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Monchengladbach Hands Bayern First League Defeat

Borussia Monchengladbach defeated Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 3-1 on Saturday, handing them their first league loss of the season.

Bayern has been steamrolling through the Bundesliga, having 13 win and just one draw heading into Saturday’s away game to Monchengladbach. But the home side stood for a great performance and grabbed a well-deserved victory. After a scoreless first half, Swedish left back OScar Wendt gave Monchengladbach the lead in the 54th minute with a right-footed shot from inside the penalty area.

Lars Stindl made it 2-0 in the 66th minute and American international Fabian Johnson made it 3-0 two minute later. Franck Ribery got Bayern on the scoreboard in the 81st minute, but Monchengladbach held out and grabbed the three points. Monchengladbach has really turned things around since hiring Andre Schubert as their manager, and they now sit in 3rd place in the Bundesliga table.

“A huge compliment to my team,” Schubert said after the win. “In the first half we had some problems and we enjoyed the bit of luck you need to not fall behind. After the break the lads did very well. After the opener we were even more confident, and we went on to wrap it up.”

Bayern still has a five-point lead at the top ahead of Borussia Dortmund, but manager Pep Guardiola was not pleased with the loss.

“Congratulations to Borussia,” Guardiola said. “We were very strong in the first half and created plenty of chances, but scored no goals. After the break it was very complicated, we lost possession too often. You can always concede a goal, but after that we lost our discipline. That wasn’t good, we let them get at us on the break, and that was the reason we lost. We mustn’t neglect the core of our play, as we’ve seen in this match.”

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