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Gladbach ease past Frankfurt to boost title hopes

Eintracht Frankfurt v Borussia Moenchengladbach - Bundesliga

FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - MAY 16: Ramy Bensebaini of Borussia Moenchengladbach celebrates after scoring his sides third goal, from a penalty, during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Commerzbank-Arena on May 16, 2020 in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The Bundesliga and Second Bundesliga is the first professional league to resume the season after the nationwide lockdown due to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. All matches until the end of the season will be played behind closed doors. (Photo by Michael Probst/Pool via Getty Images)

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Borussia Monchengladbach eased past Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday as they sealed a 3-1 victory at the Commerzbank Arena.

On the weekend the 2019-20 season returned in Germany, Monchengladbach struck twice early and should have ran out even more comfortable winners as their forwards ran a sluggish Frankfurt side ragged.

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The win takes Gladbach just three points behind leaders Bayern Munich and with RB Leipzig slipping up, they jumped ahead of them and into third place as their hopes of winning a first league title since 1977 are well and truly alive. Frankfurt drop to 13th and are five points above the relegation playoff spot.

Gladbach took the lead with 36 seconds on the clock as some clever link up play found Alassane Plea and he stretched to slot home his ninth goal of the season.

Frankfurt never quite recovered from that early setback and soon it got worse.

Marcus Thuram made it 2-0 with just seven minutes on the clock as Frankfurt were asleep in the first half and Gladbach had plenty of time to work on their social-distancing celebrations.

Gladbach eased off the accelerator and had a few other decent chances to extend their lead in the first half but Frankfurt, to their credit, kept plugging away and had a few half chances of their own but in the end Gladbach eased to victory.

The visitors smashed the bar then Evan N’Dicka gave a penalty kick away which Ramy Bensebaini slotted home to make it 3-0.

Frankfurt did give themselves hope as Adrien Silva scored to make it 3-1 and moments later there was an amazing goal line clearance from Martin Hinteregger to deny the excellent Jonas Hoffman as he had rounded the goalkeeper and had a three-on-one situation, but Hinteregger blocked.

Frankfurt smashed another effort just wide later on as they pushed to get back in the game but the damage had long been done.

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