Borussia Mönchengladbach underlined their reputation as Bayern Munich's bogey team with a 2-1 home victory over the Bundesliga leaders on Saturday evening.
Gladbach 2-1 Bayern Munich
Goals: 1-0 Hazard (pen. 39'), 2-0 Ginter (44'), 2-1 Vidal (74')
Gladbach went into this game full of confidence, having gone unbeaten in their last five competitive outings, and their self-belief was visible from the off. Bayern, hounded by their hosts, struggled to develop any rhythm and missed the creativity of injured duo Thiago and Arjen Robben, with chances at a premium early on. The home team took the lead from the penalty spot after a Niklas Süle handball, with Matthias Ginter doubling their advantage on the stroke of half-time.
Bayern were much improved after the interval, pegging the Foals back into their own half. It was not until the 74th minute that the pressure took its toll, though, with Arturo Vidal's superb left-footed volley from long distance sneaking past Yann Sommer and into the bottom corner. That set up a gripping finale as the guest sought an equaliser, but the best chance fell to Gladbach substitute Josip Drmic on the break, only for the Swiss forward to drag his effort wide. It was ultimately of little consequence though, as Dieter Hecking's men held on to all three points.
- Bayern have only won six of their last 16 Bundesliga meetings with Gladbach (five draws, five defeats)Robert Lewandowski has scored against all 18 current Bundesliga clubs, but has only done so once against Gladbach, and not at all since he's been at Bayern.Javi Martinez captained Bayern for the first time ever in this game - his 95th Bundesliga appearance for the club.Hazard has scored all four penalties he has taken this season. Ginter has found the net three times already in 2017/18 - a personal best for the defender in a single season. Marco Friedl made his Bundesliga debut for Bayern.
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Ginter, Vestergaard, Wendt - Hazard, Kramer (Jantschke 11', Johnson 46'), Zakaria, Herrmann - Stindl (c), Raffael (Drmic 90+1')
Substitutes: Sippel, Oxford, Drmic, Johnson, Jantschke, Cuisance, Grifo
Coach: Dieter Hecking
Bayern: Ulreich - Kimmich, Süle, Hummels (c), Bernat (Coman 45') - Martinez, Rudy (Wriedt 68') - Tolisso, Vidal, James (Friedl 46') - Lewandowski
Substitutes: Starke, Boateng, Wriedt, Coman, Dorsch, Friedl
Coach: Jupp Heynckes
Watch: Hazard gives his thoughts on Gladbach's hard-fought win over Bayern