Borussia Mönchengladbach has forgotten how to win: Even in the home game against newly promoted Werder Bremen, coach Daniel Farke’s team, which had started to falter, did not get more than 2: 2 (0: 0) despite leading twice. The Fohlenelf have not won in four games since beating Bayern Munich (3-2).
Goals from Marcus Thuram (48th) and Florian Neuhaus (73rd) were not enough for Borussia, who will have to bury their tender dreams of Europe for good. The table neighbor from Bremen came back twice through Marvin Ducksch (65th and 89th) and can put the topic of relegation to the files.
“In the first half we played very well and had clearer chances,” said Bremen striker Niclas Füllkrug DAZN: “In the second half we had problems getting access for a long time.”
“We want to be dominant and set the tone,” Farke had demanded before kick-off – and was initially heard: Borussia started with a lot of vigour, let the ball run and came after a mistake by Werder defender Fabio Chiarodia, who was only 17 years old first good chance – Lars Stindl missed (8th).
Chiarodia, at 17 years and 285 days youngest starting XI player in Bremen Bundesliga history, made his debut for Werder, as did goalkeeper Michael Zetterer. A wave of illness had severely weakened the team coached by Ole Werner – regular keeper Jiri Pavlenka also had to pass at short notice. Substitute Zetterer distinguished himself with a brilliant save when he defused a shot from Thuram from five meters (22nd).
Bremen’s emergency team held up well, combined well and created chances after half an hour. Gladbach were lucky when goalscorer Niclas Füllkrug went down after a duel with Jonas Hofmann, but the penalty whistle didn’t come (32′). It went back and forth in the sold-out Borussia Park: The lively filling jug failed at the returning goalkeeper Jonas Omlin (41′), on the other side Thuram lobbed the ball over the goal (42′).
Werder Bremen: Ducksch meets late to equalize
The Frenchman did better immediately after the break. After Mitchell Weiser lost the ball, Hofmann served Thuram with a hoe, and the striker hit the far corner from 16 yards out. Gladbach now had a clear chance, only Hofmann (55th/60th) missed several opportunities for a preliminary decision.
The penalty comes from the foot when Ducksch scored his seventh goal of the season after submitting Romano Schmid, who had just been substituted on. But Gladbach had the right answer when Neuhaus, who had been injured for a long time, scored from 16 meters. But Ducksch answered again.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Werder Bremen: The data of the game