FC Bayern Munich is in danger of losing the lead in the Bundesliga: After a 2-3 (1-1) defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach on matchday 21, Union Berlin could overtake FC Schalke 04 on Sunday.
Lars Stindl (13th), Jonas Hofmann (56th) and Marcus Thuram (84th) scored for Gladbach. Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equalized in the 35th. Mathys Tel (90+3) marked the final score at 2:3
The excitement of the game was when Dayot Upamecano was sent off: referee Tobias Welz wrongly dismissed the FC Bayern defender in the 8th minute because of an alleged emergency brake. Julian Nagelsmann burst after the game of the collar.
FC Bayern have not won against Gladbach for the fifth time in a row.
In the run-up to the game, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic commented on rumors that Leroy Sané had a punctuality problem. Here is the message.
Borussia M’Gladbach – Bayern Munich: The analysis
After the 1-0 win at Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday, Julian Nagelsmann rotated to five positions, including Daley Blind celebrating his starting XI debut. In a 3-1-4-2 system, the guests started out dominant and happy to combine, but then suffered two blows to the neck within a very short time: Dayot Upamecano’s controversial dismissal and Lars Stindl’s 0:1.
Nagelsmann reacted, brought in Joao Cancelo for Thomas Müller, who had returned from the starting XI, and switched to a four-man defense. Despite the home game and the majority, Gladbach continued to lurk mainly on the counterattack and gave Bayern a lot of possession. However, this did not initially pose a threat to Munich, on the other hand Stindl had a great chance to make it 2-0 (24th).
Because the two Munich full-backs now had to protect more defensively and all the other players stayed in the centre, FC Bayern’s attacking flanks often remained unoccupied. But not so in the run-up to the 1-1: Davies stormed forward and served goal scorer Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in the centre.
At the break Nagelsmann brought Jamal Musiala and Leroy Sané for Serge Gnabry and Ryan Gravenberch – and returned to a chain of three. Joshua Kimmich surprisingly took over the role as the central link, giving Davies and Cancelo more offensive freedom on the flanks. FC Bayern continued to dominate with this orientation – until Jonas Hofmann scored for the new Gladbach lead.
The hosts then took command, kept the ball in their own ranks for longer and created chances. Ramy Bensebaini failed on the crossbar (57th). The now long decimated Munich – from the 62nd with the substitute Matthijs de Ligt instead of Kimmich as the central defender – seemed more and more tired.
There was no rush to equalize, instead substitute Marcus Thuram scored to make it 3-1. The connection gate from Mathys Tel came too late.
Borussia Mönchengladbach – Bayern Munich: The voices
Daniel Farke (Borussia Monchengladbach coach): “It’s really good for us, for the table and the mood. We were brave. But we left a lot behind, almost played it too wildly. The lads put in an exceptional performance. We’ll have a relaxed weekend.”
Julian Nagelsmann (Bayern Munich coach): “We started very well. Then came the red card, then the goal conceded. Then it gets difficult as the game progresses. Of course I was upset in the mixed zone, but please don’t weigh every word on the gold scales. We would have here We didn’t like to win.”
The star of the game: Jonas Hofmann (Borussia M’Gladbach)
Had a decisive role in all three Gladbach goals: Hofmann prepared the 1-0 with his clever free-kick, he scored the 2-1 himself and was there again as an assist for the 3-1.
The flop of the game: Serge Gnabry (FC Bayern)
Neither as a right winger nor in the center was Gnabry a factor in Bayern’s game. At the break he stayed out instead of Leroy Sané.
The referee: Tobias Welz
In the 8th minute, Welz dismissed Upamecano for an alleged emergency brake against Alassane Pléa. There was a very slight contact on the arm during the running duel, but it didn’t justify a red card. The fact that the decision was not reversed despite a three-minute VAR review seems puzzling.