Istanbul (AP) - Patrick Herrmann was the only Borusse who felt like smiling.
After the 1-1 (0-0) at Basaksehir Istanbul almost all players of Borussia Mönchengladbach fell disappointed despite the late equalizer of substitute Herrmann (90th minute) on the lawn. The point prevented the Gau, after two group matches in the European Football League still pointless stand.
Neither performance, nor yield were in the end but - goal had been a victory. "It did not go well. We know that we can do better, "said Herrmann after the match. "Of course we are very happy to have played 1: 1 at the end."
A defeat against the only 2014 founded retort club would have been the gameplay actually. Edin Visca had led the Turkish runner-up with many elderly players in the squad (55.) and was much more involved. That the 28-year-old Herrmann was the one who saved at least the 1: 1, the Ur-Borussia enjoyed a lot. "Of course that's nice for me," admitted the attacker, who is no longer a regular player. Of 810 possible playing minutes Herrmann played this season so far only 139.
"Of course, such games help him repeatedly to get more opportunities," praised the otherwise annoyed because of the game coach Marco Rose his joker. The fact that Raffael's free-kick, Rami Bensebaini's header on the crossbar and Herrmann's striker was a co-production of all substitutes meant that Rose was only a "lucky coincidence", but Herrmann received a special praise. "He is always engaged in training and offers himself. Of course, he keeps showing up on those moments and it's important that he shows up, "said Rose.
It is quite possible that Herrmann will play against FC Augsburg (13.30) on Sunday. Alassane Plea injured in Istanbul and had to break down from the field. Some other players also presented themselves as if they needed a break urgently. Rose announced that she would rotate on Sunday.
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