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Below-par Bayern suffer setback in Gladbach

Bayern invested plenty of effort against Borussia Mönchengladbach in Friday night’s Bundesliga restart fixture, but FCB lacked the spark to break down the stubborn home defence and were caught out badly on the break, as the men from Munich fell to an unlooked-for 3-1 defeat.

The 54,047 full house crammed into Borussia Park saw Marco Reus and Patrick Herrmann score before half-time to put the home side firmly in the driving seat, with Jupp Heynckes’ men dominating possession but making too little of it in the first 45 minutes.

The visitors came out for the restart with plenty of aggression and running, but still found chances elusive against the packed Gladbach defence. FCB’s vulnerability on the break led to Herrmann adding a third with 20 minutes to go, and although Bastian Schweinsteiger cut the deficit quarter of an hour from time, there was no way back for the men in red.

The result means FCB retain their lead at the top of the Bundesliga with 37 points from 18 matches, but the Reds are now only one point clear of Mönchengladbach and three ahead of Dortmund and Schalke. The Bavarians are next in action a week on Saturday when Felix Magath’s Wolfsburg visit the Allianz Arena.