Borussia Mönchengladbach Go Top with 1st-Half Demolition of Augsburg


Borussia Mönchengladbach 5-1 Augsburg

Goals by: 1-0 Zakaria (2’),
2-0 Herrmann (8’),
3-0 Herrmann (13’),
4-0 Plea (39’),
4-1 Niederlechner (80'),
5-1 Embolo (83')

Gladbach took the lead inside just two minutes after Marcus Thuram danced his way through the Augsburg defence before squaring to Denis Zakaria to turn home.

Less than five minutes later the lead was doubled when Alassane Plea ran onto Ramy Bensebaini’s ball down the line and cut back to Patrick Herrmann, who buried inside the near post.

Moments after being denied on the counter by goalkeeper Tomas Koubek, the former Germany international had his second inside 13 minutes after a slick one-two with Plea before finding the bottom corner once again.

The game settled down somewhat after that before Plea made it four in the first half after a horror moment for Koubek, who failed to control a pass back and was unable to prevent the Frenchman stealing in to tap home and round off a brilliant half for the Foals.

Matthias Ginter & Right-back Stefan Lainer's injuries in the 2nd half took the sheen of the performance.

Breel Embolo scored a fifth after Florian Niederlechner's consolation goal.

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