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Freiburg v Borussia M'gladbach Live Commentary, 05/06/2020

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An eighth Bundesliga defeat of the campaign leaves Gladbach fourth, level on points with Bayer Leverkusen, who play their game in hand at home to leaders Bayern Munich on Saturday. As for Freiburg, they are now just one point off sixth-place Wolfsburg and right back in European contention.
Freiburg snap their four-game winless run since returning to Bundesliga action with a 1-0 victory over Gladbach. The visitors had a goal ruled out for offside in the first half, conceded to Petersen's header a minute after the striker was brought off the bench, then lost Plea to a second bookable offence on what proved to be a hugely disappointing day at the office.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: FREIBURG 1-0 BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH
90' + 3' Rose turns away in frustration after another attack fizzles out. The visitors have less than a minute to find an equaliser.
90' + 1' Gladbach are trying to play the ball forward from the back, without really getting anywhere. This has been a disappointing display from Rose's side.
90' Four minutes have been added on at Schwarzwald-Stadion. Gladbach just cannot create a shooting opportunity in front of goal.
Kwon Chang-Hoon
V. Grifo
Freiburg
88' Grifo, who set up Petersen's likely match-winner, leaves the field with two minutes to go. Kwon is the man brought on in his place.
M. Frantz
L. Höler
Freiburg
88' Holer, who squandered a good chance a minute ago, is replaced by Frantz.
87' Rose's men are starting to build some momentum in the closing stages. A succession of crosses into the opposition box comes to little. Freiburg counter but Hofler lacks the confidence to go it alone and his pass is cut out.
86' Gladbach substitute Raffael takes on the free-kick from range. The ball clips the wall and goes out for a corner, which is cleared by Petersen.
N. Höfler
Yellow Card
Freiburg
85' Hofler enters the referee's book for clattering into Thuram.
85' SENSATIONAL SOMER SAVE! Petersen has made a huge difference since coming on. He skips past his man out wide and finds Holer at the back post. Holer's header is heading for the back of the net, if not for a great stop from Sommer.
84' Gladbach have dominated possession today - 64 per cent to 36 - yet the number of opportunities they have created have been limited. With at least five more minutes to go, though, they still have hope of snatching a draw.
J. Haberer
L. Waldschmidt
Freiburg
83' Waldschmidt, who has had a couple of half-decent chances today, makes way for Haberer.
Raffael
L. Stindl
Borussia M'gladbach
82' Raffael is on and Stindl off in the fourth of the visitors' changes.
I. Traoré
N. Elvedi
Borussia M'gladbach
82' Rose brings on Traore for Elvedi with Gladbach in need of a goal.
L. Bénes
J. Hofmann
Borussia M'gladbach
81' Benes takes over from Hofmann for the final nine minutes or so.
81' Gladbach win a corner from a rare attacking move. The delivery is poor and cleared at the front post, leading to a counter-attack that soon breaks down.
80' The hosts have a couple of players over on the counter. Gunter's cross from the left is met on the volley by Holer, but he is unable to find the target.
79' Freiburg have done well to take control of the match since Plea's sending off. They do not have to force the situation, but they look more confident attacking than they do sitting back on a slender lead.
77' SOMMER SAVE! Koch makes a positive run forward and he is played in by Holer on the overlap. The shot is well struck at the near post, but Sommer is well positioned to make the save.
76' A CHANCE FOR TWO! The space opens up for Waldschmidt but he skews his 18-yard shot off target. Will Freiburg rue these wasted half-chances?
74' Freiburg have scored 14 of their last 21 Bundesliga goals (67 per cent) from set-piece situations.
73' Could that sending off spark some life into Gladbach? They have been pretty poor today, some decent passing moves aside, and have less than 20 minutes to salvage a point.
O. Wendt
P. Herrmann
Borussia M'gladbach
72' Herrmann is replaced by Wendt as Rose desperately tries to make something happen.
70' A member of Gladbach's backroom staff - believed to be their sporting director - has also been shown a red card by referee Markus Schmidt. What an incredibly frustrating day this is turning out to be for the visitors.
68' Plea is unhappy with the decision, but he did catch Koch late. Remember, his first yellow card was for dissent after kicking the ball away.
A. Plea
Yellow 2nd/RC
Borussia M'gladbach
67' GLADBACH DOWN TO 10! Plea catches Koch on the ankle a little late and is shown a second yellow card.
67' Waldschmidt carries the ball into the box and it is laid off to Holer, who drags a shot horribly wide. A second Freiburg goal would surely seal the points.
66' Freiburg are yet to win since the Bundesliga restart, with just two points to their name from four games. Only Schalke (0) and Union Berlin (1) have taken fewer points in that timeframe. They are on course to change that with 25 minutes to go here.
64' Gladbach are struggling to really get at Freiburg, which has been the case since going a goal down. The visitors need to add far more urgency to their game if they are to find an equaliser.
62' Rose must surely be tempted to turn to his bench for the first time today because it is not happening for his side at the moment. Freiburg soaked up the pressure in the first half and have scored through their first big opportunity of the match.
60' That is Petersen's 24th Bundesliga goal as a substitute, so we should not be all that surprised by his impact. Gladbach look to respond through a Elvedi shot that is inches wide of the target.
V. Grifo
Assist
Freiburg
58' Grifo put the right-sided free-kick into a dangerous zone and Petersen made sure that he got to it first.
N. Petersen
Goal
Freiburg
58' GOOOOAAAAALLL!!!! FREIBURG 1-0 GLADBACH!!! Seconds after coming on, and from his very first touch, Petersen steers Grifo's set-piece away from Sommer into the bottom-right corner with his head. Talk about making an instant impact!
J. Schmid
L. Kübler
Freiburg
58' Schmid is on and Kubler off as the hosts make a double change just before the hour mark.
N. Petersen
R. Sallai
Freiburg
57' Petersen is brought on for Sallai in the first of Freiburg's changes.
57' Plea drifts deep and out to the right. He swings in an early cross that has too much on it for attacking team-mate Thuram.
56' NEARLY AN OPENER! Some more wonderful build-up play from Gladbach so nearly culminates in the opening goal. Herrmann crosses from the right and it looks like being a tap-in for Thuram, only for Lienhart to get a slight touch to the ball right in front of goal.
54' Koch quickly closes down a shot and the ball goes behind for a corner. The left-sided set-piece is cleared by the first man, but it drops favourably for Herrmann to strike into a sea of bodies.
52' A teasing cross from the right is perhaps aimed towards Thuram, but it is Hermann who rises highest to get to it. He gets under the ball and sends a header spinning over the crossbar.
50' WIDE! Koch puts his laces through the ball and is not far off target with his 25-yard attempt. Sommer is glad to watch the ball bounce the other side of the post.
49' Hofmann floats the ball in the direction of Thuram, who is making his presence known in the box, but he cannot bring it under control.
48' The ball is worked to Thuram down the left. He goes one way and then the other, but the cross is well defended by Freiburg. The visitors need to go up another gear if they are to find the breakthrough.
46' RESTART! Freiburg, who improved as the first half went on, get us back up and running at a wet Schwarzwald-Stadion. No changes have been made by either side at the interval.
Remember, both teams can make up to five substitutions in the second half should they wish. Petersen was left out of Freiburg's XI at the expense of Waldschmidt and may see some action, while Gladbach have the likes of Raffael and Traore among their subs.
A first half bereft of any real clear-cut chances comes to a goalless conclusion. Neuhaus had the ball in the net for Gladbach, who have been the better side overall, but he was in an offside position. Freiburg's best opportunity came at the end of the half as Sallai failed to convert after Holer's powerful shot was parried.
45' + 2' HALF-TIME: FREIBURG 0-0 BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH
45' + 1' GOOD EFFORT! Holer's powerful drive is too hot for Sommer to handle. Sallai gets to the rebound in a glorious position but is unable to really do anything with it. 
S. Lainer
Yellow Card
Borussia M'gladbach
45' Lainer is shown a yellow card right at the end of the half for a foul.
45' Freiburg are stringing together plenty of passes to see out the first half. One minute has been added on at the end of a fairly quiet half at Schwarzwald-Stadion.
43' Grifo cannot quite return the ball to Waldschmidt as a promising Freiburg move comes to a disappointing end on the edge of the opposition box.
42' Stindl can only pick out the top of the wall from the 20-yard free-kick. A cross is then clipped in from the right and the impressive Schwolow gets to it first.
R. Koch
Yellow Card
Freiburg
40' Koch pulls back on Neuhaus just outside the penalty box and is shown a yellow card. Further punishment could yet follow from the free-kick...
39' The Gladbach corner is played short to Stindl. He whips in a delicious cross from the left that goes right the way through. Schwolow watches the ball all the way and parries it to safety.
37' CHANCE FOR NEUHAUS! Stindl nods the ball into the path of Neuhaus but the midfielder is unable to find the net with his chipped effort. Great team play, poor finish.
36' Herrmann pulls back on Gunter to give away a pretty needless free-kick. The first half is starting to fizzle out a little, with around 10 minutes still to go.
34' There have been plenty of long-range shots in this first half, the majority failing to find the target. Stindl is the latest to try his luck from a long way out and is the latest to find the stands.
32' Holer is back on the field. Sommer races off his line to punch clear a cross from the right as Freiburg finally start to build a little momentum.
30' Bensebaini barges into Holer and play is halted so the Freiburg striker can receive some on-field treatment. He should be able to continue, though.
28' SAVE! Kubler has a go from a long way out. It is not the worst effort and does at least test Sommer, who barely has to break stride to keep it out.
L. Kübler
Yellow Card
Freiburg
26' Kubler is booked for a foul just outside his own box in the build-up to that disallowed goal.
26' GOAL DISALLOWED! Neuhaus' attempt is blocked on the line but Herrmann is alert to it. His shot, which was perhaps off target, is helped over the line by Neuhaus, but he is well offside and the flag goes up.
24' Gladbach have had 69 per cent of the ball so far. They are continuing to probe away in the final third, with Thuram not quite able to play in Stindl with a delicate little flick.
A. Plea
Yellow Card
Borussia M'gladbach
22' Plea is shown a yellow card by referee Markus Schmidt for booting the ball away after a handball decision went against him.
21' Bensebaini is proving to be Gladbach's most dangerous player in the opening quarter of the match. He nearly gets in once again down the left but has to settle for a corner, which is headed down and then launched clear.
20' Plea shoots just wide from Gladbach's latest attacking move. Bensebaini's cross from the left is then cut out at the front post by Lienhart as Rose's men close in on an opener.
18' Borussia Monchengladbach are on a five-game unbeaten run away from home in the Bundesliga (W3, D2) - they last managed a run of this kind at the end of 2014-15 (seven matches).
L. Waldschmidt
Yellow Card
Freiburg
16' Waldschmidt is booked for a late challenge on Neuhaus.
15' GOOD SAVE! A well-worked move from Gladbach culminates in Stindl playing in Plea down the right. The striker has time to set himself for the shot, but Schwolow is equal to it down low. Stindl is then denied from the follow-up.
14' The visitors are undoubtedly looking the better side in possession. The only real chance so far fell Freiburg's way, however, with Waldschmidt blazing over from a good position.
12' Neuhaus has a go from a long way out but it is aimed right at Schwolow. The Freiburg keeper makes a routine save.
10' CHANCE! Freiburg's first chance falls to the feet of Waldschmidt, who skies a shot from 10 yards after being picked out by Gunter. There was a good little dummy from Hofler in the build-up.
9' Hofler definitely had his arms around Thuram's body in that previous incident. The Freiburg midfielder is playing a dangerous game if he intends to mark Thuram like that.
8' PENALTY APPEAL! Thuram brings the ball under control in the box. Before he can set himself for the shot he is seemingly pushed to the ground, but the referee does not feel it is worthy of a penalty and the appeals are muted.
6' Gladbach have started this match very well. They work the ball down the right and then down the left, where Bensebaini produces some great trickery to get away from his man. A low cross into the middle is cut out for a corner.
5' Grifo cuts inside from the left and hammers the ball high into the empty stands from around 20 yards out. Poor attempt!
4' The chance to shoot appears to present itself for Stindl, but he decides against doing so from an angle and is dispossessed.
3' Neuhaus tees up Hofmann for a shot from the edge of the box. Hofmann gets plenty behind it but it is blocked by a Freiburg player just inside the penalty box.
1' KICK-OFF! Gladbach, who can climb up to third with victory, get us up and running in the opening Bundesliga match of the weekend.
The teams are coming out onto the pitch at Schwarzwald-Stadion, with kick-off just moments away. This game will be played without any supporters present, as will every other Bundesliga game for the foreseeable future.
Freiburg are on an 11-game unbeaten run at home to Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga and have won nine of those matches. Indeed, Gladbach have won only one of their 17 trips to Freiburg in the German top flight - 1-0 in March 2002.
Gladbach name an unchanged XI following last Sunday's 4-1 home win over Union Berlin, meaning Plea will once again lead the line. Jantschke is back on the bench after returning from suspension, but the likes of Breel Embolo, Tobias Strobl and Denis Zakaria continue to miss out through injury.
Streich has made one change to Freiburg's starting line-up on the back of last week's narrow 1-0 loss to Bayer Leverkusen. That solitary alteration comes up top as Waldschmidt has fully recovered from an ankle problem to take the place of the benched Petersen, with Holer retaining his place in attack.
Subs: Laszlo Benes, Oscar Wendt, Mamadou Doucoure, Raffael, Tobias Sippel, Tony Jantschke, Christoph Kramer, Famana Quizera, Ibrahima Traore.
GLADBACH XI (4-2-3-1): Yann Sommer; Stefan Lainer, Matthias Ginter, Nico Elvedi, Ramy Bensebaini; Jonas Hofmann, Florian Neuhaus; Patrick Herrmann, Lars Stindl, Marcus Thuram; Alassane Plea (c).
Freiburg subs: Nico Schlotterbeck, Mike Frantz, Mark Flekken, Amir Abrashi, Nils Petersen, Kwon Chang-hoon, Yannik Keitel, Jonathan Schmid, Janik Haberer.
FREIBURG XI (4-4-2): Alexander Schwolow; Lukas Kubler, Philipp Lienhart, Dominique Heintz, Christian Gunter (c); Roland Sallai, Robin Koch, Nicolas Hofler, Vincenzo Grifo; Lucas Holer, Gian-Luca Waldschmidt.
Gladbach enter this match occupying fourth place, two points behind RB Leipzig in third and four adrift of Borussia Dortmund. Marco Rose's men beat Union Berlin 4-1 last time out to make it two wins, one draw and one defeat from their four matches since returning to action.
Freiburg have failed to win any of their four matches since the Bundesliga restart, collecting two points from the 12 on offer. However, Christian Streich's side remain in contention for a Europa League qualifying spot as they sit four points behind sixth-place Wolfsburg with five games to go.
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