A superb header by Freiburg substitute Nils Petersen secured a 1-0 home win over 10-man Borussia Monchengladbach who had striker Alassane Plea sent off late in the second half of a lively Bundesliga game on Friday.
- Stream ESPN FC Daily on ESPN+ (U.S. only)
The result left Gladbach fourth on 56 points from 30 games and dented their hopes of clinching a Champions League berth, with fifth-placed Bayer Leverkusen level on points with them ahead of Saturday's home game against leaders Bayern Munich.
The visitors missed a string of chances before Petersen met a Vincenzo Grifo cross and headed past goalkeeper Yann Sommer from 10 metres in the 58th minute, with Plea getting his marching orders 10 minutes later for a second bookable foul.
Freiburg, chasing a Europa League qualifying spot, stayed eighth on 41 points but are within a point of the two sides above them, gained the upper hand in the closing stages with Sommer denying Lucas Hoeler with a fine reflex save.