A makeshift Bayern Munich team conceded two goals in four minutes to suffer a shock 2-1 loss to Borussia Monchengladbach. So, in Bundesliga football results, M’gladbach dealt Bayern with a shock loss, and the hosts remain at 43 points. The visitors thus triumphed on Friday as the German top flight resumed following a three-week winter break.
Bayern Munich were missing nine players through COVID-19 infections and more to Africa Cup of Nations duties and injuries.
And yet, the league leaders still easily bossed Gladbach around for some 30 minutes. They even took the first lead in the match through top scorer Robert Lewandowski in the 18th minute.
But the visitors sensationally struck twice with their first two chances of the game. A Florian Neuhaus volley in the 27th minute first equalized 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach. Then, Stefan Lainer’s glancing header shortly after turning the game around.
Lewandowski twice hit the woodwork as Bayern desperately pushed for an equaliser but they still missed a bagful of chances.
Conditions were far from perfect for Bayern’s season restart, with no fans present because of COVID-19 restrictions. Also, a string of big names were absent, including keeper Manuel Neuer, Lucas Hernandez, Leon Goretzka, Leroy Sane, Alphonso Davies, and Kingsley Coman, among others.
Bundesliga Football Results – M’gladbach Dealt Bayern with a Shock Loss
But Bayern Munich still enjoyed a strong start and Lewandowski even came close to scoring in the 15th minute.
The Poland international was then on target a little later with his 20th goal of the season, three minutes later. He shook off his marker with a brilliant first touch and fired in with a powerful shot.
Bayern have now scored in each of their last 65 Bundesliga games, equalling the record they themselves set in 2014.
But then, out of nowhere the visitors levelled with Neuhaus volleying in because the Bayern defence was in disorganisation.
And then, M’gladbach went ahead in the 31st minute when Lainer headed in from a corner. And again, this goal was the result of Bayern’s backline being out of place.
Gladbach, who also crushed Bayern 5-0 in the German Cup in October, could even have added a third goal. Neuhaus and Breel Embolo came close to goal scoring just before the break.
Also, Lewandowski rattled the post with a shot in first half stoppage time. He then hit the crossbar just past the hour mark as the hosts pushed for an equaliser.
Running out of options from the bench, Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann brought on Paul Wanner, who at 16 years and 16 days became the youngest Bayern player to make his Bundesliga debut, and 17-year-old Lucas Copado, but the champions could not find an equaliser.