September 26, 2017

Gladbach stamp out Bayern: Raffael’s double shocks Bayern

Allianz Arena, Munich

Bayern Munich lost at home for the first time this season. Raffael finished off two excellent counter attacks, and Yann Sommer made some important saves for Borussia Mönchengladbach, as the Foals shocked Bayern in Munich.

However, during the first half, Arjen Robben was forced off after a heavy tackle from Tony Jantschke, which saw the Borussia defender receive a yellow. Initially the Dutchman tried to play on, but two minutes later Robben fell to the pitch and it was apparent he would need to be taken off. Thomas Müller replaced him on the right wing. Bayern ended up really missing Robben’s creative ability throughout the rest of the match.

Despite the hosts hogging nearly most of the ball, Raffael opened the scoring for Die Fohlenelf thirty minutes into the first half. It was a good strike following Patrick Herrmann’s cross from the right wing, but it required a mistake from Manuel Neuer to get across the line.

Borussia Mönchengladbach knew what they were getting into, and were well prepared. Lucien Favre’s tactics held up solidly, as they defended with two banks of four, and used two non-traditional strikers up top. Raffael and André Hahn, the two forwards, tracked back effectively. Hahn’s pace up top offered a threat, and forced the Bayern defenders to think about him and defend a bit deeper than they might usually do.

Hahn was close to making it a two-goal lead for the visitors when he blew through the Bayern defensive line with his electric pace. His shot beat Neuer, but the post denied him with 20 minutes remaining in the match. Shortly after, Gladbach would find their second of the day.

Raffael doubled his money in the 77th minute, slotting past Neuer following a clinical counter attack. Christoph Kramer gave the Brazilian all the space he needed, finding him on the left side of the area. Raffael cut inside and curled it under Neuer.

Around the 80th minute it became apparent to the Bayern fans that today was not going to be their day, and the Allianz Arena had plenty of visible empty seats by the time the final whistle sounded.

Favre will be ecstatic with his team’s performance, as were the travelling fans. They were loud throughout the match, and rewarded their players with a great ovation after the final whistle. The victory puts Gladbach back into third, and the Champions League picture is beginning to sort itself out.

Lineups:

Bayern Munich (4-3-3):
Manuel Neuer; Rafinha, Jérôme Boateng, Holger Badstuber, Juan Bernat; David Alaba, Xabi Alonso (Sebastian Rode 61’), Bastian Schweinsteiger; Arjen Robben (Thomas Müller 24’), Robert Lewandowski, Mario Götze (Philipp Lahm 70’).

Goals: none.

Borussia Mönchengladbach (4-4-2):
Yann Sommer, Tony Jantschke, Martin Stranzl, Álvaro Dominguez, Oscar Wendt; Patrick Herrmann (Håvard Nordveit 89’), Christoph Kramer, Granit Xhaka, Fabian Johnson; André Hahn (Max Kruse 72’), Raffael (Thorgan Hazard 81’).

Goals: Raffael (30’, 77’).

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Jack loves all types of football, but the Bundesliga is his preferred league to watch. (Who doesn't love Konferenz?) A recent broadcast journalism grad from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, he also writes for SBNation on the Bundesliga and is an editor for Aston Villa blog 7500toHolte.com. Find him on Twitter: @JackGrimse

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