VfL Borussia Monchengladbach earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over 1. FSV Mainz 05 courtesy of Andreas Christensen’s second-half winner on Sunday.
Monchengladbach 1 Mainz 0
Hahn misses a good chance
Onisiwo tests Sommer
Christensen gives Monchengladbach lead
Gbamin sees red
In a match with few openings, it was Andre Hahn who nearly gave the hosts an early advantage. Karim Onisiwo was lively although he failed to really trouble Yann Sommer in goal.
After the break, Christensen gave Monchengladbach the lead with a strike following a corner. The visitors were struggling to make an impression on the contest throughout the 90 minutes.
With time running out, Jean-Philippe Gbamin was sent off for Mainz as he received a second yellow card. There were no more alarms as the hosts collected the three points.
The hosts dominated possession and created a great chance for Hahn in the seventh minute but he fired just wide. The pressure was on the visitors for most of the first half although Onisiwo forced Sommer into a save in the 35th minute.
It was a first stanza devoid of real goalscoring chances with the fans at Borussia Park showing their displeasure as it ended 0-0 at the break. After the interval, both teams probed for opportunities with neither team really creating clear openings.
Oscar Wendt did test Jonas Lossl when he fired in an effort in the 65th minute. However, the keeper was up to the task and managed to make the stop. Soon after Lars Stindl had a great moment to score but he saw his goal-bound effort deflected wide by defenders in the box.
Wendt then had a good strike from the left go narrowly wide before Onisiwo then forced Sommer into a routine save from a free-kick. Yet, the pressure was mounting on the visiting goal and it would soon pay off in the 76th minute when Christensen scored from a corner.
After Thorgan Hazard’s delivery, the ball broke to the defender, who slotted home into the right side of the net. With Mainz struggling to pose any real threat on Gladbach’s goal, the frustration got to Gbamin who saw red after a second yellow card in the 90th minute.
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