Borussia Monchengladbach 3-2 Bayern Munich: Hofmann heroics stun Nagelsmann’s sorry champions


Bayern Munich were brought back down to earth after winning the UEFA Champions League in Paris as Borussia Monchengladbach pulled off a shock win.

Bayern Munich dropped Dayot Upamecano after a 3-2 defeat against Borussia Monchengladbach dealt a further blow to their hopes of an 11th straight Bundesliga title.

The French defender was booked for a botched challenge in the eighth minute and goals from Lars Stindl, Jonas Hofmann and Marcus Thuram lifted Gladbach to a deserved victory. Hofmann recorded one and two assists in the championship.

Daniel Farke’s home side have won just one of their last five league games, but they did well here as they hit back in the second half after Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting equalized with Stindl’s opener before the break. Mathys Tel’s late strike for Bayern was scant consolation.

Bayern are therefore in danger of dropping to second when Union Berlin take on Schalke on Sunday, while Borussia Dortmund will have the chance to move level on points with Julian Nagelsmann’s Bavarians when they host Hertha Berlin.

Bayern got off to a shaky start, with Dayot Upamecano ordered off after bringing down Alassane Plea, who found himself in the centre-back’s goal after a promising long ball.

The home side took the lead in the 13th minute when Hofmann played in captain Stindl’s free-kick from the right on the edge of the penalty area and his low shot found its way into the bottom right corner past Yann Sommer.

Bayern made a tactical change, replacing captain Thomas Muller with defender Joao Cancelo, but Stindl should have had Gladbach’s second goal in the 24th minute when he shot six inches wide after being picked out by Kouadio Kone from the penalty spot.

It was a big let-off and Bayern equalized in the 35th minute when Alphonso Davies raced down the left and played a low cross that Choupo-Moting slotted past Jonas Omlin for his eighth league goal of the season.

However, Gladbach struck in the 55th minute when Hofmann calmly slotted Plea’s clever pass from the right across the goal. It was also his eighth goal of the campaign and Plea’s eighth assist.

Ramy Bensebaini rattled the crossbar for Bayern moments later, while at the other end Cancelo sent a drive from the edge of the box into the side netting and Davies fired wildly wide.

Thuram looked to have sealed victory in the 84th minute when he converted a pass from Hofmann, before Tel converted Bayern’s second from close range with a frantic finish in stoppage time.

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