Friday, 25 November 2011

Gladbach Tops Bundesliga After Win in Koeln

Fourth place Borussia Moenchgladbach outclassed Podolski's 1.FC Koeln with 3 goals to 0 in Bundesliga Matchday 14 opener.  The victory moves Gladbach temporarily into the leagues top spot, one point ahead of FC Bayern.  Goals by Hanke (2) and Arango soldified the victory.

For twenty minutes Koeln was able to hold off the Gladbach onslaught.  In the 20th minute Patrick Hermann slipped and Hanke was quickest on the scene and fired at the net from 12 meters, for his first goal of the season.

Ten minutes later, in the 30th minute, Gladbach was awarded a free kick approximately 25 meters off the goal.  Arango, with an accurate shot fired the ball in the lower corner of the net.  His third goal of the season gave Gladbach a 2-0 lead.

Although Gladbach had 65% of the ball possession at that point, Koeln held on to the halftime whistle.
Borussia dominated the half from the start and showed themselves to be more confident and without and the stronger team.  Koeln had a relatively good start, but trailing in the game chipped away on the team and threw them off their game.  The 2-0 lead at halftime was well deserved.

Just two minutes into the second half Gladbach struck again. In the 47th minute Gladbach executed a perfect counter, outnumbering the Koeln defence.  Hermann took aim, but the shot was blocked and diverted to the side by Rensing.  Hanke was on the spot and slides the ball into the net for his second season goal.

Rensing, who arguably had managed the score lower than it could have been, robbed Marco Reuss several times.

After a great away performance and a win, Gladbach now leads the league with one point, at least until tomorrow.  A Dortmund tie or win will push them off the top spot by goal difference.  Schalke 04 will have a word in that match.  Sven Bender will definitely not play tomorrow and the jury is still out on Mario Goetze.  Bayern is not due to play until Sunday in Mainz.

Regardless of the outcome of the remaining league games, Bayern will not be able to extend its lead beyond two points.  With three matchdays left until the winter break, the Bundesliga remains tight at the top.

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