'Gladbach wins 3-1 in 1st Bundesliga defeat for Bayern
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 06, 2015 10:42 AM
Moenchengladbach's Oscar Wendt, left, celebrates his opening goal in front of Moenchengladbach's Fabian Johnson, right, during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern Munich in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
BERLIN (AP) — Bayern Munich fell to its first Bundesliga loss of the season on Saturday as Fabian Johnson helped Borussia Moenchengladbach to a 3-1 win against the defending champion.
The United States international put the result beyond doubt in the 68th minute, two minutes after Lars Stindl made it 2-0.
Bayern, which was unbeaten with 13 wins from its previous 14 games, paid the price for missing several chances in the first half when Oscar Wendt opened the scoring in the 54th.
Franck Ribery came on with 15 minutes remaining and marked his return after 269 days out injured by scoring Bayern's consolation in the 81st.
"When you play against Bayern Munich, you have to play with conviction and the guys did that," said 'Gladbach coach Andre Schubert, who has eight wins and two draws since taking over. Before Schubert, 'Gladbach had lost its opening five games.
Japan star Shinji Kagawa scored in the third minute of injury time to give Borussia Dortmund a 2-1 win at Wolfsburg and cut the gap on Bayern to five points.
Dortmund was leading through Marco Reus' 32nd-minute strike but looked to have dropped two points when Ricardo Rodriguez equalized with a penalty in the first minute of injury time.
However, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who also set up Reus, sent Lukasz Piszczek's cross back toward goal for Kagawa to have the last say.
"It was incredible how we came back," Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender said.
Also, Hertha Berlin defeated 10-man Bayer Leverkusen 2-1, Augsburg won 1-0 at Cologne, Mainz won 3-1 at Hamburger SV, and Ingolstadt drew 1-1 with Hoffenheim, which equalized in the fifth minute of injury time through Mark Uth.
Bayern had an unchanged lineup from the weekend before for only the second time in 131 competitive games under Pep Guardiola. 'Gladbach started with three at the back, unlike the usual five that Bayern typically faces.
The visitors dominated the first half, with Javi Martinez heading over early on before Xabi Alonso, Rafinha, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Mueller all tried their luck.
Kingsley Coman should have scored in the 25th when he hit the post with the goal at his mercy.
'Gladbach improved and then stunned the visitors by taking the lead. Johnson crossed from the left, Wendt sent it on with his heel, then got the ball back from Raffael and curled it inside the far post beyond the helpless Manuel Neuer.
"After the goal we lost our order a bit. 'Gladbach did well," Guardiola said of the first league goal Bayern had conceded after the break this season. The second and third followed shortly afterward.
Neuer couldn't prevent Stindl from poking the ball past him from close range on a volley, two minutes before Johnson sealed it after a high ball from Julian Korb.
Ribery's answer — after good work from Mueller and Arturo Vidal — was too little, too late to prevent Bayern's first defeat.
"Normally it would be 2-0 or 3-0 to us," Ribery said of Bayern's early chances. "It's football, it's a pity. We're partly to blame ourselves. But it's football, it goes on."
U.S. defender John Anthony Brooks sealed Hertha's win over Leverkusen with a header from a corner in the 60th.
Hertha went ahead in the seventh through Vladimir Darida, and the visitors' task was made more difficult 10 minutes later when Sebastian Boenisch was sent off for a challenge on Yanni Regaesel. Javier "Chicharito" Hernandez equalized with Leverkusen's first shot on goal in the 29th.
In Hamburg, Jairo Samperio scored a contender for goal of the season in the 16th. The Mainz midfielder was lying on the ground when he volleyed Johan Djourou's clearance over Jaroslav Drobny and inside the far post from a difficult angle.
Jairo made it 2-0 with a powerful shot in off the far post in the 51st, and Christian Clemens sealed the win in the 75th. Djourou's consolation came in the last minute.
Raul Bobadilla scored Augsburg's winner with a free kick in the 64th, shortly after Cologne forward Anthony Modeste had a penalty saved by Marwin Hitz. Modeste slipped as he was taking it and TV replays appeared to show Hitz using his studs to soften the penalty spot beforehand.