In a thrilling match at Borussia-Park, Mönchengladbach and Dortmund shared six goals, that keeps BVB eight points clear at the top of the table. The visitors made three changes from the side that beat Juventus on Wednesday night, with Dennis Praet and Felipe Santana both returning to the starting line-up and scoring, and Taye Taiwo replaced Marcel Schmelzer who’s a yellow card away from a match ban.
Julian Schieber pounced to fire Dortmund in front inside ten minutes after Marc ter Stegen palmed away a shot from Robert Lewandowski, but Alexander Søderlund headed the hosts level inside three minutes. Dennis Praet put BVB back front front ten minutes before the break, turning home a Marco Reus cross, but BMG equalised shortly after with a fine finish from Luuk de Jong.
After sustained pressure, de Jong put BMG in front for the first time in the match some 20 minutes after the break, and was denied a fine hat-trick by an Assistant’s flag. With four minutes remaining, Felipe Santana flicked home a header from a Praet corner to share the points.
BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH 3-3 BORUSSIA DORTMUND Søderlund 11 Schieber 8 de Jong 38, 65 Praet 34 Santana 86 Att: 54,057 Bundesliga, Borussia-Park. Dry, 11°C. Ref: M.Weiner
BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH BORUSSIA DORTMUND 1. Marc ter Stegen (c) 6.8 | 1. Roman Weidenfeller 7.0 24. Tony Jantschke 7.0 | 2. Andreas Beck 6.9 23. Felipe 6.9 | 15. Felipe Santana 8.0 15. Alvaro Domínguez 7.0 | 5. Mats Hummels (c) 7.0 17. Oscar Wendt 7.0 | 14. Taye Taiwo 6.3 7. Patrick Herrmann 7.9 | 26. Dennis Praet 8.4 16. Havard Nordtveit [Y] 7.3 | 6. Sven Bender [Y] 7.0² 6. Jens Hegeler 7.4² | 11. Marco Reus 6.1¹ 16. Juan Arango 6.6¹ | 10. Mario Götze 6.7 11. Alexander Soderlund 7.7 | 23. Julian Schieber 8.2 9. Luuk de Jong [*] 9.2 | 9. Robert Lewandowski 6.9³ ------------------------------ | ----------------------------- 13. Benjamin Kirsten . | 20. Mitchell Langerak . 2. Matthias Zimmermann n/a² | 4. Neven Subotic . 3. Édgar Castillo . | 7. Viktor Fischer 6.4³ 5. Ragnar Klavan . | 8. Ilkay Gündogan 6.7² 8. Derk Boerrigter . | 19. Kevin Großkreutz . 10. Igor de Camargo 6.8¹ | 22. Julian Koch . 14. José Rivas . | 30. Jakub Blaszczykowski 6.0¹
Match report by @realtimeFM:
“I can’t look beyond Dortmund for this game. They’re a good side and should be able to continue their march towards the title. Mönchengladbach will miss key personnel in Mike Hanke and Granit Xharka.” – Jürgen Herzong, Mönchengladbach Herald.
Andreas Beck is making his 25th league appearance for BVB. Robert Lewandowski hasn’t scored in four matches, and is one goal away from his 50th Bundesliga goal for the club.
 Mönchengladbach kick off!
 Andreas Beck concedes the first foul of the game, but the delivery from out wide is cleared away before Taiwo is fouled.
 Søderlund hits one from thirty yards but it’s straight at Weidenfeller who has an easy save to make.
 Great work from Julian Schieber to beat two men and have a shot at goal but he cracks it just over the bar.
 1-0 DORTMUND! The visitors take the lead when Julian Schieber has another run at the defence, before pulling it back to Dennis Praet who plays Robert Lewandowski clean through. His shot is parried by Marc ter Stegen and Schieber has an easy tap-in from ten yards out.
 A cross from the right from Marco Reus tests Ter Stegen, with pressure coming from Mario Götze, but the young ‘keeper gathers cleanly.
 EQUALISER! Gladbach are level inside three minutes when Alexander Søderlund powers a header past Weidenfeller from Luuk de Jong’s cross. Only one clean sheet for Dortmund in their last fourteen matches.
 Dortmund aren’t taking that laying down, immediately going straight on the attack down the left through Taiwo. His cross is put behind at the far post for a corner before Reus can turn it home.
 Marco Reus drifts in from the right unchallenged but sends a twenty yard shot wide.
 Gladbach’s defensive style of backing off is going to cause them problems against this Dortmund side who love to run with the ball. Schieber isn’t closed down and only a fingertip save from Ter Stegen denies him from the edge of the box.
 The corner is headed behind for another.
 Short corner worked towards Sven Bender on the edge of the box but his thunderous drive whistles over the top, just as the rain starts to fall.
 Sven Bender is the first player in the book as he bundles over Patrick Herrmann.
 Mönchengladbach win their first corner when Andreas Beck knocks a cross behind. Lewandowski puts the delivery behind for another which is hammered away by Taiwo at the near post.
 Relatively quiet last ten minutes, all the action has been in the middle third, with neither ‘keeper tested.
 2-1 DORTMUND! Julian Schieber tries to find an unmarked Dennis Praet ten yards out but over-hits his pass. It’s picked-up by Marco Reus who fires it back into the six yard box and Praet smashes home the cross.
 Gladbach are throwing everything at the Dortmund back four, but Mats Hummels is clearing everything.
 EQUALISER! Well maybe not everything! The home side are back on level terms when Luuk de Jong is played through by Jens Hegeler and fires low and hard past Weidenfeller.
 A Gladbach corner is cleared away and Marco Reus brings the ball forwards at pace over half-way before tangling with Tony Jantschke. The Dortmund man stays down before being stretchered off.
 Change for Dortmund¹: Jakub Blaszczykowski replaces the injured Marco Reus (6.1) on BVB’s right wing.
 Blaszczykowski wins Dortmund a corner, which Felipe Santana heads over the top.
 Two additional minutes.
[45+2] Havard Nordtveit somehow doesn’t put the hosts in front. Him, de Jong and Soderlund exchange passes to work the ball into the box, but Nordtveit can’t apply the finish and Dortmund clear their lines.
[45+2] Juan Arango is receiving treatment after Andreas Beck’s firm challenge.
[45+4] We’re still playing here at Borussia-Park as Dortmund manager Gray Surman taps his watch. The flag stays down for Alexander Soderlund from Nordtveit’s ball over the top, but his lob drops just over the top.
HALF-TIME: Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-2 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)
 Mönchengladbach have made a change at the break¹: Igor de Camargo is on for the injured Juan Arango (6.6).
 Blaszczykowski is sending crosses into the box, but Gladbach’s centre-backs are first to everything.
 Jakub Blasczykowski stumbles and goes down under pressure from Jens Hegeler in the box, but the referee isn’t impressed. Yellow card for simulation.
 Michael Weiner cautions Havard Nordtveit after he fouls Sven Bender.
 Weidenfeller saves well from De Camargo after he dances round his marker and strikes one from 15 yards out. The loose ball drops to Luuk de Jong but he has his follow-up saved by the ‘keeper.
 Double change for Dortmund²³ who bring on Viktor Fischer and Ilkay Gündogan for Bender (7.0) and Lewandowski (6.9).
 Mats Hummels shadows De Camargo well and times his challenge perfectly to deny the Mönchengladbach a strike at goal, but the home side have a corner.
 3-2 MONCHENGLADBACH! The home side have looked the more likely to score since the break, and Luuk De Jong puts them in front for the first time in the game. Patrick Herrmann outpaces Taye Taiwo before sending in a cross that De Jong converts.
 Schieber plays in Viktor Fischer who looks up and chips the ball over Marc ter Stegen from the edge of the box, but his shot hits the underside of the bar and bounces back out before being cleared.
 Luuk de Jong thinks he’s scored his hat-trick, but the flag is up on the near side. Tight call, but a correct one.
 Corner for Mönchengladbach is headed away by Mats Hummels.
 Jantschke heads behind Praet’s through ball for Götze. From the corner there’s a scramble at the near post but it’s cleared away.
 Ten minutes to go here. Dortmund committing more men forward but it’s Mönchengladbach that look the more dangerous.
 Corner for the hosts, they lead 8-5 on that count.
 Great ball from Praet for Schieber, and Dortmund win a corner when Wendt makes a challenge.
 EQUALISER FOR DORTMUND! BVB had scored a league-high 21 goals from corners in Bundesliga this season (next are Mainz with 8) and they’ve just made it 22 to level the match at three-all. Praet’s delivery is headed home at the near post by Felipe Santana for his ninth goal of the season.
 Julian Schieber should have scored just then. Ran on to a Dennis Praet pass perfectly, beat his man, but dragged his shot wide from only 10 yards out. Gilt-edged opportunity.
 Two additional minutes.
 At either end, De Camargo and Fischer have speculative shots, but neither troubles the ‘keeper.
FULL-TIME: Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-3 Borussia Dortmund (Bundesliga)