JOnas Hofmann came to the winner’s interview with a pounding skull, but that didn’t stop him from exulting in the 5-2 (2-1) triumph in the prestige derby against 1. FC Köln. “It’s going down like oil, it was a successful Sunday afternoon all round,” said Borussia Mönchengladbach’s midfielder, whose head hurt a little after an elbow check just before half-time.
Nevertheless, he danced and celebrated with his teammates in front of the enthusiastic fans. Borussia redeemed themselves with the clear 53rd Bundesliga derby victory for the 1:5 in the previous week at Werder Bremen. “It was extremely important to come back,” Hofmann emphasized the importance of the success.
For the team coached by Daniel Farke, who celebrated his first derby win against arch-rivals, scored in front of 54,042 spectators in the sold-out Borussia Park on Sunday: Marvin Friedrich (27th minute), Ramy Bensebaini (45+2, penalty kick/76th), Captain Lars Stindl (47th) and Marcus Thuram 5: 2 (90th + 1), it was the first Gladbach derby victory after three defeats in a row. “A big compliment to my team,” said Farke on the DAZN streaming service. The only thing he didn’t like was the phase after the 4:1.
Borussia deserves the lead
Meanwhile, three days after the 0-1 draw in the Conference League against Partizan Belgrade, Florian Kainz became a tragic figure for the Cologne team. The offensive player initially scored with a penalty kick to equalize in the meantime (31′), but caused Bensebaini to convert a penalty kick for Borussia before the break and was also sent off the field with a yellow card. Denis Huseinbasic scored the second FC goal in the 83rd minute. With 15 points from nine games, Gladbach has now passed Cologne (13) in sixth place in the Bundesliga table.
From the beginning there was fire in many intense duels. Referee Sven Jablonski gave out two yellow cards in the first ten minutes – one of them for Kainz. The Cologne team attacked the Borussia from very high – the Farke team couldn’t cope with that at all in Bremen. Farke, however, gave the same starting XI a chance to make amends and was rewarded for it.
In fact, Borussia felt a different intensity than a week ago. This time, the Gladbachers mostly playfully freed themselves from the aggressive Cologne pressing. Borussia also deservedly took the lead in a derby for the first time in two years. Friedrich scored a shoulder from a corner by international Hofmann for the first time since moving from 1. FC Union Berlin last winter for the Lower Rhine team.
The quick equalizer was unfortunate from Gladbach’s point of view. When Cologne first counterattacked, Hofmann and Kainz went to the ball at the same time in the penalty area, but Cologne was a bit faster on the ball and was hit by Hofmann. Jablonski only decided on a penalty after studying the video images, which the fouled player converted in his 100th competitive game for FC.
Kainz gave Gladbach the lead again before the break, this time ramming his elbow in Hofmann’s face in a dogfight in his own penalty area. The offensive player also saw the second yellow card for the action and had to take a shower early. “I just look at the ball, go into a header duel. It’s a penalty, unfortunate and not wanted at all. It’s really bitter that I weakened the team with that,” said Kainz.
Against now only ten Cologne players, Gladbach’s captain Stindl made the decision early in the second round. With an untenable shot from almost 25 meters, the veteran collected his 100th scorer point in the Borussia jersey, which Stindl emotionally cheered with a run across almost the entire field.
After that, the Cologne team threatened to break up completely outnumbered. However, Borussia were no longer determined enough in the end or lacked the necessary luck. Unlike a week ago, when the Cologne team turned the game against Borussia Dortmund to a 3-2 win at home, this time they didn’t come close.