Bundesliga wrap: Tight at the top (again) as Gladbach loses

Nicholas Mendola

Borussia Monchengladbach arrived to the 12th match day of the Bundesliga season with a 4-point table lead and a witty little PR Song about being back on top.

It promptly lost to a newly-promoted team and saw its lead shrink to one.

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Union Berlin 2-0 Borussia Monchengladbach

Anthony Ujah and Sven Andersson delivered the goods, as the hosts rode Ujah’s 15th minute opener deep into stoppage time before his Swedish teammate put the result to bed.

Gladbach had a slim edge in shot attempts and a 63-37 edge in possession, but Union was the more dangerous side and deserved the three points. Freiburg is next for Gladbach before a visit from Bayern on Dec. 7.

Union is now seven points clear of the relegation picture, and five ahead of city rivals Hertha.

Fortuna Dusseldorf 0-4 Bayern Munich

USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen was under siege at home, with four different Bayern goal scorers dotting the score sheet. Robert Lewandowski had an assist but saw his insane 11-match league scoring streak snapped in Dusseldorf.

Philippe Coutinho, Serge Gnabry, Corentin Tolisso, and Benjamin Pavard scored, with Gnabry also getting an assist for Bayern, who joins RB Leipzig one point back of first.

Steffen did have a possession error (below), which won’t be enjoyed by loan boss Pep Guardiola, but the other goals were not on him.


Werder Bremen 1-2 Schalke

Benito Raman had a goal and an assist, with Amine Harit also scoring as Schalke moved to within three points of the top of the table. USMNT forward Josh Sargent was an unused sub for Bremen, while Weston McKennie came off the bench for an effective and disruptive 17 minutes for Schalke.

Elsewhere
Borussia Dortmund 3-3 Paderborn — Friday | RECAP
Eintracht Frankfurt 0-2 Wolfsburg
Bayer Leverkusen 1-1 Freiburg
RB Leipzig 4-1 Koln
Augsburg v. Hertha Berlin — 9:30 a.m. ET Sunday
Hoffenheim v. Mainz — Noon ET Sunday

STANDINGS

Team

GP

W

D

L

GF

GA

GD

Home

Away

PTS

 Mönchengladbach

12

8

1

3

24

13

11

4-1-1

4-0-2

25

 RB Leipzig

12

7

3

2

33

13

20

3-2-1

4-1-1

24

 Bayern Munich

12

7

3

2

33

16

17

4-1-1

3-2-1

24

 SC Freiburg

12

6

4

2

21

13

8

3-2-1

3-2-1

22

 FC Schalke 04

12

6

4

2

22

15

7

2-3-1

4-1-1

22

 Borussia Dortmund

12

5

5

2

26

18

8

4-2-0

1-3-2

20

 VfL Wolfsburg

12

5

5

2

13

10

3

2-3-1

3-2-1

20

 1899 Hoffenheim

11

6

2

3

16

14

2

3-0-2

3-2-1

20

 Bayer Leverkusen

12

5

4

3

18

16

2

2-4-1

3-0-2

19

 Eintracht Frankfurt

12

5

2

5

21

18

3

4-2-1

1-0-4

17

 1. FC Union Berlin

12

5

1

6

15

17

-2

4-0-3

1-1-3

16

 Hertha BSC Berlin

11

3

2

6

17

21

-4

2-0-3

1-2-3

11

 Werder Bremen

12

2

5

5

19

26

-7

1-2-3

1-3-2

11

 Fortuna Düsseldorf

12

3

2

7

15

23

-8

2-1-3

1-1-4

11

 FC Augsburg

11

2

4

5

13

24

-11

1-2-2

1-2-3

10

 FSV Mainz 05

11

3

0

8

12

30

-18

2-0-3

1-0-5

9

 1. FC Köln

12

2

1

9

11

27

-16

1-0-4

1-1-5

7

 SC Paderborn

12

1

2

9

14

29

-15

1-0-5

0-2-4

5

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