Bayern Munich lose two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Gladbach
Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich lost their first game since September on Friday dropping a two-goal lead to lose 3-2 to Borussia Monchengladbach.
Hansi Flick’s men were stunned by Hoffenheim four months ago as Andrej Kramaric’s double inspired the underdogs to a shocking 4-1 victory, but Bayern made up for the loss by launching into a series of 20 unbeaten matches in all competitions.
It looked like Bayern would be 21 years old when Florian Neuhaus’s handball was spotted and punished with a penalty, which Robert Lewandowski was right on. Europe’s top scorer now has 20 goals in just 14 games.
The good times continued to flow as Bayern made two in the 26th minute thanks to Leon Goretzka, who completed an excellent brace with the fantastic Leroy Sane with a long-range striped strike to relieve the pressure on Bayern’s shoulders .
However, it might have done too well of that, as Flick’s team were quickly punished for taking their foot off the gas pedal. Jonas Hofmann started the comeback shortly after the half hour mark, shooting at home to ensure Bayern’s run without a clean sheet extends to ten Bundesliga games.
Hofmann snatched another on the stroke of half-time, and it was Gladbach who was frustrated to see the referee whistle during the interval as they could sense Bayern had been shaken.
Whatever Flick said during the break it obviously didn’t work as Gladbach was in the lead after just four minutes.
Niklas Sule’s tame pass was intercepted by Hofmann, whose dismissal allowed Neuhaus to atone for his previous mistake with a glorious strike that tucked into the upper right corner of Manuel Neuer’s goal.
The defeat continues a worrying trend for Flick’s side, who have now fallen behind in their last nine Bundesliga games. While they only left points in three of them, that’s obviously something the boss will want to fix.
Bayern remain top of the Bundesliga with 33 points, two points ahead of second-placed RB Leipzig. Julian Nagelsmann’s side could climb to the top spot with a win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.
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