Saturday, April 18, 2009

Borussia miss chance to escape relegation

Borussia's relegation charge stumbled Saturday in Frankfurt as they fell 4-1. While the score was deceiving as for much of the match die Fohlen showed superb attacking intent and the visit of Frankfurt is considered by no means "guaranteed" points, it is difficult stumble in the fight for safety.

After early efforts by Borussia could not be finished, Frankfurt opened the scoring with a telling error. From poor defending of set-pieces, Alexander Meier rose high to head in Markus Steinhöfer's corner. Continuing along the theme of poor defending, two minutes into the new half a poor clearance was headed back into the box and after pushed off to Nikos Liberopoulos who then beat Logan Bailly from just inside the box. Borussia looked to have a lifeline at the sixty-fifth minute after a penalty was called on Eintract's Chris for bringing down Marko Marin (who came over from Frankfurt when he was sixteen years-old). Michael Bradley's attempt was stopped and to the credit of Borussia they continued to fight. Ten minutes later in a near replay Marin was again fouled, this time by Marco Russ and the spot pointed to. This time Filip Daems, who grew up close to Mönchengladbach, was given the responsibility and the veteran made it 2-1. With fifteen minutes left, finding a point seemed possible but that ended at the eightieth minute on another defending error as Marco Russ escaped his mark to head in Michael Fink's corner. In the final stages of the match Fink added the fourth goal in the disappointing day.