Gladbach miss Reus

Borussia Mönchengladbach missed the chance to go top of the Bundesliga table as they went down 1-0 to FC Augsburg who themselves moved off the bottom of the table as a result.

Gladbach enjoyed the better start of the two. Raul Bobadilla and Mike Hanke both missed good opportunities early on.  But with the absence of injured Marco Reus the visitors failed to cause too much threat to the relegation-threatened Augsburg.

Augsburg held out and were almost gifted the lead courtesy of a freak moment from Marc-Andre ter Stegen. The young goalkeeper miscontrolled a back pass, gifting the ball to Tony Werner. However, the Augsburg player, with an empty net in front of him couldn’t change direction quick enough and ter Stegen was able to smother the ball.

As the game grew on, the home side grew strong. Werner even forced a save out of ter Stegen before half-time.

The hosts did take the lead shortly after half time when Werner laid off a free kick just outside the penalty area for Jan-Ingwer Callsen-Bracker to smash past the Gladbach goalkeeper who was beaten by a deflection off his own team mate.

Gladbach failed to break down Augsburg’s hard-working defence and the longer the game went on the more mistakes crept into their game. They looked like they really missed the influential Marco Reus.

Centre back Dante deserved credit for keeping the scoreline down to just 1-0 with some solid defending.  The Brazilian defender made last-ditch challenges, blocked a couple of shots and even denied Sascha Mölders a great opportunity

Mike Hanke missed a good chance late on with a tame attempt into the arms of Mohamed Amsif.

Defeat for Gladbach sees them miss the opportunity to go back on top of the league. They play host to Mainz 05 in the final Bundesliga game before the winter break next Sunday.

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