Professionals | 14/09/2019

Matchday 4

Derby defeat for FC

A solitary strike from Alassane Plea was enough to decide the Deby in favour of Borussia Mönchengladbach at the RheinEnergieSTADION. 1. FC Köln pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but Yann Sommer held firm.

Achim Beierlorzer made just one to change to the side that ended the long wait for a win in Freiburg before the international break. Kingsley Schindler was the man to drop to the bench as Jhon Cordoba came into the starting line-up after his recovery from injury.

As for Marco Rose, the Gladbach head coach opted for two alterations from the team that were beaten 3:1 by Leipzig. Rami Bensebaini, who made his debut, and Christoph Kramer replaced Oscar Wendt and Fabian Johnson, who missed out on the matchday squad.

Plea puts Gladbach ahead

The game started with FC making the early moves and early running. Anthony Modeste had an early shot that was well-blocked by Bensebaini, while Jhon Cordoba fired a volley over from range. The same couldn’t be said of Denis Zakaria, who cracked the crossbar was a fierce 30-yard effort. Unsurprisingly, there were no shortage of fouls and strong tackles in the opening stages.

Despite the promising beginning, it would be Gladbach who went ahead. After it looked like Kingsley Ehizibue had cleared the danger with a tackle, the ball fell perfectly to Alassane Plea. He made the most of the opportunity, and slotted past Timo Horn to give them an early advantage.

FC responded well with some early pressure after the goal, but failed to make any of it count. Instead, it was Gladbach who came forward on the counter. Rafael Czichos and Sebastiaan Bornauw had to be at their best to block the visitors’ attacks, as Achim Beierlorzer tried to encourage his troops. Louis Schaub’s late shot gave encouragement for the second half.

Sommer stops FC

FC began the second half well and started with real purpose. A smart exchange with Jonas Hector saw Dominick Drexler get in behind the defence, but a fine save from Yann Sommer kept out his angled effort. Sommer was again on hand to pluck out an Anthony Modeste header moments later. Gladbach’s threat on the counter remained, however, as Marcus Thuram fired over from 10 yards.

Beierlorzer brought on both Marcel Risse and Simon Terodde in the search for an equaliser, but the more pressing concern was in defence. Kingsley Ehizibue had to be alert to deny Alassane Plea a second, as Ehizibue cleared off the line at the final second.

Jhon Cordoba thought he had found FC a late equaliser, but it wasn’t meant to be. Another great save from Yann Sommer kept out the Colombian’s low drive after some tidy control from Terodde. FC will now face Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena next Saturday afternoon.


1. FC Köln (4-4-2): Horn – Ehizibue, Bornauw, Czichos, Hector – Schaub (Risse 74’), Skhiri, Verstraete (Kainz 86’), Drexler – Cordoba, Modeste (Terodde 74‘).

Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-1-2-1-2): Sommer – Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Kramer (Strobl 83’) – Neuhaus, Zakaria – Embolo – Plea (Herrmann 87’), Thuram (Benes 78’).

Goals: 0:1, Plea 14’.

Referee: Deniz Aytekin (Oberasbach).

Bookings: Hector (20’), Kramer (26’), Elvedi (85’), Risse (89’).

Attendance: 50,000 (sold-out).

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Total table
131. FSV Mainz 0537
141. FC Köln36
15FC Augsburg36