Borussia Mönchengladbach scored three goals in the space of 14 second-half minutes to inflict a first Bundesliga defeat of the season on FC Bayern München.
Once Bayern settled, it was almost all one-way traffic - for the first half at least. Javi Martinez was the first player in a red shirt to try his luck, the Spain international heading a Xabi Alonso corner narrowly over. Yann Sommer stood tall to deny Robert Lewandowski following a wonderfully flowing move, before foiling Thomas Müller moments later. The Swiss custodian then pulled off a quite brilliant save from Martinez, with Kingsley Coman sending the loose ball against the upright.
Gladbach had showed signs of changing tack late in the first half, but it still came as something of a surprise when they took the lead through Oscar Wendt’s tidy right-footed finish nine minutes after the restart. Bayern’s afternoon went from bad to worse when Lars Stindl got on the end of Nico Elvedi’s flick, before Munich-born Fabian Johnson raced clear to slot under Neuer for the Foals’ third. The returning Franck Ribery’s first goal in 269 days made for a tense finale, but Gladbach held their nerve to extend Andre Schubert’s unbeaten run as a Bundesliga head coach to ten matches.
Man of the match
Gladbach lined up with three 19-year-olds in the side, but it was Nico Elvedi, on his first Bundesliga start, who really impressed at the heart of Schubert’s daring back three. As well as excelling defensively, he also grabbed an assist.
Schubert’s tactical switch from defence to all-out attack was as bold as it was brilliant. By the time Bayern had got wise to it, the Foals were already home and hosed.
- Bayern’s record in all competitions under Guardiola now reads W99, D15, L17.
- Guardiola named the same starting line-up for the second successive game for the first time since January 2014 (99 competitive matches).
- Oscar Wendt’s opener was the first second-half goal Bayern had conceded this season.
- Gladbach lined up with an average age of under 25 (24 years and nine months) for the first time in the Bundesliga this season.
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Elvedi, A. Christensen, Nordtveit, Wendt - Xhaka (c), Dahoud (Schulz 835)- Stindl (T. Hazard 90+2’), Johnson - Raffael (Drmic 88’)
Bayern: Neuer - Lahm (c), Boateng, Benatia, Rafinha - Martinez, Alonso (Rode 67’), Vidal - Müller, Coman - Lewandowski (Ribery 75’)