Offside, goalkeeper mistake, own goal – and a dramatic turn just before the end. The duel between FC Bayern and Borussia Mönchengladbach had everything a top game needs.
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FC Bayern made a big step towards the championship in the Saturday evening game against Borussia Mönchengladbach. Without the suspended Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Müller, the Munich team won 2-1. The decisive goal shortly before the end was scored by Leon Goretzka (86.). After the game, he said: “To make such a late goal to victory that enables us to win the championship on Tuesday – I’m currently very happy about that.”
Previously, Joshua Zirkzee (26.) scored for Bayern and Benjamin Pavard by own goal for Gladbach (37.). A supposed 1-0 for Gladbach by Jonas Hofmann (16.) was canceled due to a tight offside position by the video assistant.
So the game went
Before Goretzka’s happy and well-deserved closing point, there were curious goals to marvel at in Munich’s 50th Bundesliga victory against Gladbach. After a slapstick insert by Borussia keeper Yann Sommer, youngster Joshua Zirkzee (26 minutes) took the lead for the Hansi Flick team. But an own goal by Bayern’s world champion Benjamin Pavard (37th) ensured the equalization.
Benjamin Pavard (left) scores for the own goal: the world champion involuntarily scored the equalizer. (Source: Poolfoto / imago images)
Without top scorer Lewandowski and top template giver Müller, the Munich team lost speed in the chase for the 101 goal mark, with 92 goals Bayern. The 19-year-old Zirkzee kept his own quota high as a Lewandowski replacement with his fourth goal in the eighth league game. But a number of changes have long been noticed in the game of the German football champions. In the end, however, they showed more will.
Summer shines and blows
Mickaël Cuisance had the Müller position in his starting eleven debut for Bayern, of all things, against the former club Pech in the end. A direct acceptance just missed the goal (11th), a header went past (39th). World champion Lucas Hernández, instead of the pausing Alphonso Davies, revealed some problems with Gladbach’s Patrick Herrmann in reverse, the left-back failed with a big chance of summer in the front.
Manuel Neuer: The Bayern goalkeeper performed well against Gladbach. (Source: Poolfoto / imago images)
After the brilliant parade against Hernández, summer was also the focus of Munich’s 1-0. His completely unsuccessful cross pass landed at Zirkzee, which ended from 20 meters with a dry low shot into the orphaned Gladbacher Tor. Coach Marco Rose bowed his head in frustration, the manager Max Eberl, who was banished to the stands after his red card, looked grumpy.
Rummenigge visibly acidic
In front, Borussia was similarly handicapped by FC Bayern after ten minutes due to Alassane Pléa’s suspension and Marcus Thuram’s injury. Nevertheless, there were good chances. After a goal by Jonas Hofmann (16.) did not count due to an offside position, Sommers compatriot Breel Embolo awarded twice in one scene promising. First he headed from a short distance to Neuer, he put the margin over (25th). A defense mishap also helped Borussia: Herrmann’s cross clumsily led Pavard into his own goal – visible to the annoyance of CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in the stands.
Flick: “Happy that we could keep our distance”
Müller was not only missing as an offensive force, but also as a spokesman. In this role, Joshua Kimmich, in particular, stood out in the empty arena, alongside defense chief David Alaba. “Do not become passive, we have to be greedy” or “body language” were two vocal demands that all Bavarians took to heart in the end.
Flick set the tone with the entry of Alphonso Davies and Kingsley Coman, Bayern increased the pressure. But Gladbach also continued to play courageously. Goretzka caused late Munich cheers. Pechvogel Pavard, who had done the preparatory work, was particularly happy.
Hansi Flick said after the game: “Benji is a professional, one hundred percent, you can rely on him. We play from time to time with the risk that such actions can go into your own goal. I am happy that the team did it that way. Gladbach had a full week to rain. I’m happy that we were able to keep the distance. ” Gladbach coach Marco Rose, on the other hand, said: “Overall, it was a very annoying defeat because we have a lot planned for today.”