Match report: Gladbach 4-1 Union Berlin

Borussia Monchengladbach have moved up to third in the Bundesliga table prior to RB Leipzig’s trip to FC Koln on Monday night.

The Foals were comfortable 4-1 winners at home to Union Berlin on Sunday.

Marco Rose’s side started to take control of the game around the 10-minute mark before a solo effort from Florian Neuhas had given them a 17-minute lead. The midfielder had looked keen to get on the scoresheet today having earlier tested Union Berlin goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz with an effort from the half-way line.

Marcus Thuram put in a man of the match effort down the left wing today but popped up unmarked in the middle of the six-yard box to head Gladbach into a 2-0 advantage five minutes before half-time.

Union head coach Urs Fischer made a double attacking substitution at half-time and initially saw some reward as Sebastian Andersson halved the deficit with a close range header of his own within five minutes of the restart.

Thuram was a constant threat down the left for the home side, creating chances and firing in efforts of his own on Gikiewick’s goal. The young Frenchman’s second goal on the hour came in the form of a tap in at the back post following a nice move.

Alassane Plea got on the scoresheet for the 10th time this season with a fine left-footed volley in the final 10 minutes following a cross from Ramy Bensebaini. The ball was played through by Lars Stindl, who had an excellent game in the number 10 role to release teammates down the wings and creating chances today.

Although the visitors didn’t give up all afternoon they simply did not have the quality to hang with Gladbach at Borussia Park this afternoon.

Victory for Rose’s side moves them ahead of Bayer 04 Leverkusen on goal difference with five games remaining, and a sole point ahead of RB Leipzig, who are in action in nearby Koln tomorrow night.

Union Berlin have taken just one point from their four games following the restart of the 2019-20 Bundesliga campaign two weeks ago. They sit four points above the relegation play-off spot and six points above Werder Bremen in the relegation zone, with the Green-Whites having a game in hand and finding form since the disruption.

SC Freiburg will host Borussia Monchengladbach next Friday whilst Union Berlin are back in action in seven days’ time when they welcome out-of-form Schalke 04 to the Stadion An der Alten Forsterei.

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