Borussia Mönchengladbach has forgotten how to win: Even in the home game against newly promoted Werder Bremen, coach Daniel Farke's team did not get beyond a 2-2 (0-0) draw despite leading twice. Since the success against Bayern Munich (3:2), the foal eleven has not won in four games.

Goals from Marcus Thuram (48th) and Florian Neuhaus (73rd) were not enough for Borussia, who will probably have to bury their tender dreams of Europe for good. The table neighbour from Bremen came back twice through Marvin Ducksch (65th and 89th) and may put the topic of relegation to the files.

"We want to be dominant and set the tone," Farke had demanded before kick-off – and was initially heard: Borussia started with a lot of verve, let the ball run and came after a mistake by the only 17-year-old Werder defender Fabio Chiarodia also to the first good chance – Lars Stindl moved (8.).

Chiarodia, at 17 years and 285 days the youngest starting eleven player in Bremen's Bundesliga history, started for Werder for the first time, as did goalkeeper Michael Zetterer. A wave of illness had weakened the team of coach Ole Werner badly – at short notice, regular keeper Jiri Pavlenka had to pass. Substitute Zetterer distinguished himself with a brilliant parade when he defused a shot from Thuram from five meters (22nd).

Bremen's emergency team, however, held up well, combined complacently and also created chances after half an hour. Gladbach were lucky when top scorer Niclas Füllkrug went to the ground after a duel with Jonas Hofmann, but the penalty whistle failed to blow (32nd).

In the sold-out Borussia-Park it went back and forth: The lively Füllkrug failed at the returned regular keeper Jonas Omlin (41.), on the opposite side Thuram slipped the ball over the goal (42.).

Immediately after the break, the Frenchman did better. After a ball loss by Mitchell Weiser, Hofmann served Thuram with a hoe, the scorer scored from 16 meters flat into the long corner. Gladbach now had a clear chance plus, only Hofmann (55./60.) missed several opportunities for the preliminary decision.

The penalty follows from the foot when Ducksch scored his seventh goal of the season after an assist from Romano Schmid, who had just come on as a substitute. Gladbach, however, had the right answer when the long-injured Neuhaus scored from 16 meters. But Ducksch answered again.