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Thuram scores on Gladbach return to deepen gloom at Dortmund

Marcus Thuram scored on his Bundesliga comeback from suspension to seal a 4-2 win for Borussia Mönchengladbach over Borussia Dortmund on Friday.

Thuram, who missed four games after spitting at an opponent in December, scored with a header from Florian Neuhaus’ corner in the 79th minute after coming on as a substitute.

Dortmund’s winless streak stretched to three games, increasing the pressure on coach Edin Terzić, who took over from the fired Lucien Favre on Dec. 13. League leader Bayern Munich can move 13 points clear of Dortmund on Sunday, while Terzić's team now faces a fight to secure the last place for Champions League qualification.

Moenchengladbach's Marcus Thuram, left, duels for the ball with Dortmund's Julian Brandt during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Gladbach replaced Dortmund in fourth place ahead of the rest of the 18th round, when Dortmund could drop lower with Wolfsburg, Union Berlin and Eintracht Frankfurt all still to play.

It was Dortmund’s first loss to Gladbach since April 11, 2015, when Favre as Gladbach coach oversaw a 3-1 win at home over Jürgen Klopp’s Dortmund team.

Gladbach made a furious start and had the ball in the net inside the first minute. However, Neuhaus’ goal was ruled out through VAR for a foul by Jonas Hofmann on Jude Bellingham.

Dortmund's Erling Haaland reacts during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

The home side didn’t have to wait long before Nico Elvedi opened the scoring with a header off Hofmann’s free kick in the 11th.

Erling Haaland replied in fine fashion in the 22nd. Raphaël Guerreiro won the ball from Alassane Plea and played it to Jadon Sancho, who sent a perfectly weighted pass for Haaland to chip over goalkeeper Yann Sommer inside the far post.

The Norwegian got his second six minutes later, again set up by Sancho after he combined with Marco Reus to elude a host of Gladbach defenders. Haaland turned sharply and fired inside the left post.

Moenchengladbach players celebrate their fourth goal against Borussia Dortmund during the German Bundesliga soccer match in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

But Elvedi scored his second four minutes later, scoring on the rebound after Roman Bürki stopped Lars Stindl’s free kick.

Both sides missed good chances before the break – Haaland failed to connect with the ball when he might have completed his hat trick – before Neuhaus set up Ramy Bensebaini for Gladbach’s third in the 50th.

Thuram replaced Hofmann in the 65th. Breel Embolo, who generated headlines for breaking coronavirus restrictions last week, came on shortly afterward.

Borussia Dortmund players react after Borussia Moenchengladbach scored the fourth during their German Bundesliga soccer match in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Thuram scored on his comeback while Bürki denied Embolo a few minutes later.

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Dortmund's Marco Reus vies for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Dortmund's Marco Reus, let, duels for the ball with Moenchengladbach's Ramy Bensebaini during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Dortmund's Erling Haaland, left, and Moenchengladbach's Nico Elvedi jump for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Moenchengladbach's Ramy Bensebaini celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Moenchengladbach's Ramy Bensebaini, left, celebrates after scoring during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Dortmund players react after receiving the third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)

Dortmund's Mats Hummels, second left, duels for the ball with Moenchengladbach's Alassane Plea during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Borussia Dortmund in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. (AP PhotoMartin Meissner, Pool)