Borussia Monchengladbach upset rivals Borussia Dortmund on Saturday, keeping alive their hopes of avoiding relegation from the Bundesliga at the end of the seasonMonchengladbach earned a tremendous upset victory over rivals Dortmund on Saturday, their 1-0 win being enough to keep alive their hopes of avoiding relegation. Mohamadou Idrissou scored the only goal of the game in the 35th minute; the result also ended Dortmund's hopes of setting a new points record for a Bundesliga campaign.
The visitors started off well and Mario Gotze had a brilliant effort from distance tipped over the bar in the 10th minute before Marc-Andre ter Stegen did well to to parry a Neven Subotic free kick wide. BVB were made to pay for their wastefulness in front of goal, as Gladbach started to show their teeth. Marco Reus' sliding volley slipped just wide of the post in the 27th minute, but the hosts got their goal not long thereafter as Idrissou fought off Neven Subotic and produced an thundrous finish.
Dortmund would have deserved a goal and twice had clear chances, but Robert Lewandowski's chipped effort was cleared off the line, and the Polish forward then had his effort blocked by Ter Stegen after some clever work by the impressive Gotze.
After the half-time break, Gladbach were content with their lead and it took some time for the visitors to find their rhythm. Mats Hummels flashed a header wide of his own goal in the 65th minute, but afterward, BVB began to look much better going forward. In the 68th minute, Gotze took the ball off his chest and brilliantly volleyed from distance, but his shot rebounded off the crossbar. With a quarter hour left, Marcel Schmelzer fired a daisy cutter on goal, but the outstanding Ter Stegen managed to tip the ball around the right post.
Following Saturday's game, Dortmund remain five points clear of Leverkusen in first place and are still well positioned to win the Bundesliga title. The three points have provided a huge boost to Gladbach, who advance to 17th in the table, surpassing St Pauli.