FOALS' FIRST Interesting to note that this is the first time Gladbach have led in the Bundesliga this season. UREMOVIC CARD The Hertha man was booked for trying to put off the penalty taker before he struck his spot kick a short time ago. PLEA ON POINT Calm as you like from Plea, whose penalty just evades Christensen's hand and rattles the back of the net. The hosts lead. Goal probability Goal probability determines the likelihood that the ball will land in the goal from every position on the pitch. The value is based on large amounts of data from previous years; factors such as shot angle, distance to goal and opponent pressure - as well as mathematical models.
Hofmann's second half penalty miss proved a mere annoyance for the victorious hosts. Hertha, meanwhile, await their first win of the new Bundesliga season. Full-time JOVETIC CLOSE A Jovetic header goes THIS close to going in at the corner. The fans look down to see the assistant's flag raised. It wouldn't have counted had it crept in. HOFMANN MAKES WAY Hofmann comes off hoping his penalty miss won't prove costly as Wolf enters the action for his first Bundesliga appearance of the season.
Big problem for Hertha with a spot kick to come. PENALTY NO. 2 FOR GLADBACH We go to a VAR review after Filip Uremovic appears to handle the ball in the Gladbach box. It's a second penalty of the match for the hosts. xGoals The xGoals value of a club is calculated from the sum of all goal probabilities (goals and shots on goal) of that team. During a match, it’s easy to see whether the club is performing better than expected (goals > xGoals) - or maybe even higher (xGoals > goals). Situation No penalty Review Handball? Decision Penalty CRUCIAL INTERVENTION Lovely build-up from Borussia and the ball arrives at the feet of Hofmann, who takes aim.... Mittelstädt makes a crucial block and the visitors survive. HERTHA RELIEF Hofmann looks like he's broken the offside trap and lifts a lovely finish over Christensen, who had come way off his line.
3 is made of strong stuff and soldiers on. SPECTACULAR START! Plea wriggles through and sees his shot take a slight deflection before hitting the woodwork for the hosts. This game is officially on fire. CAPITAL PACE Nice from Chidera Ejuke who stops the ball from rolling out for a goal kick, cuts back outside and wallops a shot off target. Decent start for the visitors. HERTHA GO CLOSE What pace! Dodi Lukebakio bounds through the Gladbach defence and is in on goal against Sommer. The subsequent shot is wellied wide. GAME ON! The in-form Thuram gets the ball rolling and we are GO in Gladbach.
Filip Uremović 34. 36km/h3. Dodi Lukébakio 33. 77km/h PRINCE PROWLING Hertha are in a dangerous position following a corner. Jovetic sweeps a cross-shot towards the far post. Boateng slides in and is very close to connecting. The ball fizzes wide. BORUSSIA APPEAL Neuhaus goes down in the box under a challenge from Mittelstädt but there's nothing for Gladbach there and Hertha mount an attack of their own... DOUBLE SWAP Hertha are giving this one last big go.
77% PENALTY GLADBACH Hofmann's cross is high and so is Maximilian Mittelstädt's arm, which the ball connects with. The referee points to the spot.... Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutes Speed check: The fastest player in the game after 30 minutesThrough high-end camera technology and machine learning, the speed of each player is evaluated in real time. Wilfried Kanga Aka 33. 61km/h2.
To the 'keeper's relief, the Gladbach man had not, indeed, broken the offside trap. Situation No goal Review Offside? Decision No goal IN COMES BOETIUS Hertha's recent signing from Mainz, Jean-Paul Boetius, is on for Sunjic as the visitors look to add even more pace to their attack... ITAKURA BLOCK For the umpteenth time tonight, Lukebakio blazes into the area and looks to flick a square pass to Kanga. Itakura makes a decisive block and Gladbach are out of danger. CHANGES DUE The game has hit a slight lull and it looks like we're about to see some action from the benches here...
Kick-off! TEAMS OUT! Borussia-Park is ROCKING! The teams are out on the pitch and we're all set to get going on Matchday 3 of the Bundesliga! Settle in. MORE ON THOSE TEAMS Gladbach are unchanged from the 2-2 draw with Schalke, though captain Lars Stindl is back among the substitutes following injury. Hertha also line up as they did in the draw with Frankfurt. Marco Richter returns to the matchday squad five weeks after his cancer diagnosis.
The CSKA Moscow loanee ignites the jets and takes aim. His shot is at a nice height for Sommer who winks at the cameras before parrying that one away. ALL ACTION These two teams have served up a Bundesliga cracker so far. Impossible to predict who will hit the front, although Gladbach are edging the possession stats.
WAYWARD EJUKE Chidera Ejuke picks up possession from a corner and makes his way forward before thumping high and wide of the target. GLADBACH ON THE BALL Foals fans have enjoyed seeing their side bossing possession so far this evening. There have been more shots for Hertha, however. Still, the Gladbach faithful will point to the scoreboard in response to that latter fact. SHOTS APLENTY Dodi Lukebakio and Wilfried Kanga each had three shots on goal for Hertha in the first half.
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