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2019-20 German Bundesliga
  • Marcus Thuram (3')
  • Breel Embolo (46', 71')
  • Patrick Herrmann (51')
  • Jonathan Schmid (6')
  • Lucas Höler (58')

Gladbach stay top of Bundesliga thanks to Breel Embolo masterclass

Borussia Monchengladbach forward Breel Embolo scored twice, set up another and also missed a penalty as the league leaders beat Freiburg 4-2 in a rollercoaster game on Sunday to stay one point clear at the top.

The game got off to a fiery start with Gladbach taking the lead through Marcus Thuram in the third minute and Freiburg, who had lost only one of their previous nine league games, levelling as Jonathan Schmid scored from a free kick three minutes later.

Embolo put the ball in the net a little later but his effort was ruled offside before Thuram hit the post for the hosts.

Gladbach, however, shot out of the blocks after the restart, with the 22-year-old Embolo putting them ahead in the 46th minute from a Patrick Herrmann assist and then missing a penalty two minutes later.

Yet he quickly made amends and returned the favour to Herrmann, setting him up for their third in the 51st as Freiburg looked rattled.

The visitors bounced back, however, to cut the deficit through Lucas Hoeler and they went close to an equaliser before Embolo restored Moenchengladbach's two-goal cushion in the 71st.

Gladbach are on 28 points, with RB Leipzig second on 27. Freiburg dropped to sixth on 22.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 RB Leipzig 18 +30 40
2 Bayern Munich 18 +28 36
3 Borussia Monchengladbach 18 +13 35
4 Borussia Dortmund 18 +19 33
5 Schalke 04 18 +10 33
6 Bayer Leverkusen 18 +5 31
7 SC Freiburg 18 +5 29
8 TSG Hoffenheim 18 -4 27
9 VfL Wolfsburg 18 -2 24
10 FC Augsburg 18 -5 23
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 18 -1 21
12 FC Union Berlin 18 -6 20
13 FC Cologne 18 -11 20
14 Hertha Berlin 18 -11 19
15 Mainz 18 -15 18
16 Werder Bremen 18 -17 17
17 Fortuna Düsseldorf 18 -19 15
18 SC Paderborn 07 18 -19 12