Gladbach edge Darmstadt in five-goal thriller

Borussia MG came from a goal down to beat Darmstadt 3-2 at Borussia-Park on Sunday, despite playing over half the game with only 10 men.

Borussia MG 3 Darmstadt 2
Heller gives Die Lilien the lead
Xhaka sent off before half-time
Stindl and Nordtveit score for hosts
Wagner equalises but Wendt nets winner

Match Summary

Die Fohlen suffered their first defeat under new head coach Andre Schubert last weekend when they were hammered 5-0 by Leverkusen, and they got off to a bad start against Die Lilien, who took the lead through Marcel Heller on 28 minutes.

Their evening went from bad to worse when captain Granit Xhaka received his third red card of the season, having kicked out Peter Niemeyer. But Lars Stindl drew the hosts level just before half-time and Havard Nordtveit then fired them in front early in the second half.

The visitors were back in the contest on 67 minutes as Sandro Wagner headed home the equaliser, although Schubert's side completed the comeback win four minutes from time when Oscar Wendt pounced on Stindl's pass to fire home.

Full Report

Darmstadt were looking to halt a two-match losing streak in the Bundesliga and they struck first against the run of play on 28 minutes when Wagner flicked a throw-in into the path of Heller, who headed past Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

It was not the start Die Fohlen had hoped for but worse was to come 10 minutes later when Xhaka was given his marching orders for lashing out at Niemeyer after the pair had tussled for the ball.

However, they were back in the match on 44 minutes, courtesy of a fine finish from Stindl, who collected a clearance from the defence just outside the 18-yard area and curled the ball into the left corner of the net.

The equaliser gave them renewed confidence and just six minutes into the second half the hosts were celebrating again as Nordtveit beat visiting keeper Christian Mathenia at his near post from a direct free-kick.

The Hesse outfit looked to respond and Wagner forced Sommer into a smart save with his header from Luca Caldirola's flick-on after 62 minutes.

Wagner would not be denied, however, as he restored parity just five minutes later, nodding home past Sommer after being left unmarked following a corner.

But Wendt ensured a return to winning ways for Gladbach on 96 minutes when he latched onto Stindl's pass and raced through on goal to slot past Mathenia.