Match report: Gladbach 2-1 Bayern

Borussia Mönchengladbach came from behind to stun Bayern Munich at Borussia Park on Saturday evening.

Defeat leaves Bayern Munich down in seventh and seven points behind Marco Rose’s side who top the German Bundesliga table.

Thomas Müller’s missed the game’s first opportunity when the former Germany star poked wide from only three yards out at the far post.

Six minutes later Robert Lewandowski saw his curling effort narrowly go wide with goalkeeper Yann Sommer beaten as Bayern Munich dominated proceedings from the off.

Sommer then made an incredible reaction save to deny Joshua Kimmich giving the visitors the lead midway through the first half. The full-back’s powerful 20-yard effort went through the goalkeeper who miraculously managed to gather himself and rescue the ball with his outstretched fingertips, just millimeters before the ball was going to cross the line.

Substitute Ivan Perišić broke the deadlock four minutes after the break. With teammates lining up to shoot it was the Croatian who took responsibility and caught Sommer out with a fine 16-yard half volley on the turn. The Gladbach shot stopper could only get fingertips to the ball, but not enough to prevent the ball from crossing the goalline this time.

Marco Rose’s side equalised against the run of play on the hour with Ramy Bensebaini’s powerful header from a corner that gave Manuel Neuer no chance in the Bayern goal.

As Hans-Dieter Flick’s side pushed for a later winner, Gladbach caught them out on the counter-attack and were awarded a penalty in stoppage time when Marcus Thuram beat substitute Javi Martínez to the ball and went down under the Spaniard’s challenge. Martínez subsequently received his second yellow card. The 31-year-old had replaced the injured Jérôme Boateng earlier in the second half. Bayern had already lost Corentin Tolisso to injury in the first half.

Bensebaini kept his nerve to smash home to spot kick to ensure Borussia Mönchengladbach remain league leaders after 14 games, one point ahead of RB Leipzig and seven clear of defending champions Bayern Munich.

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