Borussia Mönchengladbach beat 1. FC Köln 5-2 in the Rheinderby, ending Effzeh’s series on the Lower Rhine. Florian Kainz was unlucky in the afternoon. The Austrian, who has been so strong so far this season, produced something historic in the first round. The game report and the best network reactions to the derby.

Goals: 1: 0 – Marvin Friedrich (27th minute, assist Hofmann) 1: 1 – Florian Kainz (31st, penalty kick) 2: 1 – Ramy Bensebaini (45th 2, penalty kick) 3: 1 – Lars Stindl (46th minute) )4-1 Ramy Bensebaini (76′)4-2 Denis Huseinbasic (83′)5-2 Marcus Thuram (90’1)

Special occurrences:45. Minute: yellow-red for Florian Kainz

Rheinderby time in Borussia Park! The Fohlenelf received the billy goats and on the one hand wanted to make amends for the bitter 5-1 defeat in Bremen and on the other hand wanted to prevent Effzeh’s third win in a row in Mönchengladbach.

VfL coach Daniel Farke did not change his starting eleven, opposite Steffen Baumgart rotated again compared to the Europa League bankruptcy on Thursday. The FC coach made seven changes: Schmitz, Hübers, Hector, Skhiri, Ljubicic, Tigges and Maina replaced Schindler, Soldo, Pedersen, Martel, Huseinbasic, Dietz and Adamyan.

Gladbach (4-2-3-1): Sommer – Scally, Friedrich, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Weigl, Koné – Hofmann, Kramer, Stindl – Thuram

1. FC Cologne (4-1-3-2): Schwäbe – Schmitz, Kilian, Hübers, Hector – Skhiri – Ljubicic, Duda, Kainz – Tigges, Maina

In a hard-fought derby, the foals tried from the start to take control of the game. The first goal approaches were then also on the Gladbach side. Thuram prevailed well after ten minutes, but failed at Schwäbe. In the 27th minute, Marvin Friedrich did better. After a corner from Hofmann, he headed in quite skillfully against Schwäbe’s direction of travel – 1:0 for the home side.

But the Effzeh answer was not long in coming. Only about four minutes later it was already 1:1. Florian Kainz stayed ice cold from the point. Before that, the Austrian took the penalty himself. After a cross, Hofmann wanted to clear the ball, but didn’t see Kainz approaching behind him. Instead of hitting the ball, the international hit Kainz’s foot. Referee Sven Jablonski missed the foul, but received a tip from VAR. After looking at the pictures, the referee had little choice but to point to the point.

Effzeh had to change for the first time five minutes before the break. Ljubicic couldn’t go any further after a collision with Bensebaini (who saw yellow for it). Kingsley Schindler came on for Ljubicic.

Shortly before half-time, Jablonski pointed to the point again – now for the foals. Curious: This time Kainz Hofmann fouled. In an aerial duel, the Austrian clearly extended his elbow and hit Hofmann in the head. Clear thing! Especially bitter for Kainz: He saw his second yellow card and had to leave the field.

Bensebaini put the ball on the dot and missed Schwäbe effortlessly – the break went 2-1 to Gladbach.

For Cologne it was even more bitter immediately after the change of sides: After a flat kick, captain Jonas Hector made a hair-raising bad pass, Effzeh couldn’t get the ball out of the danger zone afterwards. Foal captain Lars Stindl came to the ball and took heart from around 20 meters: His long-range shot hit the Cologne meshes untenably.

The hosts then had the game under control. Marcus Thuram was – once again – negligent in the exploitation of opportunities and could have happily increased the result even further.

Fifteen minutes before the end, however, Bensebaini made the final decision with his second goal. The Algerian converted a low cross from Hofmann to make it 4:1. After his completely failed performance in Bremen last week, the left-back made an impressive comeback.

Despite being outnumbered and clearly behind, Effzeh didn’t give up. Denis Huseinbasic still scored the goal in the 83rd minute. But there was nothing more for the Cologne team in this derby. On the contrary, in added time, Thuram even increased the lead to 5:2 for the foals. Bitter afternoon for the billy goats!

In the table, the foals passed again in sixth place, the Effzeh slipped down to ninth place.

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