Borussia Monchengladbach captain Lars Stindl missed a penalty and the team’s losing streak stretched to six games across all competitions at Augsburg in a 3-1 Bundesliga defeat on Friday.
Gladbach has lost every game since the club announced that coach Marco Rose will be joining league rival Borussia Dortmund next season, and the latest defeat will strengthen fans’ calls to let him go.
Stindl’s penalty miss was the visitors’ biggest chance in a first half that they dominated.
Raphael Framberger conceded the spot kick in the 37th minute for a foul on Marcus Thuram, but Stindl shot to the left of the goal.
Gladbach was to rue the miss early in the second half when Ruben Vargas arrived with pace and powered home a header from a corner.
The visitors pushed hard for an equalizer _ Rafa Gikiewicz produced a fine save to deny Thuram — and deservedly equalized through Florian Neuhaus in the 68th when he picked his spot inside the right post despite being surrounded by a host of defenders.
Gladbach had had 65% possession and 16 goal efforts to the home team’s seven.
But Marco Richter scored against the run of play in the 76th with only Augsburg’s third shot on target, and Andre Hahn confirmed Gladbach’s fate in the 89th.
Rose’s team remained 10th and looked set to lose further ground in the race for European qualification places with the rest of the 25th round still to be played. Augsburg moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone.