Matthew Marshall, Borussia-Park – Freiburg thrashed Borussia Mönchengladbach 6-0 in an incredible match that saw the Black Forest club score five goals in the opening 25 minutes. Adi Hütter’s team failed to show up in an embarrassing and pitiful performance at Borussia-Park.

Christian Streich and his side continue to defy expectations with the victory lifting them back into the top four. Gladbach’s second heavy defeat in succession leaves them closer to the relegation play-off position than the top five.

Unbelievable start

It took just two minutes for the floodgates to open. Kevin Schade’s cross fell to Maximilian Eggestein who fired home from close range. Three minutes later it was 2-0. Christian Günter’s cross was headed home by Schade to leave the home support stunned.

Little did they know it was going to get worse, a lot worse. In the 12th minute it was 3-0, Yan Sommer spilling Vincenzo Grifo’s free kick with Philipp Lienhart capitalising.

No let up

Ramy Bensebaini was booked for a late challenge on Schade who was proving to be a real nuisance for the home side.

Grifo’s free kick was headed wide by Lienhart and Ermedin Demirovic’s shot was tipped wide by Sommer. From the resulting corner Freiburg made it 4-0, Grifo’s delivery headed home by Nicolas Höfler.

Kouadio Koné was next to be booked for a foul on Schade which opened the door once again. The visitors made it 5-0, Grifo’s free kick headed into the danger area by Nico Schlotterbeck, Nico Elvedi failing to clear which allowed Höfler to find Höler a yard out.

Borussia Mönchengladbach saw a half-hearted penalty shout turned down after Mark Flekken and Marcus Thuram collided in the 18-yard-box. Adi Hütter had to try something to turn the tide with Patrick Herrmann and Breel Embolo replacing Stefan Lainer and Alassane Plea in the 29th minute.

Denis Zakaria shot straight at Mark Flekken but the action soon returned to the other end. Jonas Hofmann was the next to foul Schade after a clumsy challenge which provided Freiburg with a dangerous set piece.

And once again Gladbach the paid the price as Grifo’s free kick was headed home by Nico Schlotterbeck.

Koné forced a save from Flekken on the stroke of half time but the hosts’ chances were few and far between. They went into the break with the home support leaving their feeling known in no uncertain terms.

Second half snooze fest

The second half was never going to live up to the first with Freiburg content to preserve their lead and try their luck on the break.

They blew a fast break opportunity in the 71st minute before Lucas Höler’s shot sailed narrowly over the bar.

The Foals tried hard to get on the scoresheet in the closing stages, but to say it wasn’t their day would be a huge understatement.

Freiburg bounce back

Freiburg came to Mönchengladbach on the back of three straight Bundesliga defeats. You wouldn’t have known it as they raced to a 5-0 lead after 25 minutes.

It’s difficult to ascertain just how good the visitors were, or the goal fest was due to the hosts producing one of their poorest performances in recent memory.

Regardless, Christian Streich’s side were clinical and took their chances. They move back into the top four after a match that will live long in the memory.

Freiburg became the second team to score six goals away from home in the first half of a Bundesliga game after Dortmund did it against Schalke in 1964.