With second place Borussia Dortmund grabbing a last minute goal to win earlier in the day, Bayern knew they couldn’t let up on their winning ways. Dortmund trail Bayern by four points for first place in the Bundesliga, but if Bayern were to secure two wins in their next four matches, they would mathematically clinch the Bundesliga title for an eighth consecutive year. Bayern would be handicapped though, with their top scorer and top assist man, Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller, missing out due to suspension from yellow card accumulation.
Borussia Monchengladbach were looking to bounce back against Bayern, as they’ve failed to score in their last Bundesliga match against Freiburg. Monchengladbach also sat in fourth place heading into this match, sitting just six points away from third place Leipzig.
To put it lightly, Bayern were shambolic defensively. Yet, they still found themselves above water.
In the 16th minute, Borussia had scored a wonderful goal from a wonderful through ball that sliced the Bayern defense like butter. However, the goal was disallowed thanks to an offside call detected by VAR. The 24th minute saw Monchengladbach’s Breel Embolo miss two chances right in front of the goal thanks to the heroics of Manuel Neuer’s world class goalkeeping.
Bayern were then gifted a goal in the 26th minute thanks to a horrendous pass from the Borussia goalkeeper. It was Joshua Zirkzee, the reserve striker, that was on the end of that terrible pass that led to an open goal and a simple pass into the net. All of those efforts by Borussia in the first third of the match and the end result is Bayern finding a way to still lead.
Gladbach did not let up their offensive pressure after conceding such a bad goal. In the 37th minute, it was Benjamin Pavard who scored an own goal from a grounded cross in the penalty box to get Borussia leveled at 1-1. Bayern’s defense was once again exposed in the first half, only this time the Bavarian side had to pay a price.
The second half started with some more graceful goalkeeping from Manuel Neuer to keep the game at 1-1. Borussia meant business and were throwing bodies forward to try and get a result. Yan Sommer, Borussia Monchengladbach’s goalkeeper, returned the favor in the 66th minute with a multi-deflected effort being saved by the Swiss man. The performances by both keepers kept this game leveled, and it was only a matter of time that someone would concede.
Bayern somehow found a way to win it.
Leon Goretzka found himself in acres of room in the penalty box to put away a simple goal in the 86th minute to give Bayern the lead with just minutes left in the match. The Borussia Monchengladbach players were visibly distraught as all their efforts once again dissipated in front of their eyes.
Bayern now see themselves seven points clear of second place Borussia Dortmund and just one win shy of clinching their eighth consecutive Bundesliga title. Bayern’s next match are on June 16th against Werder Bremen while Borussia Monchengladbach’s next fixture is against Wolfsburg on the same day.
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