If there was quiet wariness at the Allianz Arena, it has surely now delved into a full panic, as Bayern Munich played a fourth successive game in all competitions without winning. Three of those have come in the league, the last two of which have been defeats where they’ve failed to score.
In any other circumstance, this latest loss would have been taken in isolation, coming against Bayern’s voodoo side Borussia Monchengladbach, but they had to pay little attention to history prior to kick-off, such was the importance of this game. But after 16 minutes Monchengladbach were in dreamland, Die Fohlen two to the good, thanks in no small part to Jonas Hoffman who played provider, aiding Alassane Plea for the first goal and Lars Stindl for the second.
Bayern had 72% of possession, 14 shots, over 600 passes, and eight corners, but none of those stats led to a goal, and their fate was sealed when Patrick Herrmann added Gladbach’s third with two minutes left, after consultation with VAR. The defeat not only keeps Bayern farther off the top, it also takes them to sixth place, an abnormality by their standards. The alarm bells must surely be ringing for Niko Kovac.
With Bayern off the top, it’s Borussia Dortmund who are currently kings of the land, although they had to battle to stay there this weekend. Lucien Favre’s side hosted Augsburg this weekend, and went into halftime behind, after Alfred Finnbogason put the visitors in front. Dortmund responded just after the hour, Paco Alcacer finding the bottom corner to continue his good Bundesliga form, but Augsburg only went and restored their advantage, Philipp Max putting Manuel Baum’s team back in front with less than 20 minutes left.
But Alcacer would respond for Dortmund again, before a returning Mario Gotze was played through by Achraf Hakimi, and put the hosts in front with six minutes to go. Augsburg looked to have a snatched a point, though, when Michael Gregoritsch headed home Max’s cross three minutes after Gotze’s goal, but Alcacer would have the last word, completing his hatrick in the 96th minute, to put Die Schwarzgelben three points clear at the top.
Elsewhere, Werder Bremen climbed to fourth place after a 2-0 win over Wolfsburg, Schalke got a second league win, at Dusseldorf, while a Bobby Wood double led Hannover past Stuttgart, whom decided to relieve manager Tayfun Korkut of his duties with the club bottom of the league.
Leipzig ran riot, scoring six against Nuremberg to go second, Ante Rebic scored and also got sent off as Frankfurt won at Hoffenheim, and a goalless draw at Mainz means Hertha Berlin are fifth.
Dortmund 4-3 Augsburg
Leipzig 6-0 Nuremberg
Bayern Munich 0-3 Monchengladbach
Werder Bremen 2-0 Wolfsburg
Mainz 0-0 Hertha BSC
Hoffenheim 1-2 Frankfurt
Freiburg 0-0 Leverkusen
Dusseldorf 0-2 Schalke
Hannover 3-1 Stuttgart
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