Borussia Mönchengladbach have leapfrogged Borussia Dortmund to go fourth in the Bundesliga following an entertaining Friday night encounter.
Marco Rose’s side came out on top in a six goal thriller, which saw Marcus Thuram make a goalscoring return from a six-match ban for spitting in the second half.
Gladbach thought they’d taken the lead inside the first minute when Jonas Hofmann robbed Jude Bellingham on the edge of the box, and Florian Neuhaus curled a stunning finish past Roman Bürki.
But after consulting VAR, the referee disallowed the goal for a foul on Bellingham.
Gladbach then had the ball in the net again in the 11th minute. Hofmann’s free-kick was delivered into the box from the right, and Nico Elvedi found himself unmarked to head past Bürki from the edge of the the six-yard box.
Again the goal was subject of a lengthy VAR check, but this time it was allowed to stand despite a suspicion of offside against Elvedi.
Gladbach's last three goals 👇 ⚽ Nico Elvedi ⚽ Nico Elvedi ⚽ Nico Elvedi
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That goal acted as a wake up call for BVB, and they were soon level. Jadon Sancho slipped in Erling Haaland and the Norwegian finished brilliantly from a tight angle to equalise.
Emre Can then had an effort cleared off the line before Dortmund went 2-1 up in the 28th minute. Marco Reus combined with Sancho, who slipped it through to Haaland to fire in his second goal of the game.
And then, to cap off a crazy opening 30 minutes, Gladbach equalised. Lars Stindl’s free-kick from range was spilled by Bürki, and Elvedi was on hand to tap in the rebound for his second of the night.
If you thought things would calm down in the second half, you were mistaken. Just four minutes after the interval, Gladbach went back in front when Ramy Bensebaini cut in from the left flank and curled an effort into the far corner.
Bensebaini with a quite extraordinary finish for Gladbach 😲 (49') #BMGBVB 3-2
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The hosts then very nearly went 4-2 up when Dortmund were caught on the break and Alassane Pléa found himself in on goal, but some good tracking back from Bellingham was just enough to put the Frenchman off his finish.
Raphaël Guerreiro went close to equalising for the away side when he tested Jan Sommer with a clean strike, but Gladbach then made it 4-2 with 12 minutes remaining.
A corner into the box found substitute Thuram, who headed home his third goal of the season on his return from a six-match ban for spitting in the face of the Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch in December.
Breel Embolo then almost made it 5-2, but his shot was saved by the feet of Bürki.
Edin Terzić’s Dortmund have now gone three matches without a win, leaving them fifth in the table.