Crowd sourcing: 13000 cut-outs to attend Gladbach game

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 24, 2020

Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl said: "The cardboard cutouts are a monument".

And it was the pre-captured grins and celebrations from the small collection of Leverkusen supporters that proved most fitting, with Havertz continuing his superb form since German top-flight football returned.

Season ticket holders can have their cardboard lookalike allocated to their regular spot at Borussia Park.

"We're arranging close to 13,000 cut-outs, but nearly 20,000 have been ordered already", Thomas Ludwig, head of the supporters' group, told AFP subsidiary SID.

"Our volunteers were busy here on Friday".

On the second weekend since the Bundesliga restarted, the figures were spread out around the Gladbach stadium along with banners, some of which were protesting against games behind closed doors.

The visitors from Leverkusen were also represented in the stands on Saturday.

However, the cut-outs couldn't inspire the hosts as rising Germany star Kai Havertz, 20, netted an early goal for Leverkusen and converted a second-half penalty.

A Sven Bender header made sure of the points for Leverkusen with nine minutes left, giving them a win that sees them leapfrog Monchengladbach into third place in the table, eight points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

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