Borussia Mönchengladbach is far from giving up Europe. The 5-0 win over Arminia Bielefeld is a signal to the competition – the guests, in turn, have to regroup quickly in the relegation battle.
Breel Embolo crossed himself after his gala appearance, his trainer Marco Rose rubbed his hands at the end of an unexpectedly relaxed working day. Borussia Mönchengladbach impressively kept their mini-chance of a European cup spot alive with a never endangered and appropriately high 5-0 (3-0) against Arminia Bielefeld.
“We had good ball control, scored nice goals and deserved to win,” said Gladbach’s defense chief Matthias Ginter Sky: “It would be nice for everyone to play internationally again next year. The Europa League is the maximum that is still possible. We want to achieve that.” The largely unemployed Borussia goalkeeper Yann Sommer said: “There are still three finals. We are the hunters.”
Despite the third home win in a row, Gladbach’s return to Europe is still hanging by a thread, as the gap to sixth is four points. Seventh place is only enough under certain circumstances, but for the new Conference League. Bielefeld, on the other hand, is only one point ahead of the relegation place.
Embolo (6th), Marcus Thuram (15th) and Ramy Bensebaini (18th, hand penalty) quickly made things clear in Borussia-Park. Embolo, who was back in the starting eleven for the first time since his infamous “Corona Party”, increased in the 69th minute and tied his first brace since December 2019. Alassane Plea (84th) put the finishing touches against Bielefelder, who was completely overwhelmed in the end. While the foals defended seventh place, the newcomer Bielefeld is in 15th place. further in need.
Gladbach leads 3-0 against Bielefeld after just 18 minutes
Gladbach’s furious start was reminiscent of the 5-1 win against FC Augsburg in October 2019, when Borussia had even led 3-0 after 13 minutes. For Arminia, on the other hand, it was the fastest 3-0 deficit in Bundesliga history.
Gladbach looked wide awake from the first minute, was defensively compact – and used the first attack to take the lead. Embolo, who had already scored the winning goal at 1-0 in the first leg, exploited a cross from Stefan Lainer with a deflected low shot.
Embolo celebrated the goal with a special gesture: The Swiss held the jersey of his team-mate Mamadou Doucoure into the camera, who was repeatedly out of action for a long time due to an Achilles tendon.
There was only one direction on the lawn: first, the strong Hannes Wolf crossed to Thuram, who pushed the ball through the legs of goalkeeper Stefan Ortega into the net. A little later, Bensebaini then used a hand penalty caused by Christian Gebauer.