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Stunning Borussia Mönchengladbach comeback seals dramatic win over Bayern Munich

Florian Neuhaus gave away a penalty and then scored the winner, while Jonas Hofmann and Lars Stindl also starred, as Borussia Mönchengladbach came from 2-0 down to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 in a Friday night thriller at Borussia-Park.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 3-2 Bayern Munich
Goals: 0-1 Lewandowski (pen. 20'), 0-2 Goretzka (26'), 1-2 Hofmann (36'), 2-2 Hofmann (45'), 3-2 Neuhaus (48')

From the first minute, both sides set a relentless pace at Borussia-Park, with the early exchanges pinballing from one end of the pitch to the other. It came as little surprise then that the deadlock was broken after just 20 minutes and even less surprise that it was Robert Lewandowski that did so. After Neuhaus handled Alphonso Davies' ball into the box, Lewandowski stepped up to send Yann Sommer the wrong way from the spot for his 20th Bundesliga goal of the season. Denis Zakaria almost immediately levelled for the hosts but it was Bayern that would score next and double their lead as Leon Goretzka first won the ball from Sommer's clearance just inside the Gladbach half before exchanging a one-two with Leroy Sane and lashing home from 20-yards. Marco Rose's side halved the deficit 10 minutes later, with Hofmann applying a composed finish past Manuel Neuer from Stindl's inch-perfect through ball. And, on the stroke of half-time, the home side were level as the pair again combined in devastating fashion; Stindl freeing Hofmann beyond the Bayern defence once more to stroke home a second clinical finish.

Gladbach were rampant and needed just three minutes after the break to put themselves in front as Hofmann this time turned provider, feeding Neuhaus on the edge of the Bayern box to redeem his earlier error in stunning fashion with a curling shot beyond Neuer's reach. The Foals' turnaround was as deserved as it was dramatic and having looked in control half an hour in, the reigning champions suddenly found themselves behind and with all the running to do. Bayern relentlessly pressed forward in search of a way back into the game but wave after wave of attack was met by a stubborn, and highly impressive, Gladbach defence. It left Hansi Flick's side bereft of ideas and unable to carve out any chances of note for Lewandowski & Co. to feed on and when Niklas Süle's stoppage-time header was cleared off the line by Matthias Ginter, Bayern's last chance to salvage a point slipped through their fingers. Defeat means Bayern could relinquish top-spot this weekend if RB Leipzig beat Borussia Dortmund, while Gladbach - for now - move within a point of the top-four.

Match stats

  • Gladbach have accounted for half of Bayern's four defeats under Flick, by beating them twice since the former Germany assistant took charge. Leverkusen and Hoffenheim are the only others to defeat Bayern in that time.
  • There have been at least three goals in each of the last seven games between these two, who have shared 29 in the process and have gone 12 meetings without a goalless draw.
  • Hofmann's brace takes him to four for the season, just one behind his career best single season return of five Bundesliga goals.
  • Lewandowski is the first player in any of European football's top-five leagues to have reached 20 league goals already this season.
  • The Poland captain has converted 31 of his 35 Bundesliga penalties, placing him fifth on the all-time list of penalty scorers.
  • Bayern's loss ends what was the longest unbeaten run of any Bundesliga team (12 matches).

Watch: Hofmann: "We're absolutely delighted"

Line-ups

Gladbach: Sommer - Lainer, Ginter, Elvedi, Bensebaini (Jantschke 89') - Kramer, Zakaria (Herrmann 74') - Hofmann (Wendt 89'), Stindl (c) (Wolf 82'), Neuhaus - Embolo
Unused subs: Sippel, Lang, Beyer, Benes, Traore
Out: Lazaro (groin), Plea (unspecified), Thuram (suspended)
Coach: Marco Rose

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Pavard, Süle, Alaba, Davies - Kimmich, Goretzka - Sane, Müller, Costa (Coman 68') - Lewandowski
Unused subs: Nübel, Boateng, Choupo-Moting, Sarr, Hernandez, Roca, Tolisso, Musiala
Out: Gnabry (shin), Nianzou (thigh)
Coach: Hansi Flick

Watch: Davies: "We lost concentration at the back"