Summary

  • Bayern cruise to victory against Gladbach.
  • Defending champions' first Bundesliga win since Matchday 5.
  • Vidal and Costa with the goals.

FC Bayern München ended a run of two Bundesliga games without a win courtesy of a polished victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

FC Bayern München 2-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach

Goals: 1-0 Vidal (16'), 2-0 Costa (31')

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After USMNT international Fabian Johnson passed up the chance to give Gladbach the lead inside ten minutes, Bayern assumed complete control of proceedings at the Allianz Arena. Rafinha volleyed into the side netting as the Bavarians steadily ramped up the pressure in a blistering spell of attacking football that created further chances for Robert Lewandowski and culminated in well-taken goals by South American duo Arturo Vidal and Douglas Costa.

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Gladbach head coach Andre Schubert reverted to a five-man back line in a bid to stem the flowing tide, but the tactical shift did little to alter the pattern of the game. Further opportunities fell the way of Arjen Robben and Lewandowski, and while Gladbach did come close to pulling one goal back against the run of play when Andre Hahn struck the bar, the end result was never in any doubt.

Douglas Costa's emphatic finish gave Bayern a deserved 2-0 lead before half-time. © imago

Man of the Match

Bayern had so many candidates, but Costa takes it by a nose. The Brazil international has not lost an inch of his pace, trickery and end product following injury, and flourished in a freer attacking role.

Talking Point

Carlo Ancelotti demanded an improvement following back-to-back Bundesliga stalemates with 1. FC Köln and Eintracht Frankfurt, and his players responded in kind in conceivably their most accomplished display of the post-Pep Guardiola era.

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Match Stats

  • Vidal was directly involved in a Bundesliga goal for the first time this season.
  • Costa scored his first ever right-footed Bundesliga goal.
  • Gladbach have won only one of their last 15 away games in the Bundesliga.

Line-ups

Bayern: Neuer (c) - Rafinha (Kimmich 83'), Martinez, Hummels, Alaba - Alonso - Thiago, Vidal - Robben (Sanches 80'), Costa (Müller 73') - Lewandowski

Coach: Carlo Ancelotti

Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Elvedi, Vestergaard, Wendt (Schulz 65') - Kramer, Strobl - Hofmann (Jantschke 46'), Stindl (c), Johnson - Hahn (Herrmann 79')

Coach: Andre Schubert