What an extraordinary win that is for Borussia Monchengladbach. At 2-0 down in the first half they looked to be en-route to a battering, but the response was outstanding and they’ve now won six of their last 12 meetings with Bayern, far and away the best head-to-head record against the champions. What a game and what a result! It finishes Borussia Monchengladbach 3, Bayern Munich 2.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
- Lewandowski (P)20'
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IT’S ALL OVER!
The red shirts flood forward but will they get another chance?
Off the line! Ginter gets back onto the line as a corner results in some pinball inside the box and he clears to keep Gladbach ahead.
A Muller shot takes a double deflection and the keeper can only watch as the ball drifts wide of the goal. Nervous times!
There will be four minutes of added time for Bayern to rescue something from this.
- OffJonas HofmannBorussia M’gladbach
- OnOscar WendtBorussia M’gladbach
Still Bayern keep coming...
- OffRami BensebainiBorussia M’gladbach
- OnTony JantschkeBorussia M’gladbach
The home side make a double change as they look to hold out.
Embolo is doing his best to hold the ball up but Gladbach just can’t keep hold of possession. It keeps on coming back at them time and again and this is a real backs-to-the-wall operation now. Can they cling on for a famous win?
It’s all Bayern but the are faced with banks of white shirts and just can’t find the equaliser.
Gladbach are camped in their own half now as the pressure continues to build. Chances will surely come late on, can Bayern take them?
Embolo is fouled by Sule but the referee plays advantage and the Gladbach forward almost immediately loses possession. That should really be pulled back for the foul, but Bayern are allowed to play on and Lewandowski gets dangerous close to turning into space inside the box. If that had gone in the Gladbach bench would have been absolutely furious.
- OffDenis ZakariaBorussia M’gladbach
- OnPatrick HerrmannBorussia M’gladbach
Zakaria has put a shift in today but that's his game done.
Gladbach haven’t seen much of the ball this evening but their possession stats are dwindling even further now as Bayern press hard for an equaliser. It’s increasingly one-way traffic after that strong start to the second half by the hosts.
Sane clips a shot towards the back post, but Muller can’t get a clean header away and it’s a comfortable save.
There are 20 minutes remaining... more than enough time for Bayern to rescue this and it would be a brave person who bets against them, despite how shaky they look at the back.
- OffDouglas CostaFC Bayern Munich
- OnKingsley ComanFC Bayern Munich
Douglas Costa's game is over and on comes Coman.
A rocket of a shot catches Ginter on the head and the referee immediately waves for medical intervention. The defender looks a little shaky and may have even lost consciousness, such was the impact, but after a cold sponge and a bit of attention from the medics he is cleared to continue. There’s a concussion conversation to be had here, but we’ll save that for another day.
Embolo nips in-front of Sule and forced the big centre-back into giving away a corner. He’s an impressive figure of a man the Bayern defender and is clearly capable, but it’s hard to escape the feeling that he would be more at home in a Burnley back-line than in the mobile set-up that the German Champions prefer.
- Yellow cardNiklas SüleFC Bayern Munich
Sule is really struggling with Gladbach's pace on the break and he goes into the ref's book for a panicked foul after being caught out yet again.
- Yellow cardMatthias GinterBorussia M’gladbach
Ginter slips into a challenge in the centre of the park. The ref allows play to continue until a Bayern shot drifts over the bar and then goes back to book the midfielder.
Embolo does well to hold the ball up and allow Gladbach to draw themselves up the pitch a little after an extended spell of Bayern possession. The forward has been exceptional today, making clever runs and linking things up nicely, playing whenever possible off the shoulder of the shaky Sule.
Bayern’s subs are undertaking quite an energetic warm-up down on the touchline and it won’t be long until we see changes. Costa and Sane are most at risk, although the latter has looked lively at times.
Stindl fires over the bar first time as Gladbach tear Bayern open on the counter again. The vulnerability of the visitors at the back is really quite remarkable for such a good side.
Hansi Flick has only lost three times in the Bundesliga as Bayern manager, but one of those was to Gladbach. Victory here for the hosts would make it six wins in the last 12 meetings with the Munich giants, a Bundesliga record.
Bayern have upped the tempo since going behind, but Gladbach can now revert to their preferred strategy of solely playing on the counter. Whether they’ll want to after enjoying so much success pressing high is another matter, it’s a bit of a tactical quandary for the home side.
- GoalFlorian NeuhausBorussia M’gladbach
GOOOAAALLL!!! What a goal that is! Gladbach win the ball back in midfield and work it to Neuhaus on the edge of the box. There’s plenty still to do, but the midfielder produces a brilliant curling shot into the top corner to complete the hosts’ stunning comeback. 3-2!
- 2nd Half
Bayern get the game back underway.
That’s half-time and you’ve got to give credit to Gladbach. They could have folded after going 2-0 down, but took a risk, pushed slightly higher up the pitch, and it has paid off big time. It’s anybody’s game now, but one thing you’d be confident predicting after a chance-filled opening 45 is that there will be more goals after the break.
- GoalJonas HofmannBorussia M’gladbach
GOOOAAALLL!!! Hofmann is played in behind Bayern’s high-line defence again and he slots his shot past Neuer. The flag initially goes up, but replays suggest it was just onside and the goal is given! 2-2!
This has been a blinder of a first half with Bayern absolutely the better side but both teams looking extremely dangerous going forward. If it carries on at this rate we could be set for a cricket score in the second 45.
So close to the equaliser as Stindl and Hofmann again combine. The latter looks to go around Neuer but the angle is too tight for a shot and he can’t pick out a white shirt with the cut-back.
Sane shoots through a crowd of bodies and Sommer does well to palm the shot away. That was a tricky one for the keeper, who couldn’t have seen it until late.
Neuer is raging after that and you can understand why. The through-ball could have been tucked away by two Gladbach players, neither of whom were picked up as they made runs in behind. It’s sloppy defending.
- GoalJonas HofmannBorussia M’gladbach
GOOOAAALLL!!! It’s a lifeline for Monchengladbach! They press Bayern high up the pitch and win the ball back. Stindl slides a lovely ball through and Hofmann tucks it past Neuer. 2-1.
Gladbach look for a penalty against Goretzka, but there was even less in that than there was in the handball decision down the other end and VAR isn’t interested.
This match is a big ask for the hosts now. 2-0 down so early on against a team with the attacking tools that Bayern possess is a dreadful position to be in, particular for a side set up to play primarily on the counter. They’ll have to press forward now and Bayern may well pick them off. There’s a chance things could get messy.
Ginter meets a corner on the full, but his header is straight into the midriff of Neuer.
- GoalLeon GoretzkaFC Bayern Munich
GOOOAAALLL!!! Oof, what a thunderous strike by Goretzka! The midfielder wins the ball back initially as Gladbach look to counter and then he’s not closed down, allowing him to unleash a monstrous shock from outside the box. 2-0.
Remarkably that is Lewandowski's 20th league goal of the season already, unsurprisingly making him the first player to reach that landmark in each of Europe's five big leagues.
- Goal by penaltyRobert LewandowskiFC Bayern Munich
GOOOAAALLL!!! Lewandowski tucks the spot-kick away to make it 1-0 to Bayern. Bit of a sickener for Gladbach.
Woah, now that is an interesting call. The referee is called over to the monitor after a VAR intervention and gives a penalty to Bayern for a handball against Neuhaus. It was fingertips from the Gladbach man. Enough for a spot-kick? Debatable.
Just 25% of possession for Gladbach so far, but they look dangerous nevertheless.
It’s quite an interesting shape from Gladbach tonight, who are really trying to hit Bayern on the break rather than compete in central areas. When they have the ball it’s a 4-3-3 for the hosts, but the rest of the time it’s more of a solid 4-4-1-1.
Embolo is played through with a ball over the top of Bayern’s high-line defence, but he’s beaten to the ball by a flying Neuer, who heads clear 20 yards outside of his own box. The flag was up, but that’s an indication of where the hosts’ threat will come from.
Neuer produces a ridiculous bit of skill, Cruyff-turning just yards from his own line before starting off another Bayern move. Lovely stuff.
Bayern have been susceptible to conceding early goals this season. In fact they’ve gone behind in each of their last eight league games, a remarkable statistic for the league leaders.
It’s been a high-tempo start with Gladbach looking to spring attacks from deep as Bayern dominate possession.
Gladbach start brightly and the dangerous Embolo gets a clipped pass away over the top of the Bayern defence, only for the flag to be raised.
There were reports that the hosts might be starting with a back five, but early indications are that it’ll be a 4-3-3 as usual.
- 1st Half
And away we go. Gladbach, kitted out all in white, get the game underway.
Ivan Perisic spent last season on loan at Bayern from Inter, and it looks like he could be set for another temporary move away from Milan.
It’s hard to argue with that, and looking at Bayern’s first team it’s quite clear why some of the new players might be struggling to make an impact. Forcing your way into that XI isn’t exactly straightforward.
" I have often explained the reasons why one or the other has had initial difficulties," Flick explained this week. "The team has a bold philosophy and plays with high intensity, and that requires a high level of readiness. For new players, more training sessions would be good. They all came relatively late."
Bayern may be top of the league and playing some frankly exhilarating football at times this season, but there’s always something to talk about at the Munich club and lately it’s the fortunes of the summer signings that is raising eyebrows. None of the big additions, notably Leroy Sane, Douglas Costa, Eric-Maxim Chuopo-Moting or Marc Roca, have exactly fired on all cylinders this season… but manager Hansi Flick has called for patience.
Away from this game for a second, and the big transfer news of the day surrounds a German World Cup winner… a certain Mesut Ozil. His lengthy transfer saga may be approaching an end finally, and you can check out the latest on that and all of the big moves in Europe in our live transfer round-up.
Serge Gnabry is the only big absentee from the Bayern XI, with the wide man absent due to a knock picked up against Mainz.
The hosts are without Marcus Thuram due to suspension, but there is a starting spot for Bensebaini Ramy.
Team news to come…
Bayern go into this game top of the table by two points over RB Leipzig after 14 matches, with an astonishing 44 goals scored being 15 more than the league’s next highest scorers (Leverkusen). Gladbach meanwhile are down in seventh, four points outside of the Champions League qualification spots at this relatively early stage of the season.
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