Lindström continued his fine recent form with a well-taken first-half double, either side of Dina Ebimbe’s powerful header. Thuram reduced the arrears in the second half after an error from Kristijan Jakic, but Eintracht held on comfortably to climb into the Bundesliga’s top four.
Evan Ndicka, Daichi Kamada and Lindström were all restored to the starting line-up as Oliver Glasner made three changes to the team that defeated Stuttgarter Kickers in the DFB Cup in midweek. Hrvoje Smolcic, skipper Sebastian Rode and Rafael Borré dropped to the bench.
Eagles overpower Foals
Having registered a goal and an assist in last weekend’s resounding win at home to Bayer Leverkusen, Lindström opened the scoring at Borussia Park with just six minutes on the clock. The Dane collected Randal Kolo Muani’s pass before wriggling his way past two Gladbach defenders and firing low past Tobias Sippel into the bottom corner.
Kevin Trapp produced two fine stops to deny Thuram and Lars Stindl, before Dina Ebimbe shrugged off the challenge of Marvin Friedrich to nod in Eintracht’s second from Christopher Lenz’s corner. Sippel was in the right place at the right time to deny Kolo Muani from the edge of the area, but Lindström converted the striker’s pass not long afterwards to make it 3-0 on the stroke of the interval.
No way back for Gladbach
The opportunities dried up after the break, but Eintracht rarely looked like relinquishing control on proceedings despite a more resolute second-half showing from the home side. A speculative Kolo Muani effort that flew high over the crossbar was the closest either side came to adding to the scoreline until the latter stages of the contest.
Alassane Plea capitalised on Jakic’s misplaced pass to set up Gladbach’s consolation with 18 minutes remaining, Thuram beating Trapp with a confident finish to give the home side a glimmer of hope. There were nine minutes of injury time at the end of the second half, but Eintracht saw out the rest of the game with ease.
Summary: Eintracht on fire
The Eagles picked up where they left off against Leverkusen with a scintillating first-half performance that laid the foundations for a comfortable victory. The visitors took their foot off the gas after half-time, but the game was all but over as a contest once Lindström added Eintracht’s third shortly before the interval.
Trapp – Tuta, Jakic, Ndicka – Dina Ebimbe, Kamada (Rode 53’), Sow, Lenz – Lindström (Alidou 83’), Götze – Kolo Muani (Borré 83’)
0-1 Lindström (6′)
0-2 Dina Ebimbe (29′)
0-3 Lindström (45′)
1-3 Thuram (72′)