Foals get back on track with win over Bayern


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Foals get back on track with win over Bayern

Borussia Mönchengladbach claimed a much needed 3-2 win over FC Bayern München on matchday 21 in the Bundesliga. Goals from Stindl, Hofmann and Thuram were enough to see off the ten men from Munich.

The 54,000 fans at a sold-out BORUSSIA-PARK knew they were in for a thriller early on against Bayern. The away side were reduced to ten men after only eight minutes after Dayot Upamecano brought down Alassane Plea as the last man, followed not long after by Lars Stindl’s brilliant opening goal. Bayern took a little time to gather themselves, but were able to deliver a response before the break through Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting’s equaliser. The Foals re-emerged from the interval full of intent and used their man advantage well to play through the Munich backline and retake the lead after 55 minutes thanks to Jonas Hofmann. Marcus Thuram came off the bench to round off a counterattack late on and seemingly put the result beyond doubt, although a goal from Mathys Tel in stoppage time made for a nervy ending. However, Borussia saw the result over the line to pick up a big three points and continue their impressive run against the record champions.


Daniel Farke made three changes to his starting line-up compared to the defeat at Hertha, with Stefan Lainer, Ramy Bensebaini and Alassane Plea coming in for Joe Scally, Luca Netz and Marcus Thuram. Jonas Omlin continued in goal, Lainer and Bensebaini were joined by central defenders Ko Itakura and Nico Elvedi in the back-four, Manu Koné partnered Christoph Kramer in midfield, while Jonas Hofmann, Lars Stindl and Hannes Wolf supported lone striker Plea.

Netz was the only player unavailable for Borussia due to a thigh problem. Bensebaini was back after illness kept him sidelined in Berlin, and Thuram, Scally and Julian Weigl were all on the bench despite not being able to train fully this week.


7’: A free-kick from Hofmann is delivered from the right-hand side and finds Itakura, whose header unfortunately misses the target.

8’: Red card for Bayern! Upamecano pulls back Plea outside the box as the last man and is sent off.

12’:Stindl’s effort from the resulting free-kick brings about Sommer’s first ever save against the Foals.

13’: The opener! Hofmann plays a free-kick from the right flat along the ground to where Stindl is waiting on the edge of the box. The captain connects with it sumptuously and his low shot flies into the bottom corner. 1-0 to Gladbach.

23’: A huge chance for Stindl to make it two. Koné brilliantly wins the ball and drives down the left, before picking out Stindl the centre. The captain has to react quickly, but isn’t able to direct the ball on target.

35’: Equaliser for Bayern. Davies bursts down the left flank and cuts the ball back into the middle, where Choupo-Moting is waiting to sidefoot the ball past a helpless Omlin. 1-1.

39’: Hofmann’s curling corner is sent back towards goal by Itakura’s looping header, but it lands on the roof of the net.


49’: Sané, who was subbed on at half-time, initiates an attack down the right flank and finds Kimmich. His left-footed shot from the edge of the box flies over the bar though. 

55’: The Foals retake the lead! Hofmann picks out Plea with a long ball before receiving the ball back in the box and slotting it past Sommer. 2-1 to Gladbach.

56’: Another chance for the Foals to add to their lead, as Wolf’s shot is blocked by Blind. The ball falls to Bensebaini, but his first-time effort crashes off the crossbar. So close!

66’: Davies lays it off to Cancelo, who sends a shot into the side netting.

76’: Koné dances his way through several Bayern players in midfield before the ball finds its way to Neuhaus. His pass finds Hofmann, who scuffs a cross into the box that only narrowly flashes across the face of goal.

84’: Breathing space! Blind loses possession and Neuhaus sends Hofmann through on goal. He cuts it back to Thuram, who had come off the bench just minutes ago, as the striker finds the back of the net to surely put this game to bed. 3-1 to Gladbach!

90+3’: Bayern get a goal back. The Foals are unable to clear Kimmich’s ball into the box, and it falls favourably to Tel. His first-time shot sails into the bottom left corner. 3-2.


Borussia: Omlin – Lainer, Itakura, Elvedi, Bensebaini – Kramer (56’ Weigl, 90’ Jantschke), Koné – Hofmann, Plea (74’ Neuhaus), Wolf (90’ Herrmann) – Stindl (74’ Thuram) // Subs: Olschowsky, Friedrich, Scally, Ngoumou

Bayern München: Sommer – Pavard, Upamecano, Blind – Gnabry (46’ Sané), Kimmich, Davies – Goretzka (62’ De Ligt), Gravenberch (46’ Musiala)- Müller (16’ Cancelo), Choupo-Moting (62’ Tel) // Subs: Ulreich, Sarr, Stanisic, A. Ibrahimovic

Goals: 1-0 Stindl (13’), 1-1 Choupo-Moting (35’), 2-1 Hofmann (55’), 3-1 Thuram (84’), 3-2 Tel (90+3’)

Attendance: 54,022 (sold out)

Yellow cards: – / Goretzka, Nagelsmann

Red cards: Upamecano (8’)

Referee: Tobias Welz

Ramy Bensebaini returned to the starting line-up after illness
Lars Stindl opened the scoring with a tidy finish
Jonas Hofmann celebrates after restoring Borussia’s lead early in the second half

Foals get back on track with win over Bayern

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