The spell is broken: Thanks to a late strike by Marcus Thuram (90. + 4), the high-flyers of Borussia Mönchengladbach are back on track in the Europa League. The Bundesliga leaders brought the hard-fought 2-1 (1-0) against the Italian top club AS Roma the long-awaited first win of the group stage and may again dream of moving into the knockout stage. Thuram made the decision in favor of the team of Coach Marco Rose, which thus also won the direct comparison against the now-point Romans. The foals, who had been so strong in the league, had taken the lead with an own goal by Federico Fazio (35 '), before Fazio made up for his mistake with the equalizer (64'). On November 28, the Rose team can take the next big step at Wolfsberger AC.
"It's great to have such a player in the front", Gladbach's goalkeeper Yann Sommer praised Thuram's recent proof of his clapping qualities in the "RTL" interview. Despite the lucky time for the winner, the Swiss scored the victory of his team visibly relieved as earned: "We have also continued after the 1-1 I am super happy." Unconditional commitment Borussia sporting director Max Eberl had also called before the kick-off. "We have it ourselves in the hand to overwinter internationally," said the former professional the slogan. As in the first leg (1: 1) Gladbach put the Roma from the first minute under pressure, conquered in part already in the penalty area The balls, but processed this initially too imprecise.Turbulente second half – summer with glittering paradeThe first chance was promptly offered to the guests: A header of the already successful in the first leg Nicolo Zaniolo stroked just over the crossbar (12). The more active Elf but remained clearly the Borussia. Captain Lars Stindl (13), who had used a late penalty gift in Rome, and striker Marcus Thuram (15) tried it first from a distance.After the strong start, the encounter was always contested and hectic. Bad passes changed with rapid attacks, the 44,570 spectators were fully at their expense. Gladbach then luck was in the 1: 0 hold: A sharp cross from Thuram promoted Fazio with the toe on baffled guest goalkeeper past his own goal. For the Rose team it was the first leadership of the European Cup season. After the break, it went back and forth, also because the third of Serie A now acted braver. Ex-Wolfsburg player Edin Dzeko had little to see in the Giallorossi storm, but Javier Pastore (57) forced Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer to a splendid save. A little later, the keeper was powerless, as Fazio from a close range with a volley was successful. In the thrilling final phase, both teams still had the chance to win the match – practically the last opportunity used by Thuram.