Saturday, May 23, 2009

a dream ending

Just before Hans Meyer was appointed to many the thought of Borussia Mönchengladbach avoiding relegation was a foolish vision of a club entranced with its past. While the history of Borussia can and should never be forgotten, the mountain to climb was great.

Flash forward the final match-day of the season and the task is now complete as die Fohlen played Dortmund to the 1-1 draw, securing the spot in next years Bundesliga. Behind the voices of Borussia-Park, Hans Meyer's man defended with grit and when problems rose, Logan Bailly was near perfect.

After a scoreless opening half Borussia three minutes shy of the hour Alexander Baumjohann's corner from the right was headed-in by Dante as he surged into the box. Borussia had the one goal lead and with the Park singing out, it was now a thirty minute match for survival. Dortmund fighting for a chance in the Europa League, leveled the match seven minutes later as Sebastian Kehl sent Jakub Błaszczykowski a long pass, with the speedy Polish international driving the ball past Bailly from eleven metres.

Twenty minutes to go, Hans Meyer calls to the veteran Oliver Neuville to steady the forces and along with Tomáš Galásek, they held Dortmund off. As the match ticked down, the dream became a reality. Borussia-Park rang out in unison as Hans Meyer and the many great hero's too their final bow.