Borussia Mönchengladbach completed the 2011/12 double over Bayern Munich on Friday evening to move within 1 point of top spot with a 3-1 victory at Borussia-Park.
Despite Bayern Munich controlling the play in the early stages of the game, it was the home side who took the lead. A mistake from Manuel Neuer in goal as his scuffed clearance fell straight to Marco Reus on 11 minutes who volleyed home into the unguarded net from 35 yards out.
At the start of this month, Marco Reus agreed to join Borussia Dortmund, but will see the 2011/12 season out with Borussia Mönchengladbach. His goal on 11 minutes was his 11th of what has been a remarkable season for the 22-year old so far.
Another player finding the net regularly this season on display on Friday was Mario Gomez. He had an opportunity to hit back immediately, but his header from Arjen Robben’s cross was well-saved by Marc-Andre ter Stegen.
Similar to the opening day of the season when Lucien Favre’s defence refused to let Bayern Munich in beyond the back line, Bayern Munich were failing to create any clear cut opportunities in this match. Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and the returning Bastian Schweinsteiger forced easy saves out of the young goalkeeper who had a clean sheet going into half time.
Patrick Herrmann doubled Gladbach’s lead before the break after Mike Hanke released the youngster in behind the defence before placing the ball behind the encroaching Manuel Neuer for 2-0. Hanke still had time to fire a shot wide of goal before the first half came to an end.
Borussia Mönchengladbach weren’t settling for a 2-0 lead when they came out in the second half looking to add a third. However, they went a long period during the second half without finding the killer pass in the final third to unlock the Bayern defence.
That was until the 71st minute when Marco Reus lead a counter-attack to slide in Patrick Herrmann who dribbled the ball around Neuer and slid it home for his second of the game.
A rare occasion that Gladbach defended poorly in this match lead to Bastian Schweinsteiger scoring a consolation goal from 6 yards when the defence failed to deal with a corner. After, the home sides resolute defending saw them hold out for a 3-1 victory.
Bayern Munich’s chance to get back to winning ways is a home game with VfL Wolfsburg next Saturday. Gladbach travel to VfB Stuttgart the following day.