Early targets help Gladbach sink Frankfurt

FRANKFURT: Borussia Moenchengladbach raised their hopes of winning a first Bundesliga title since 1977 after Alassane Plea's first goals and Marcus Thuram It helped them secure a 3-1 victory at Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday.

Gladbach, who went up 2-0 in seven minutes before adding another through Ramy Bensebaini The penalty in the second half moved up one place to third with 52 points from 26 games, three behind the champion and leader Bayern Munich who visited Union Berlin on Sunday.

Frankfurt, which has now lost four consecutive league games, dropped one place to 13th with 28 points after a rude awakening when the league returned after a two-month break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Plea fired the visitors ahead after 40 seconds when he slipped to pass the ball to the keeper. Kevin Trapp in the far corner after exchanging one-two with Jonas Hofmann.

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Thuram added the second with a simple touch from two meters into an empty net after a low cross from the left by Bensebaini.

Plea then missed several opportunities, as Trapp denied him three times and also hit the wood with a scratchy shot before earning a penalty for the visitors when he was engulfed in the 73rd minute.

Bensebaini converted the point shot before the half-time substitute Andre Silva scored a late consolation for the home team with a good shot from inside the penalty area.

Hofmann was guilty of a surprising foul in the final minutes when he circled Trapp and had the goal at his mercy, but stopped on the ball and allowed Martin Hinteregger to clear your shot from the line.

Like the first matches of the day, the match was played without spectators when the Bundesliga returned to action.

Gladbach is at home with Bayer Leverkusen in the next round of matches while Frankfurt visits Bayern.