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Decimated Bayern lose in Gladbach: sent off by laying on of hands


A controversial red against Dayot Upamecano – and then a lot of idle time: Bad luck and a tired performance came together for FC Bayern in Gladbach. That could cost the table lead.

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End of the day early: Bayern's Dayot Upamecano had to leave the field after just eight minutes for a light touch against Alassane Pléa

Photo: Federico Gambarini / dpa

The Bayern penalty:

The myth of the so-called Bayern bonus persists in German football folklore.

What is meant is that FC Bayern Munich benefit from wrong referee decisions more often than other clubs.

The decision made by referee Tobias Welz after eight minutes of the Munich guest appearance in Gladbach was close to the opposite: controversial, hard, and for Bayern the beginning of the end.

Dayot Upamecano was the last man to cross Alassane Pléa's path and touched his French compatriot's shoulder blade lightly with his hand.

An emergency brake, but enough for a red card for Welz.

"That wasn't a foul for me," even referee expert Alex Feuerherdt later said on Sky on TV.

The result:

1: 3 (1: 1) lose ten Bayern at Borussia Mönchengladbach.

This offers Borussia Dortmund the chance to draw level with the leaders at the weekend - Union Berlin could even pass Bayern.

Here is the match report.

Bayern trap Borussia-Park:

After victories in the DFB Cup, Bundesliga and Champions League, FC Bayern recently seemed to have successfully resisted the hint of crisis at the beginning of the year.

But in order to keep up the trend, the away game in Gladbach came at the wrong time: less because of Borussia's poor form recently, more because of the history of the duel.

In the last three years there has only been one point in the league on the Lower Rhine, plus a 0-5 debacle in the DFB Cup in the previous season.

Under Julian Nagelsmann, Bayern have not been able to defeat Gladbach at all.

An oldie for the future?

Another bad omen for FCB in Gladbach is the 13 on their back and the captain's armband: Lars Stindl's opening goal from a low shot after a nice free-kick variant was the 34-year-old's eighth goal in games against the record champions, and the eleventh Scorer point for Borussia in the current season.

Stindl's contract with the foals expires.

The veteran should have a long-term offer, including subsequent employment in the club – a decision is still pending.

The 16-minute captain:

On the other side, the Bayern captain actually had another milestone to celebrate: after appearances in the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich, Thomas Müller (429 games) has now drawn level with Oliver Kahn, only Sepp Maier is still a long way off in advance.

But Müller, who wears the bandage on his arm as Manuel Neuer's deputy, lost Nagelsmann's confidence early on: it was the captain, of all people, who had to make way for defender João Cancelo in the 16th minute to compensate for Upamecano's absence on the defensive.

It's a pleasure to see each other again:

Gladbach against Bayern, that's also the return of emergency winter signing Yann Sommer back to the old homeland.

And it didn't end up being a hoot, but a warm farewell to a deserving player.

Sommer was touched after the final whistle: "I was really happy, that's not a given," said the goalkeeper.

“A big thank you to all the fans for saying goodbye to me.

That was nice."

Not even close:

It must have been the only reason to be happy, because otherwise Sommer got a lot fired into and on goal.

Stindl missed the 2-0 (23rd minute), Jonas Hofmann (55th), who was outstanding with three goals involved, countered the interim equalization by Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Ramy Bensebaini hammered the ball on the crossbar (57th), Marcus Thuram made it all right (84th).

Where Bayern are usually outnumbered against defeats, there was no counterattack against Gladbach, even Mathys Tel's connection (90 + 3) was ultimately a gift from Stefan Lainer, who produced a candle in his own penalty area with his head.

Coman and then nothing for a long time:

One reason may have been the lack of the most recent Bayern offensive: Kingsley Coman is still suffering from the injury sustained from the Champions League success at Paris Saint-Germain.

His representatives could not convince: Serge Gnabry, who was recently also publicly criticized, only fired one shot and had to go out at the break, Leroy Sané only played slightly more conspicuously – and had to listen to Hasan Salihamidžić chatting about his punctuality from the sewing box: 'He comes in very close now and then.

Also one or two times too late, but we have that under control,” said Bayern's sporting director.

On the verge of a coaching discussion:

Gladbach coach Daniel Farke should be happy that the surprise success keeps Borussia in the race for European places after recent mixed performances - and also legitimizes Farke's adherence to his own game idea in a certain respect.

For this, Nagelsmann has to be more careful than ever in his second season to meet internal requirements - especially if the championship lead should be handed over.

Source: spiegel

All sports articles on 2023-02-18

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