Marcus Thuram of Borussia Moenchengladbach (R) celebrates with teammates after scoring his sides second goal during the Bundesliga match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Borussia Moenchengladbach at Commerzbank-Arena on May 16, 2020
In eerie circumstances it was Gladbach who hit the ground running, as Alassane Plea scored in the opening minute, before Marcus Thuram added a second six minutes later.
The home side struggled to find their rhythm, perhaps understandably as they made their return from the coronavirus break.
In the second half, Frankfurt again struggled to rouse themselves despite needing to mount some kind of resurgence, but the away side kept their shape against an opponent shorn of any imagination.
Breel Embolo won a penalty with a little over 15 minutes to go, allowing Ramy Bensebaini - impressive from the off down the left-hand channel - the chance to secure victory from the spot. Andre Silva grabbed a late consolation.
Talking Point - How long will it take Frankfurt to get up to speed?
Frankfurt fell behind to two early goals as their opponents started at full pelt. There is a lesson for other clubs, that if you can shrug off the break then your rivals may be too slow to catch up with you by the time you have achieved dominance. For Gladbach, that might win them a place in the Champions League.
Man of the match - Alassane Plea (Gladbach)
Plea looks like the most talented forward at Gladbach, with plenty of speed allied to some impressive technique. His goal and touch suggest that he can be a constant threat for the German side, but they may not be able to hold onto him for too long at this rate.