Bayern suffer first defeat under Heynckes

Borussia Monchengladbach

FC Bayern München lost 2-1 to an impressive VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach side in Saturday’s Bundesliga clash at Borussia-Park.

Borussia Mönchengladbach 2 Bayern München 1
Hazard makes it 1-0
Ginter adds a second for the hosts
Coman hits the post
Vidal pulls one back

Match summary

Bayern lacked their usual attacking fluency and the home side enjoyed the better chances in the first half. Hazard gave Gladbach advantage from the penalty spot before Ginter added a shock second before half-time.

The Bavarians had their chances with Coman hitting the post and although Vidal’s volley pulled one back, Gladbach hung on for an impressive victory at home.

Match report

Bayern dominated possession without offering any real threat in the final third and it would be Gladbach who would create the first opening on the break in the 13th minute.

Lars Stindl played a superb pass to Raffael behind Niklas Süle, but with just Sven Ulreich to beat the Brazilian fired well wide of the target.

The Bavarians were struggling for fluency and it took until the half-an-hour mark before Yann Sommer was tested in goal. After James Rodríguez drilled a low cross into the box, he pushed the effort away from the six-yard box with Denis Zakaria ushering Arturo Vidal away from danger from the resulting rebound.

In the 39th minute the German champions were rocked as the home team hit the front from the penalty spot.

After a spot-kick was awarded for what appeared to be handball in the area, Thorgan Hazard slotted home.

Bayern nearly hit back immediately when Robert Lewandowski saw his back-heel from Corentin Tolisso’s flick hit the woodwork, with Sommer seemingly beaten.

In the 44th minute the upset was on the cards as the Die Fohlenelf made it 2-0.

Stindl glided into the box with the ball at his feet and hit a shot in the direction of the goal which was going well wide. However, Matthias Ginter had not switched off and after peeling away from two defenders, he tapped home the simplest of finishes with the crowd at Borussia-Park in ecstasy.

After the break, Bayern surged forward as Kingsley Coman found Vidal who had a shot that failed to trouble the keeper.

In the 54th minute, Tolisso then fired a shot over the crossbar as the pressure increased.

In the 67th minute, Coman hit the post again for the visitors just before Bayern opened their account through Vidal seven minutes later. When the ball broke to the Chilean on the edge of the area, his volley squirmed in beyond the hand of Sommer.

It was one-way traffic in the final 15 minutes as Jupp Heynckes men poured forward in search of the equaliser.

Lewandowski saw his looping header fall unto the roof of the net from Juan Bernat’s cross, but Gladbach hung on for their lives to record a superb victory.

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