Mith great commitment and the last squad, VfB Stuttgart has fought for an important point after its corona chaos. The Swabians, who had to replace ten players due to a few corona cases and injuries, scored 1: 1 (1: 1) at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Saturday evening and thus continue to keep the distance to the relegation zone. “I am satisfied that we were so competitive after the last ten days,” said coach Pelegrino Matarazzo. “One point is okay.”
The Gladbachers, on the other hand, missed the third win in a row and the jump to an international starting position. Rather, they stay in the middle of the table. In front of 41,608 spectators at Borussia-Park, Jonas Hofmann scored the equalizer (42nd minute) after Konstantionos Mavropanos had put the guests in the lead (15th). “That’s totally annoying,” complained Gladbach’s captain Lars Stindl. “We put an incredible amount of effort into it, so it’s such a shame that we haven’t rewarded ourselves.”
It was a tricky situation for Pellegrino Matarazzo after the corona chaos during the week. Until Friday, the VfB coach did not know which goalkeeper he could use in the game. Finally, the substitute goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow, who had been tested negative after quarantine, was able to play, the Bundesliga inexperienced keeper Florian Schock sat on the bench. “It’s certainly not an easy time with Corona for anyone. We have to go through this. I trust the boys to be effective today, ”said the Stuttgart coach before the game. Bredlow reported on a “crazy” week: “I’m happy that I’m healthy.”
Mavropanos surprises Gladbach
The Gladbachers were warned one way or another. Five months ago, VfB ended all the European Cup dreams of the Niederhein eleven with a 2-1 win at Borussia-Park. And on Saturday, VfB proved to be an uncomfortable opponent despite all the personnel problems and surprised the briskly beginning hosts with the opening goal from nowhere, when Mavropanos scored the 1-0 for the guests early with a long-range shot. It was the sixth goal of a Stuttgart central defender this season.
Borussia, initially irritated by the deficit, was lucky that Tanguy Coulibaly missed the 2-0 for the Swabians in the 31st minute after a bad pass by Manu Koné. But the Gladbach attack efforts were rewarded by the worth seeing equalizer from national player Hofmann. Bredlow had previously reacted excellently to a shot by Luca Netz.
The Gladbachers remained the more active team, created some good opportunities, but also had to be on their guard against counterattacks by the guests. The best opportunity for the hosts was initially given by captain Lars Stindl (50th) and then substitute Alassane Plea (68th / 78th). But the Stuttgart defense and goalkeeper Bredlow were in good shape and secured the third away point of the season with the draw.