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Borussia Mönchengladbach – 1. FSV Mainz 05 0: 1: Aaron with a dream free kick! Broke for decimated foals



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Borussia Mönchengladbach conceded the first defeat under the new coach Daniel Farke. Mainz 05 climbs to fifth place thanks to the 1-0.

Daniel Farke stood petrified on the sidelines in the last few minutes, congratulated his opponent Bo Svensson after his first defeat as coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach – and let the fans cheer him up for the next game.

“Away win! Away win!” shouted the supporters after the 0:1 (0:0) against FSV Mainz 05. The next opponent, however, is surprise table leaders SC Freiburg. “It was unfortunate for us. Small things that decide football were not on our side,” said Bundesliga returnee Julian Weigl DAZN after the first bankruptcy of the season, with which the Gladbachers missed the best start since the glory days of Vogts and Heynckes.

Aaron Martin (55th) shot the guests to their third win of the season and fifth place with ten points. FSV sports director Martin Schmidt saw his team as “above all combative, willing and courageous”. Immediately before Mainz took the lead, Gladbach defender Ko Itakura saw the red card for an emergency brake. Borussia is therefore only ninth in the table with eight points – a win over Mainz would have meant the best gallop for the foals since the last championship season in 1976/77.

Gladbach: First red for Itakura, then a goal

As expected, Gladbach’s last-minute additions Weigl and Nathan N’Goumou took a seat on the bench, both coming on in the closing stages. Compared to the 1-1 draw at series champions Bayern Munich, Farke alone brought Ramy Bensebaini for Luca Netz.

The majority of the 51,210 spectators in Borussia Park and Farke did not agree with the initial phase. Mainz attacked Gladbach, who were strong at home, early on and created the first big chance through Silvan Widmer, who forced his Swiss compatriot Yann Sommer to make a brilliant save with a header from a few meters (7th).

Sommer, who with his 267th Bundesliga appearance replaced the Swede Ronnie Hellström as foreign record keeper in the upper house, not only in this scene continued his incredible 19 saves from the previous week at Bayern.

After 15 minutes, the 05ers had already fired six shots on goal, the team from the Lower Rhine barely got into the opposing half. After that, however, Gladbach gradually found order and control, the resurgent Marcus Thuram sent the first sign of life from the home side with a double chance (23rd).

Farke was still dissatisfied, he gesticulated wildly and kicked over an aluminum suitcase. But his team continued to improve, after a counterattack Thuram’s shot caressed the top of the bar (30′).

After an air hole in Mainz’s Maxim Leitsch, Thuram had a free rein in the 34th minute. Instead of finishing, the Frenchman decided to pass to Florian Neuhaus, who had run with him, Dominik Kohr cleared the unclean pass.

After the break, Gladbach had to make two changes due to injury, Nico Elvedi and Alassane Plea couldn’t continue. Captain Lars Stindl made his comeback after an injury break.

Shortly thereafter, Gladbach was down to ten after Itakura’s emergency brake against Karim Onisiwo. Aaron converted the free kick that followed as soft as butter. Gladbach had to take even more risks, national player Jonas Hofmann didn’t hit the ball properly in front of Zentner (65′).

Borussia Mönchengladbach – FSV Mainz 05: The voices of the coaches

Daniel Farke (Borussia Monchengladbach): “I didn’t like the spirit in the first 20 minutes. But we showed great character and we believed in it until the end. We’re self-critical about the opening phase, but overall we deserved more than zero points. We’ll get back up .”

Bo Svensson (FSV Mainz 05): “We played a good first half, but we failed to create more good chances to score. We didn’t play that cleverly in the majority phase after the goal and maybe we were a bit lucky.”

Borussia Mönchengladbach – FSV Mainz 05: The data of the game

Moenchengladbach: Summer – Scally (82nd Ngoumou), Itakura, Elvedi (46th Friedrich), Bensebaini – Kramer, Kone (87th Weigl) – Hofmann, Neuhaus, Plea (52nd Stindl) – Thuram. – Trainer: Farke

Mainz: Zentner – Bell, Alexander Hack, Leitsch (81st Fernandes) – Widmer, Barreiro (58th Fulgini), Kohr, Martin – Burkardt (76th Burgzorg), Lee (58th Stach) – Onisiwo (81st Mustapha). – Coach: Svensson

Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach)

Goal: 0-1 Martin (55′)

Yellow cards: Kone (2) – Barreiro, Lee, Kohr, Centner

Red card: Itakura (Mönchengladbach) after an emergency brake (53.)