The first home loss of the season for runaway Bundesliga league leaders Bayern Munich came today at the hands of Fabian Johnson and Borussia Monchengladbach, halting their 12-match unbeaten run at Allianz Arena.
Brazilian Raffael struck twice, once in each half, and the German giants had no answer as Bayern’s struggles against top of the table competition continues.
It’s an intriguing trend, considering the Germans have demolished most opponents across Europe but now fall to just two wins in seven against the Bundesliga’s current top-five.
German defender Christoph Kramer was stellar at the back and up front, assisting on the first goal in the 30th minute, which marked Manuel Neuer’s first mistake leading to a goal in all competitions this season as the ball just simply squirted through his legs and into the back of the net.
Midfielder Patrick Hermann assisted the second, doing most of the hard dribbling work before laying off to Raffael to poke home past Neuer, another he’d probably wish he’d saved as the ball snuck under his outstretched arm. Ultimately, Bayern held nearly 70% of the possession and put eight shots on target out of 16, but only a handful were truly tests of Yann Sommer’s goal.
Bayern, despite the loss, is still comfortably ahead at the top, 10 points ahead of in-form Wolfsburg. Thankfully for the leaders, Wolfsburg drew today at Mainz, so they only lost one point of cushion. They now take on Borussia Dortmund next week, which would have been a great way to get back on track a month or two ago, but the Bavarians have turned things around completely and are all the way up to 10th position in the table and undefeated in the league since February 4th, a seven-match unbeaten run.