Successful debut for Daniel Farke: Borussia Mönchengladbach wins against Hoffenheim at the start of the league. Despite a long majority, the victory was hard earned.
Marcus Thuram started the birthday party – as usual – with the corner flag in his hand. After his Bundesliga debut, Daniel Farke stayed in the background at the celebrations in front of his own fans. The new Borussia Mönchengladbach coach was quietly enjoying the hard-earned 3-1 (1-1) win over TSG Hoffenheim, which had been decimated for a long time.
“As a coach you have to keep your cool, so I can’t afford to be the first to dance on the table,” said Farke sky. But he certainly had reason to be happy.
Farke had seen beautiful things, including an overhead kick goal from Ramy Bensebaini (42nd), but he had also seen cramps – and work that awaited him. “In the first half we struggled despite being outnumbered,” said Gladbach’s Vice President and 74 World Champion Rainer Bonhof: “We didn’t get any speed or depth into the game.”
There was space. Hoffenheim’s defender Stefan Posch (19th, repeated foul play) was sent off early with yellow-red. And yet the guests took the lead through Robert Skov (25th). Bensebaini equalized, but it was only thanks to Marcus Thuram (71st) on his 25th birthday and Nico Elvedi (78th) that the superiority was also reflected on the scoreboard.
Farke was allowed to celebrate, and gradually he congratulated his players on the pitch who had ruined Hoffenheim’s coach Andre Breitenreiter’s league debut. Nevertheless, goalkeeper Oliver Baumann was “proud of the squad. We played very courageously, even with ten men. We have to stay on this path.”
Hoffenheim’s Posch sees a yellow-red card
The hosts initially tried in vain against the well-organized Hoffenheim team in front of 49,659 spectators in the not entirely sold-out Borussia Park. Many fouls also had a negative effect on the flow of the game. But then the guests weakened themselves. Posch, who had already received a yellow card, came too late against Bensebaini. The traffic light card was a reasonable decision by referee Daniel Siebert.
The Gladbachers didn’t know what to do with the majority at first – on the contrary: Hoffenheim combined into the penalty area and Andrej Kramaric gave Skov a good overview. This gave goalkeeper Yann Sommer no chance.
Without the injured captain Lars Stindl, the hosts also lacked the playful line afterwards. Alassane Plea only caused danger with a long-range shot (32nd). Borussia needed a set piece to equalize. New signing Kou Itakura headed in from a corner, and Bensebaini scored, which was well worth seeing.
TSG Hoffenheim outnumbered with hardly any relief
Hoffenheim retreated far after the change outnumbered and waited for a counterattack. After preliminary work by Christoph Baumgartner, Kramaric hesitated too long (48′), in return Joe Scally only hit the crossbar (49′).
Gladbach now increased the pressure and looked for the gap. Thuram’s conclusion was too harmless (53′). TSG goalkeeper Oliver Baumann parried a low shot from Plea (62′).
Hoffenheim could hardly get out of the back. Plea then served Thuram in an exemplary manner and the 25-year-old striker deliberately pushed in on his day of honor.
Gladbach – TSG Hoffenheim: The voices
Daniel Farke (Borussia Monchengladbach coach): “We started a bit nervous. The yellow-red card played into our hands. But we were a little too impatient until the break. We did very well in the second half. It was a deserved win and a very good start .”
Andre Breitenreiter (TSG Hoffenheim coach): “The story is told briefly. Unfortunately, we were decimated. You can give the card. He has to be more clever. He’s the saddest boy today. Despite being outnumbered, we defended well. Over time it became more and more difficult. In the end didn’t have the strength to turn the game again.”