVEIT (70') .

Following Borussia Mönchengladbach's 3-1 win, they are even closer to yet another season in the Champions League. However, Hoffenheim's place in the Bundesliga has come under threat.

Victory for André Schubert’s side has put them just one point behind fourth-placed Hertha BSC.

After a poor Hoffenheim performance, they are now just three points above Werder Bremen, who currently sit in the relegation play-off spot.

‘Gladbach take two goal lead into the break

Gladbach started the game off at a very high pace, with Granit Xhaka dictating play in the middle of the park. Just seven minutes into the half and the foals had the lead, after a cross from Oscar Wendt into the box, Hoffenheim’s Jeremy Toljan put the ball into the back of his own net under pressure from Andre Hahn.

Hoffenheim managed to test the ‘Gladbach shot-stopper Yann Sommer several times from range, however none of the chances were too hard for him to deal with.

Just on the edge of half-time the Foals were presented with three incredible chances to score. The first of which came in the 40th minute; a great in-swinging ball from a free-kick fell to Havard Nordtveit in acres of space just ten yards out, but his attempt was just wide of the target.

One minute later and the hosts had yet another chance to double their lead. Following great run from Raffael, the Brazilian managed to free up some space to take a shot, however his attempt to Oliver Baumann’s near post clipped the woodwork and went out of play.

On the edge of half-time ‘Gladbach finally managed to double their lead, once again Raffael was involved in the play. His shot forced a save out of Baumann, who could only parry the ball to the German youngster, Mahmoud Dahoud. He coolly finished the ball into the empty net from just five yards out.

Raffael nets his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season. Image credit: Kicker - Getty
Raffael nets his 14th Bundesliga goal of the season. Image credit: Kicker - Getty

Foals counter-attack too much for Hoffenheim to contain

Hoffenheim came into the second-half on the attack, knowing an early goal would give them a greater chance of overcoming the two-goal deficit. Nine minutes into the second-half and TSG did just that. The in-form Hoffenheim frontman, Andrej Kramaric, added to his goal tally for the season. Following a tricky run from Kevin Volland, the German under-21 captain found the Leicester loanee who finished calmly. 

However, just a few moments later and Mönchengladbach were back on the scoresheet, this time through André Hahn. Tobias Strobl lost the ball through Dahoud’s pressure who immediately played Hahn through on goal, and his attempt left Baumann stood watching. The Foals continued to create chances for themselves, pressing high, with Xhaka exploiting Hoffenheim on the counter-attack with his pin-point passing to either wing.

Luckily, for Hoffenheim, they conceded no more goals, following a dominant display from André Schubert’s side.