Gladbach fail to regain Bundesliga top spot; Schalke beat Frankfurt

By Mark Corrigan, dpa

Borussia Moenchengladbach remain second in the Bundesliga after losing 2-1 in Wolfsburg on Sunday, ending a weekend off top spot for the first time since matchday 7, while 10-man Schalke kept up their championship chase with a 1-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Wolfsburg went ahead on 13 minutes through Xavier Schlager, but Breel Embolo hit back two minutes later for Gladbach after being found unmarked by Alassane Plea.

Wolfsburg had the better of the chances, with Kevin Mbabu and John Brooks going close as the hosts dominated the second period – and they made their dominance count when Maximilian Arnold volleyed home in stoppage time.

The result means RB Leipzig stay top after their 3-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday, with Gladbach two points behind, while Wolfsburg move above Hoffenheim into eighth place.

Gladbach completely changed their midfield following their midweek Europa League loss to Istanbul Basaksehir, Marco Rose replacing Christoph Kramer, Florian Neuhaus and the suspended Denis Zakaria with Laszlo Benes, Tobias Strobl and Jonas Hofmann.

In, too, came striker Plea and Ramy Bensebaini, Gladbach’s unlikely two-goal hero against Bayern Munich last weekend.

Wolfsburg started well, going 1-0 up through a beautifully controlled first-time volley from Schlager, who did well to wrap his foot around Jerome Rousillon’s fizzed cut-back to claim his first goal of the season, with the goal standing despite replays showing Wout Weghorst a whisker offside in front of Gladbach keeper Yann Sommer.

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