Gladbach beat Cologne in eerie empty stadium

12 March 2020
2020-03-12 13:02

Borussia Moenchengladbach secured a narrow 2-1 win over Cologne on Wednesday in the first Bundesliga game to be played in front of empty stands due to the outbreak of the coronavirus. Breel Embolo slotted in on 32 minutes and an own goal from Jorge Mere from an Embolo effort in the 70th doubled Gladbach's lead at their cavernous Borussia Park stadium that is normally pulsating with crowds of 55,000.

Cologne pulled a goal back in the 81st through Mark Uth. The win lifted the Foals onto 49 points in fourth place, one behind third-placed RB Leipzig. Germany's Bundesliga matches this weekend will all be played behind closed doors with federal states banning events with crowds of more than 1,000 in order to contain the spread of the virus. Champion Bayern Munich is top on 55 points, four clear of second-placed Borussia Dortmund.

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