After a strangely lethargic appearance, Borussia Mönchengladbach gave away the victory they believed to be safe and important points in the race for a European Cup place. Despite a two-goal lead, this year’s Champions League participant lost on matchday 30 of the Bundesliga 2: 3 (2: 0) at the recently ailing TSG Hoffenheim. Gladbach is four points behind a Europa League rank.
Andrej Kramaric (48th and 65th) and Ihlas Bebou (60th) scored for the Kraichgauer, who were able to get a three-point after five encounters without a win. Alassane Plea (25th) and Valentino Lazaro (45th + 1) were successful for Borussia.
“We missed certain virtues today. We were far from being dominant. We gave up the game, which is very annoying,” said Gladbach’s Stefan Lainer Sky: “There were three important points that we left behind.”
At the ghost game in Sinsheim, Christoph Baumgartner missed the chance to lead the heavily weakened Hoffenheim team in the third minute, with Kevin Akpoguma, Ermin Bicakcic, Mijat Gacinovic, Dennis Geiger, Benjamin Hübner, Marco John, Sebastian Rudy, Konstantinos Stafylidis and Kevin Vogt was absent.
The guests, who had to do without the suspended goalkeeper Yann Sommer and the injured captain Lars Stindl, hardly took place on the offensive at first. Even in the middle of the first half, Rose, who was moving to Borussia Dortmund, had a hard time setting up the game.
Gladbach lives from efficiency and is then completely out of the picture
On the other hand, it was the Dane Robert Skov who tested the Gladbach goalkeeper Tobias Sippel with a deflected shot (22nd). Far too little came from Borussia, which will be looked after by current Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter from the coming season.
The goal by Plea fell out of nowhere and upset the Hoffenheim terribly because they wanted to have seen a foul on Kramaric beforehand. The referee Daniel Siebert (Berlin), nominated shortly before the kick-off for the European Championship finals, assessed the scene in which he certainly had not made a clear wrong decision, but differently.
Six minutes after the deficit, Ihlas Bebou had equalizer for TSG on the foot, but the attacker only hit the post. Skov was also unable to use another good opportunity (39th). The team from Gladbach did better, using their second chance to score a second goal.
Right at the beginning of the second round, Kramaric rewarded TSG for their effort. Bebou and again Kramaric followed suit, the Gladbachers were completely out of the role. Only in the final phase did the guests get stronger again. Patrick Herrmann’s alleged equalization in stoppage time was not given due to a clear offside position.