Neuer blunders as Bayern Munich suffer shock home defeat to Gladbach

AFP , Sunday 22 Mar 2015

Bayern Munich's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer reacts after he failed to save a shot by Borussia Moenchengladbach's Raffael during their Bundesliga first division soccer match in Munich March 22, 2015 (Photo: Reuters)

Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich suffered only their third defeat of the season on Sunday as they lost 2-0 at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach, whose Brazilian striker Raffael scored twice.

It was Bayern's first home defeat of the season and was only Gladbach's third win in Munich in 47 league games, lifting Lucien Favre's side back to third in the table.

Following a defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League's group stages in November and a 4-1 thrashing at Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga in January, it was only Bayern's third defeat in all competitions this season.

Despite the defeat, Champions League quarter-finalists Bayern still hold a ten-point lead at the top of the table and are on course for a third straight league title.

Raffael, who turns 30 next Saturday, profited from a rare mistake by Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, who failed to block the Brazilian's long-range shot which rolled into the Munich goal with half an hour gone.

Gladbach claimed their second on 77 minutes when Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer squared for Raffael to fire his second past Neuer.

There was more bad news for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola as Dutch winger Arjen Robben was forced off in the first-half and taken to hospital -- he also missed last week's win at Werder Bremen with a trapped nerve.

Earlier, second-placed Wolfsburg were held to a surprise 1-1 draw at mid-table Mainz after the hosts took a shock seventh-minute lead when defender Niko Bungert out-jumped the visiting defence to head home from a corner.

Wolfsburg made their possession count as Brazil midfielder Luiz Gustavo hit the post, then scored their equaliser on 61 minutes.

On Saturday, Germany winger Karim Bellarabi kept Bayer Leverkusen fourth in the table with a 1-0 win at Schalke 04.

Bellarabi, who has been linked to Arsenal, grabbed the 35th-minute winner from the tightest of angles with a superb shot across goal.

Schalke coach Roberto di Matteo was bitterly disappointed as the defeat left his side five points from a possible Champions League place for next season.

- Borussia bounce back -

Borussia Dortmund bounced back from their midweek Champions League exit with a 3-2 win at 10-man Hanover to earn their first victory in four games.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang netted twice as Dortmund picked up valuable league points after goalless draws against Hamburg and Cologne.

The win left Borussia tenth with Hanover 14th and two points from relegation.

Bremen stay ninth after being held to a 1-1 draw at mid-table Cologne as a first-half goal by Germany Under-19 striker Davie Selke for the visitors was cancelled out by an 88th-minute penalty from Cologne midfielder Matthias Lehmann.

Freiburg climbed out of the bottom three with a 2-0 win at home to Augsburg thanks to second-half goals from Jonathan Schmid and Nils Petersen.

Paderborn stay second-from-bottom after their goalless draw at home to ten-man Hoffenheim, who had Bosnia defender Ermin Bicakcic sent off for a second yellow card.

VfB Stuttgart remain rooted to the foot of the table despite their 3-1 comeback win at home to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The result means just two points separate the bottom four teams of Stuttgart, Freiburg, Paderborn and Hamburg.

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