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  • January 23, 2011
  • • 14:30
  • • Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK, Mönchengladbach
  • Referee: F. Meyer
  • • Attendance: 36696

Live Commentary

  • That's all from here - I hope you enjoyed this afternoon's coverage. Until next time, all the best.
  • FULL TIME! Leverkusen take three points to move second as Gladbach look completely dejected. Stranzl's brilliant volley gave the hosts some hope, but ultimately a few moments of class and ruthless finishing decided the match in favour of Leverkusen.
  • 90' + 4'
    Hanno Balitsch replaces Castro now, and we're in the closing seconds...
  • 90' + 3'
    SubstitutionG. Castro Hanno Balitsch
  • 90' + 3'
    Nice cut back from Matmour, but it's just too far behind Hanke for the striker to tap in. Meanwhile, chants of "Frontzeck raus!" (Frontzeck out!) echo inside the Borussia-Park. The coach is becoming less and less welcome...
  • 90' + 2'
    Adler makes another excellent save after Hanke nodded Daems' free kick towards goal. The striker was called offside anyway, so it would not have counted had the ball gone in.
  • 90' + 1'
    DERDIYOK! Excellent turn by the Swiss after being set up by Rolfes. He fires just wide of the far post! Four minutes to be added...
  • 88'
    IDRISSOU WITH TWO MISSES! First, Herrmann sets up the Cameroonian for a shot that is blocked with suspicion of hand ball. Then, the German whips in another ball to Idrissou, who volleys over the bar from close range. He's offside nonetheless, so it would not have counted anyway.
  • 87'
    Yellow Card René Adler
  • 87'
    Adler is now booked for time wasting...
  • 86'
    SubstitutionRoman Neustädter Michael Bradley
  • 86'
    OH, WHAT A CHANCE! Adler dives forward to punch the free kick clear, but only to Bradley. The American nods it on to Matmour, who heads off the top of the crossbar!
  • 85'
    Michael Bradley, who in recent weeks has been closely linked with a move to England, replaces Neustaedter for the final minutes. Meanwhile, Renato Augusto concedes a free kick to Daems just outside the penalty area...
  • 82'
    The crowd is silent once more, and Gladbach appear resigned, except for Reus. The hosts could really use a goal at least for morale, if not for function.
  • 78'
    Reus takes a blast at goal and misses high and wide to the left. He's become increasingly influential in the last few minutes.
  • 76'
    Reus! Great run, but the young attacker waits just too long to shoot, and Adler denies him any chance on goal!
  • 75'
    Meanwhile, the attacking midfielder Herrmann has replaced the more defensive Marx as Gladbach look to make a game of it in the final minutes.
  • 75'
    Meanwhile, the attacking midfielder Herrmann has replaced the more defensive Marx as Gladbach look to make a game of it in the final minutes.
  • 75'
    Following the clearance, Kiessling found Vidal, who perfectly timed his ball to Castro. The winger then finished very well past Heimeroth for the 3-1!
  • 74'
    SubstitutionThorben Marx Patrick Herrmann
  • 74'
    SubstitutionStefan Kießling Eren Derdiyok
  • 74'
    What a heartbreaking turn of events for Gladbach! They could have, perhaps should have, scored! It took ages for Leverkusen to clear. Hanke had headed a good effort on goal that Adler saved brilliantly, and then Nordtveit had his follow-up blocked.
  • 73'
    Assist Arturo Vidal
  • 73'
    Goal G. Castro
  • 73'
    TOOOOOR CASTRO! HE HAS HIS BRACE! Leverkusen sure to win now!
  • 72'
    Rolfes concedes a free kick. Gladbach really have a chance now...
  • 71'
    BALLACK, WHAT A BALL! The veteran finds Kiessling with a pinpoint through ball, but the striker fails to control well with his first touch, and Stranzl intercepts to concede a corner!
  • 69'
    Penalty for Leverkusen? NO! It could have been after Dante really put his shoulder into Ballack, but play continues and Heimeroth takes a goal kick.
  • 68'
    And now Gladbach have real step in their stride. They've really got a chance now, and the fans are singing once more.
  • 66'
    He's not a goal scorer by trade, and may never again replicate his strike, but Stranzl's goal was the kind you'd expect from Marco Van Basten. Simply amazing!
  • 65'
    Assist Roman Neustädter
  • 65'
    Goal Martin Stranzl
  • 65'
    TOOOOOOOOOOR STRANZL! WHAT A STRIKE! The defender reaches a bouncing ball at the right edge of his attacking penalty area and fires in a majestic volley off the left post! What a genius strike!
  • 64'
    RENATO AUGUSTOOOO WIDE! Ballack plays a lovely touch back to the Brazilian, who is free near the right corner of the penalty box. He fires towards the far post and JUST misses. Heimeroth had no chance!
  • 62'
    Matmour, meanwhile, appears to be a like-for-like swap with De Camargo, and is playing just off Hanke.
  • 61'
    Yellow Card Karim Matmour
  • 60'
    After lengthy delay, play has continued. It appears that Renato Augusto has moved to the right flank as Sam's replacement, while Vidal has moved into the hole behind Kiessling, making room for Ballack to play in defensive midfield alongside Rolfes.
  • 58'
    SubstitutionI. de Camargo Karim Matmour
  • 58'
    Word from the touchline is that Sam's eye is quite swollen. Ballack comes in to replace the winger. And now Karim Matmour replaces De Camargo, who had to be stretchered off the pitch.
  • 57'
    SubstitutionSidney Sam Michael Ballack
  • 56'
    De Camargo collapses in a heap after an off-ball challenge. He looks quite hurt...
  • 54'
    HANKE! GREAT STOP BY ADLER! Gladbach break with De Camargo on the left, who plays a perfect through ball to Hanke. The new signing is away from his marker and has only Adler to beat, but has his stinging shot punched clear!
  • 54'
    KIESSLING! Oh, wide! Not a bad effort from the striker, who had a tough angle but nonetheless came close to firing in the 3-0.
  • 52'
    Owch! Sam goes down in a heap at the edge of his own penalty area. Replays show that Schwaab and Idrissou contended for a header, and the latter's arm swung down onto Sam's face. The Leverkusen winger appears to have swelling in his eye...
  • 50'
    De Camargo.... oh, so close! Daems races into the left side of the box and crosses to De Camargo, but Kadlec does well to put him off his balance as he tries to head the ball towards goal.
  • 49'
    The free kick is whipped in towards the back post, but the whistle is blown for a foul. Free kick to Gladbach. Meanwhile, Ballack is warming up...
  • 48'
    Marx is penalised for a foul on Renato Augusto. There wasn't much contact, but Vidal nonetheless stands over a dead ball on the right channel.
  • 46'
    No changes have been made as of yet, but Patrick Herrmann is expected to come in for Gladbach in the near future. The youngster scored a brace in the fall as the Fohlen were 6-3 winners against Leverkusen.
  • 46'
  • There still remain 45 minutes to be played, of course, which is more than enough time for Gladbach to come back. I'll be back in 15 minutes to keep you posted on all the events as they occur.
  • Leverkusen didn't really look like scoring for most of the first half, but a brilliant free kick, following by a good finish on the stroke of half-time has put them in clear control. It appears that Gladbach will have to wait a little longer to earn their first home win of the season...
  • 45' + 1'
    Gladbach can't properly clear from danger and Vidal runs to the outer-right corner of the penalty box before crossing to Castro, who is wide open at the back post. The 1.71 metre defender nods in from close range to double the visitors' advantage!
  • 45'
    Assist Arturo Vidal
  • 45'
    Goal G. Castro
  • 45'
    TOOOOOOOOOR CASTRO! 2-0 to Leverkusen!
  • 44'
    Good backtracking from the hosts, who looked in danger for a moment as a flood of blue shirts sprinted forward. They force a poor long ball over the top and Heimeroth claims.
  • 41'
    Oh, near chance for Gladbach... but a foul is called! Idrissou, Schwaab and Adler collide as they all vie for a corner kick, and the ball bounces to the edge of the six-yard box, just waiting for a finish. Before it's put in, the whistle is blown - free kick to Leverkusen.
  • 40'
    Oh, that was nearly a chance for Hanke, who can't quite bring down a long ball with Reinartz struggling to backtrack.
  • 39'
    And out of nowhere, the visitors take the lead! Stranzl concedes a free kick just outside the penalty area, and the left-footed Kadlec curls a gorgeous strike into the top-right corner! What a beauty!
  • 38'
  • 37'
    Goal Michal Kadlec
  • 36'
    SAM IS IN!!! BUT STOPPED BY DAEMS! Oh, what a break that would have been! The ball takes a fortunate bounce for Sam, who bursts forward with pace. Daems is quick to get back, and the winger decides to try to hold up his run before shooting, but the defender sticks in his leg to take the ball away!
  • 34'
    First decent chance for Leverkusen: Vidal curls in a free kick from an enticing position, but Kadlec heads straight into Heimeroth's hands. Ten minutes to go before the break, and neither side looks much like scoring.
  • 33'
    Hyypia tries a long, cross-field pass to Sam, and the ball is headed out for a throw. The visitors have to drop deep before playing another long ball forward. Story of the afternoon thus far...
  • 31'
    Stranzl wins a free kick while out of position as Sam commits a clumsy foul.
  • 29'
    Gladbach doing much better now - the visitors had averaged more than 75% of possession over the opening quarter hour, but the Fohlen have kept it even over the last ten minutes.
  • 26'
    Next chance for GLADBACH! Hanke is falling backward but takes a strong shot nonetheless. Adler does well to catch the ball as he dives to his right.
  • 24'
    REUS! OFF THE CROSSBAR! Brilliant sequence from the hosts! Idrissou turns past Hyypia with ease on the right touchline and races forward before crossing to Reus. The young attacker controls well and fires an off-balance volley off the bar! What a let-down!
  • 22'
    Notably, Patrick Helmes has been omitted from the Leverkusen squad today. The Germany international has been heavily linked with a move to Wolfsburg to replace Edin Dzeko.
  • 20'
    Oh, so close! Renato Augusto makes a fine run, but his through ball is slightly heavy and the striker misses out on a chance.
  • 18'
    De Camargo clatters into Adler moments after the goalkeeper makes a brave clearance. Free kick to the visitors.
  • 17'
    Mistake by Hyypia, who slices under the ball and forces Reinartz to make a good clearance under pressure
  • 16'
    Oh what a tackle from Kadlec. Meanwhile, Renato Augusto is back on the pitch - it appears that he will be fine to continue.
  • 15'
    Idrissou! The ball dropped right in front of goal and the Gladbach man pounced to shoot, but got almost no power whatsoever on his strike. Adler catches easily!
  • 14'
    Uh oh, this looks bad for Leverkusen - Renato Augusto just limped off and is reluctant to bend his knee... The visitors are already without Tranquillo Barnetta for quite some time.
  • 11'
    Castro plays a fine through ball to Sam, who is one on one with Heimeroth...but offside!
  • 8'
    Cheeky back-heel from Kadlec before Castro sends in a cross, but it's too deep for Kiessling. Better for Leverkusen now...
  • 7'
    Ah, there's something good - Rolfes skips forward and releases Kiessling with a through ball, but the front man is called offside. On the other end, Reinartz has to make an acrobatic clearance to deny Hanke a chance on goal.
  • 5'
    The entire game is being played in the middle third now. Very slow start, but it's sure to heat up eventually!
  • 2'
    Tentative start here - Rolfes mis-hits a relatively routune short-ranged pass out of play, and Gladbach have a throw-in
  • 1'
    AND WE'RE UNDERWAY! Gladbach start an attack, but Idrissou is called offside within seconds.
  • The players are on the pitch and we're almost underway...
  • Leverkusen coach Jupp Heynckes has made a few changes to the team that lost to Dortmund - he's switched from a 4-4-2 to a 4-2-3-1 system, with Kiessling alone up front. Arturo Vidal and Sami Hyypia replace last week's underachievers Lars Bender and Manuel Friedrich. Surprisingly, Michel Kadlec has been selected to start on the left wing, with Michael Ballack on the bench as a substitute.
  • And for Leverkusen, who will line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation: Adler - Schwaab, Reinartz, Hyppia, Castro - Rolfes, Vidal - Sam, Renato Augusto, Kadlec - Kießling
  • Line-ups are in - for Gladbach, in a 4-4-1-1 shape: Heimeroth - Levels, Nordtveit, Stanzl, Daems - Reus, Marx, Neustaedter, Idrissou - de Camargo - Hanke.
  • Line-ups are in - for Gladbach, in a 4-4-1-1 shape: Heimeroth - Levels, Nordtveit, Stanzl, Daems - Reus, Marx, Neustaedter, Idrissou - de Camargo - Hanke.
  • Gladbach started the Rueckrunde on a high note last week as the table-bottom club kept a rare clean sheet in a 1-0 win against Nuernberg.
  • Leverkusen, by contrast, struggled. The Werkself slumped to a 3-1 defeat to Dortmund, and are effectively eliminated from the title race due to a 14-point deficit.
  • Hello, and welcome to's LIVE coverage of Gladbach vs Leverkusen! I'm Clark Whitney, and I'll be keeping you company for the next two hours or so...