On Friday, Borussia Monchengladbach bounced back from two goals down to shock champions Bayern Munich 3-2 with Jonas Hofmann’s brace and Florian Neuhaus’s other goal.
Gladbach, who are in the Champions League Round of 16 like Bayern, pushed high from the start, but it was Bayern who went ahead with the 20th-minute penalty awarded to Robert Lewandowski for a Neuhaus handball. It was the 20th goal of the campaign by a Polish striker.
Six minutes later, with Leon Goretzka winning possession, the Bavarians then carved out a two-goal advantage and then finished the move with a crisp attempt from 20 meters out that left no chances for keeper Yann Sommer.
But the defensive flaws that troubled them this season were once again revealed instead of having a trouble-free evening, with Hofmann cutting the lead in the 36th after latching on to a pinpoint pass from Lars Stindl.
In the first half stoppage time, the forward beat Bayern keeper Manuel Neuer once again when another Stindl sliced through ball opened the Bayern defense.
Gladbach scored their third goal of the evening in the 49th, with Neuhaus’ thundering drive completing the sensational turnaround of the hosts, before the dazed Bavarians had enough time to reply.
‘It was a really tough fight,’ said Hofmann. “We improved as the game went on and it was great to come out of the halftime the way we did.”
It was the ninth league game in a row that Bayern, a club record, had fallen behind. It was also the second defeat of the season for Bayern and just the fourth loss for coach Hansi Flick in his sixtieth match in charge in all competitions, two of them against Gladbach.
The Bavarians, who for the first time in 10 years squandered a two-goal advantage in the Bundesliga, are now top on 33 points with RB Leipzig, who will take on Borussia Dortmund on Saturday 31st. At 24, Gladbach is seventh.