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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 Eintracht Frankfurt

A screamer from Arango and a clinical finish from De Jong sealed Borussia Monchengladbach's second win of the season

Arango celebrates his fantastic goal
After struggling to find their form and team chemistry, Monchengladbach were able to pull off a home win. Their home defeat at the hands of Turkish side Fenerbahce that came straight after a hammering from Borussia Dortmund. The Foals were able to pick themselves up and dust themselves off as they played host to Eintracht Frankfurt in the seventh round of the Bundesliga.

A notable absence from the home side was Hanke, who had been dropped from the team for disciplinary reasons and Hermann who was still out after missing the European fixture with a thigh strain. Dominguez returned to the side after he suffered from a light head injury and Stranzl returned after his suspension when he saw red against Hamburg.
Eintracht started with nearly an identical lineup to the one that had been getting them the results they needed. They were undefeated going into this fixture, but they were wary of the threat that Gladbach imposed. Throughout the match, Occean proved to be crucial in their attack, threatening ter Stegen on several occasions and coming closest to getting Frankfurt on the score sheet. His early efforts in the opening minutes suggested that the visitors were going to dictate the flow of the game, but Venezuelan veteran Arango had different plans.
Taking advantage of a sloppy pass from the Frankfurt midfield just at the top of the eighteen, he sent a powerful shot that curled into the top corner. By far the best goal for Gladbach this campaign and one that will certainly contend for goal of the week. With just eight minutes gone, despite sitting back on their heals as Frankfurt pounded on their defensive line, Gladbach had the lead.
Frankfurt continued to dominate. They were able to possess much better than the home side and they were better in the air, winning a majority of the balls that were fed up to the top of Gladbach's attacking half from ter Stegen. De Jong was in need of a goal, needing to boost both his confidence and the faith of the coaching staff and fans. In recent weeks the Gladbach midfield have had troubles adapting to his sneaky and technical style, rather than the speedy runs they used last season when Reus was up front. On the counter, De Jong got on the end of a through ball and cooly put it far post into the side netting, giving his side the 2-0 lead in the 24th minute.
The second half was much more balanced than the first, but despite getting more attacks than they had pulled off in the first 45, Gladbach were unable to score another to add to their tally. They were, however, able to keep a clean sheet and hand Eintracht Frankfurt their first defeat of the season.

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