Markus Gisdol made two changes from the team that started in Arminia Bielefeld last week. The FC head coach brought in Dominick Drexler and for his debut, as he replaced the injured Jonas Hector.
On the other hand, Gladbach head coach Marco Rose made no changes from the side, which drew 1:1 against 1. FC Union Berlin last week.
The visitors took the initiative from the start and forced Timo Horn into three top stops in one-on-one situations. Sebastiaan Bornauw also had to be alert to deny Lars Stindl’s follow up, clearing it off the line. The breakthrough for Gladbach came in the 14th minute, as Alassane Plea fired home from the edge of the area. Two minutes later, Stefan Lainer headed home at the near post to double the lead.
FC had the chance to get a goal back immediately afterwards, though Sebastian Andersson’ effort came back off the post after he pounced on Yann Sommer’s poor control. The remainder of the half saw Gladbach continue to come forward but were not as clinical as in the opening stages. FC did their best to make something happen out wide, yet were finding it tough to break down the Gladbach backline.
The second-half began with Marius Wolf making his FC debut, as he replaced Rafael Czichos at the break. Gladbach had an early chance, as both Florian Neuhaus and Lars Stindl went close again. 10 minutes after the restart, Marcus Thuram went down under the challenge of Kingsley Ehizibue. FC protested their innocence, but Marco Fritz awarded the spotkick and Stindl converted.
After that, there were little in the way of chance for both sides but Gladbach controlled the game. Both Dimitris Limnios and Tolu Arokodare came on for their home debuts, as Markus Gisdol aimed to give a different impulse going forward. FC would get a late consolation, however, as Elvis Rexhbecaj struck from range to grab his first Bundesliga goal for the club.
FC are next in action against Eintracht Frankfurt on Sunday 18th October at RheinEnergieSTADION.
1. FC Köln (5-4-1): T. Horn – Ehizibue (Limnios 66’), Sörensen, Bornauw, Czichos (Wolf 46’), J. Horn – Duda (Arokodare 77’), Skhiri (Höger 87’), Drexler (Thielmann 77’), Rexhbecaj – Andersson.
Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-2-3-1): Sommer – Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Neuhaus, Kramer – Hofmann (Traore 88‘), Stindl (Wolf 77‘), Thuram (Herrmann 69‘) – Plea (Embolo 88‘).
Goals: 0:1, Plea 14’. 0:2, Lainer 16’. 0:3, Stindl (PEN) 56’. 1:3, Rexhbecaj 85’.
Referee: Marco Fritz (Korb).
Booked: Ehizibue (31’), Bensebaini (31’), Rexhbecaj (35’), Herrmann (82’), Sörensen (90’), Lainer (90+1’).