Bayern on the brink of an eighth Bundesliga title after Gladbach win
Bayern Munich are on the cusp of yet another Bundesliga title after they clinched a tough win against Borussia Monchengladbach.
With Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig having won earlier in the day on Saturday and Bayern Munich missing multiple first-team stars, the reigning champions had to work hard for victory to leave them just won win away from their eighth consecutive crown.
Bayern Munich vs Borussia Monchengladbach
Bayern Munich found scorers in Joshua Zirkzee and Leon Goretzka, who kept the league leaders’ commanding seven-point lead intact after Borussia Dortmund had slashed it to four with a stoppage-time winner earlier in the day.
Bayern had to do without midfielders Philippe Coutinho, Niklas Sule and Corentin Tolisso, who were all side-lined with injuries and forwards Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller suspended.
Joshua Zirkzee gave the Bavarian giants the lead but Gladbach restored parity before half-time as Bayern defender Benjamin Pavard slid the ball into his own net.
The second-half saw some real chances for Borussia Monchengladbach but it was the home side who grabbed all three points as Leon Goretzka slotted home the winner in the 86th minute.
Fortuna Dusseldorf vs Borussia Dortmund
Second placed Borussia Dortmund worked hard for a 1-0 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Lucien Favre introduced star striker Erling Haaland 13 minutes into the second half as the Norwegian international replaced Axel Witsel.
It would be his intervention that would prove to be the crucial one as the 19-year-old forward finally got the deciding goal right at the end of the added time when he superbly headed in Manuel Akanji's cross.
Even though the championship is still Bayern Munich’s to lose, Borussia Dortmund took a giant step towards ensuring Champions League football next season.
TSG 1899 Hoffenheim vs RB Leipzig
It was a rather tidy affair for RB Leipzig when they visited Prezero Arena in the first kick-off of the matchweek as the visitors won 2-0 with Daniel Olmo firing a quick brace.
After being held to a 1-1 draw at home against Paderborn last week, RB Leipzig wasted no chance in getting on the scoresheet.
Quite interestingly, the visitors were awarded a penalty with the score reading 0-0 before the VAR reversed the decision. However, that was the cue for RB Leipzig who turned up the tempo instantly.
For his goal, Spanish midfielder Daniel Olmo showed good footwork to go past two defenders before slotting the ball into the bottom right corner.
And just when Hoffenheim were recovering from the early goal in the ninth minute, Daniel Olmo took the direct route of doubling the lead from eight yards out, just two minutes later.
Though the visitors remained competitive for most of the game, the scoreline indicated a comprehensive 2-0 win in favour of RB Leipzig, who sit four points adrift of Borussia Dortmund in third place.
Other Bundesliga results
FC Koln 1 – 2 Union Berlin
Wolfsburg 2 – 2 SC Freiburg
Hertha Berlin 1 – 4 Eintracht Frankfurt
Paderborn 1 – 5 Werder Bremen
Bundesliga points table
- Bayern Munich, 73 points
- Borussia Dortmund, 66 points
- RB Leipzig, 62 points
- Borussia Monchengladbach, 56 points
- Bayer Leverkusen, 56 points
- Wolfsburg, 46 points
- TSG Hoffenheim, 43 points
- SC Freiburg, 42 points
- Eintracht Frankfurt, 38 points
- Hertha Berlin, 38 points