Hecking pleased with Malaga victory

Borussia Monchengladbach manager Dieter Hecking was relieved to record a 2-1 victory over Malaga in their pre-season friendly on Saturday having dominated large chunks of the match.

Malaga opened the scoring through a headed Alex Mula goal on 60 minutes at VfB Homberg’s PCC Stadion in Duisburg after The Fohlenelf had two goals disallowed by referee Bastian Borner.

Reece Oxford though equalised with 77th minutes played before Raffael netted the winner from the penalty spot in the 86th minute to claim a much-needed win their the penultimate friendly ahead of facing Leicester City on Friday.

The club had suffered pre-season losses to Nice and Nurnberg most recently after drawing with AS Eupen and Leeds United.

Speaking after the match, Hecking told the club’s official website: “In the first half, we had a lot of good chances. Lars (Stindl), Thorgan (Hazard) and Patrick (Herrmann) were involved in the majority of these and always looked dangerous.

“It would have been annoying if it had finished 1-1. We deserved to win.”

Oxford, who replaced Nico Elvedi on the hour mark at right back, before scoring his first goal for the club, earned himself the Man of the match award for his performance, and after the game, beamed: “I’m happy to score but it’s more important that we completed the turnaround.”

Having struggled for results this pre-season, Hecking concluded: “We hoped that we’d take a significant step forward – and we succeeded.

“The boys have 14 days left to prove to me that they deserve a place in the starting line-up.”

Up next for Gladbach is a DFB-Pokal club clash against Rot-Weiss Essen on Friday 11 August 2017.

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