Embarrassing end for Gladbach at Hannover 96


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Gray mediocrity in the Bundesliga and now also a bad swatter in the DFB Cup: At Borussia Mönchengladbach, the sporting crisis has worsened dramatically.

After a miserable performance over long stretches, the Rhinelanders lost 0:3 (0:2) in the round of 16 at second division club Hannover 96.

In the second round, coach Adi Hütter’s team had outclassed record winners Bayern Munich 5-0. The long wait for the first title since 1995 continues.

“It’s difficult to put that into words. We had such a great opportunity to create something special. I just don’t understand it,” said a deeply disappointed captain Lars Stindl, shaking his head on “Sky”.

In front of 500 spectators, the hosts used their first chance to take the lead. After a mistake by Nico Elvedi, Maximilian Beier scored in the fourth minute. According to video evidence, Sebastian Kerk scored with a hand penalty (36th), newcomer Marvin Friedrich was the unlucky raven.

Gladbach’s descent continues

Six minutes after the restart, Beier showed his speed again and completed an ice-cold counterattack.

Borussia had recently lost five of the past seven matches in the league, a worrying downturn.

The rapid deficit paralyzed the guests visibly. Apart from a goal opportunity for Florian Neuhaus (12th), who failed from close range at the strong 96 goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler, the Bundesliga twelfth player could not manage a compelling attack for almost half an hour.

Hütter kept raising his arms in the Hanoverian evening sky in disbelief.

Gladbach: Matthias Ginter back in the starting XI

The Austrian had decided to fall back on Matthias Ginter, who was willing to change and recently not considered, on the right side of defence. The defender was still one of the more solid players. But his commitment was not a present for his 28th birthday, the coach explained on the Sky microphone before the game.

During the half-time break, Hütter reacted to the disappointing intermediate result. Breel Embolo was supposed to give the guests more power in attack, and Denis Zakaria also came into play. But this personnel measure was not fruitful either: Gladbach’s attacking actions were still too predictable and defective on the defensive. When they conceded the third goal, the guests let themselves be countered after their own corner. Manu Kone cut a very bad figure.

The second division twelfth then had little trouble keeping Borussia away from their own penalty area. And if a shot slipped through, Zieler was a sovereign support. The few visitors celebrated the keeper with chants. 96 coach Christoph Dabrowski could even afford to take his double goal scorer Beier off the field after 72 minutes to rest.



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