Thuram scores on Gladbach return to deepen gloom at Dortmund

BERLIN (AP) – Marcus Thuram scored on his Bundesliga comeback from suspension to seal a 4-2 win for Borussia Mönchengladbach over Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Thuram, who missed four league games and one cup match after spitting at an opponent last December, scored with a header from Florian Neuhaus’ corner in the 79th minute after coming on as a substitute.

Dortmund has only one point from its last three games, increasing the pressure on coach Edin Terzić, who took over from the fired Lucien Favre on December 13.

“They’re always the same mistakes that we make. Then it’s difficult to win a game. It really stinks,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus, whose team previously lost to Bayer Leverkusen and drew with lowly Mainz.

League leader Bayern Munich can move 13 points clear of Dortmund, while Terzić’s team now faces a fight to secure the last place for Champions League qualification.

Gladbach replaced Dortmund in fourth place ahead of the rest of the 18th round, when Dortmund could drop lower with Wolfsburg, Union Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt all still to play.

“There were too many setbacks,” Terzić said. “When you concede four goals it’s hard to win a game.”

Moenchengladbach’s Marcus Thuram scores during the German Bundesliga football match in Monchengladbach, Germany. PHOTO: AP

It was Dortmund’s first loss to Gladbach since April 11, 2015, when Favre as Gladbach coach oversaw a 3-1 win at home over Jürgen Klopp’s Dortmund team.

Gladbach made a furious start and had the ball in the net inside the first minute. However, Neuhaus’ goal was ruled out through VAR for a foul by Jonas Hofmann on Jude Bellingham.

The home side didn’t have to wait long before Nico Elvedi opened the scoring with a header off Hofmann’s free kick in the 11th.

Erling Haaland replied in fine fashion in the 22nd. Raphaël Guerreiro won the ball from Alassane Plea and played it to Jadon Sancho, who sent a perfectly weighted pass for Haaland to chip over goalkeeper Yann Sommer inside the far post.

The Norwegian got his second six minutes later, again set up by Sancho after he combined with Marco Reus to elude a host of Gladbach defenders. Haaland turned sharply and fired inside the left post.

But Elvedi scored his second four minutes later, scoring on the rebound after Roman Bürki stopped Lars Stindl’s free kick.

Both sides missed good chances before the break – Haaland failed to connect with the ball when he might have completed his hat trick – before Neuhaus set up Ramy Bensebaini for Gladbach’s third in the 50th.

Thuram replaced Hofmann in the 65th. Breel Embolo, who generated headlines for breaking coronavirus restrictions last week, came on shortly afterward.

Thuram scored on his comeback while Bürki denied Embolo a few minutes later.