Reece Oxford nets first Borussia Monchengladbach goal



Reece Oxford scored his first goal in a Borussia Monchengladbach shirt on Saturday, levelling in his German side’s 2-1 win over Spanish outfit Malaga.

The 18-year-old defender, who joined Die Fohlen on a season-long loan earlier this transfer window, rose highest in the penalty area to head home a corner and make it 1-1 in the 77th minute.

The teenager had only been introduced on the hour-mark, replacing fellow defender Nico Elvedi before equalising in the pre-season clash in Duisberg.

The goal marked an impressive performance at right-back by the Academy of Football graduate having been named Man of the Match after the full-time whistle.

After the game, Oxford said: “I’m happy to score but it’s more important that we completed the turnaround.”

It was Ibrahima Traore who set up the England youth international, swinging in a corner from the left-hand-side for Oxford to nod home with power to cancel out Alejandro Mula Sanchez’s opener for Malaga.

Brazilian forward Raffael completed the comeback for Gladbach in the 86th minute, netting from the penalty spot.

Friday could mark Oxford’s return to England as Monchengladbach face Leicester City at the King Power Stadium in their final pre-season fixture, before their domestic campaign kicks-off a week later in the DFB-Pokal first round against RW Essen.