The return of the Bundesliga reached everyone's lips this weekend, when elite football in Europe finally returned to our screens. A parade of fascinating games took place on Saturday afternoon and, at the end of the match, we were met by an exciting encounter when Borussia Monchengladbach took another big step towards the UEFA Champions League with a victory over Eintracht Frankfurt.
Mönchengladbach entered this game with a great deal of momentum due to their form before the Bundesliga was suspended, but as Frankfurt did not have to deal with such remarkable game congestion as it did in March, questions were raised about whether or not they could take away the sadness.
Unfortunately, the lack of a cheering atmosphere seems to be hurting the teams at the moment, with only one of the six teams in yesterday's games winning. Frankfurt were hit by six in the first minutes of the game and never really recovered, with Alassane Plea and Marcus Thuram putting Gladbach 2-0 on the scoreboard seven minutes after the start of the game. Visitors kept their foot on the Frankfurt gorge from that point on, refusing to take it off.
Out of pace?
It took until the 73rd minute for the result to be signed, sealed and delivered with Ramy Bensebaini scoring the goal to give Monchengladbach a dominant 3-0 lead. Frankfurt managed to retreat thanks to a strike by Andre Silva, but it was not enough, already that the gap in the class proved to be very steep.
Frankfurt dropped to 13th place, while Monchengladbach is now in the top three, just three points behind leaders Bayern Munich, who play tonight. Although there will be a full series of games scheduled for the two clubs in the coming months, it is worth remembering that this is an incredibly fluid situation. For now, we can just relax and enjoy the fact that we had a chance to watch football live again – with Gladbach being a team to watch at the top of the table.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp (7), Ndicka (6), Hinteregger (7), Abraham (6), Toure (7), Kostic (6), Rode (7), Ilsanker (5.5), Nut (6), Kamada (5 , 5), Dost (6.5), Chandler (6.5), Gacinovic (6), Silva (7), Hasebe (6.5), Kohr (6)
Borussia Monchengladbach: Sommer (6.5), Lainer (6.5), Ginter (7), Elvedi (6.5), Bensebaini (8), Neuhaus (7), Strobl (7), Script (8.5), Hofmann ( 7.5), Thuram (7.5), Embolo (7.5), Wendt (6), Benes (6.5), Jantschke (6), Stindl (6.5), Herrmann (6)
Judge: Felix Zwayer
Goals: Silva :: Argumento, Thuram, Bensebaini
Yellow cards: Silva, Kohr, Ndicka, Kostic, Ilsanker, Elvedi
Red cards: N / D