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Gladbach 3-2 Bayern Munich, Player Ratings: Hofmann brace downs German champions

Hanis Flick's Bayern Munich side picked up only their second defeat of the German top-flight season after two goals from Jonas Hofmann

 
10:25pm on Friday 8th January 2021
By
Stefan Bienkowski

Bayern Munich picked up only their second defeat in this season’s Bundesliga with an unexpected 3-2 loss to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Hansi Flick’s side were heavy favourites for the fixture following a suspension to Gladbach striker Marcus Thuram, however Marco Rose’s side managed to come from a two-goal deficit to swing the game in their favour and claim an impressive three points.

Gladbach 3-2 Bayer Munich: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

But who were the standout performers in the contest?

✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE

Lars Stindl: 8.1

Gladbach knew they would have to do something special to beat Bayern without a number of their key players and fortunately for the Foals their captain Lars Stindl stepped up and led by example throughout the match.

From the No.10 position in Gladbach’s attack Stindl picked out eight passes into the final third and an overall impressive 78% passing completion rate against Bayern’s star-studded midfield.

However, it was Stindl’s two exceptional assists - one in the first half and then a second just after the break - that completely crippled Bayern’s early dominance of the match and ultimately swung the game in favour of his own side.

BAD PERFORMANCE

Douglas Costa: 5.5

Friday’s contest against Gladbach was a rare opportunity for Douglas Costa to show exactly what he could do for Bayern and once again the Brazilian forward was disappointing.

Costa has just one goal and two assists from 541 minutes of football this season and it wouldn't be hard to figure out why based on his 68 minutes of football before being subbed.

The forward failed to log a single shot towards the Gladbach goal, managed just one dribble and only two crosses. Bayern needed forward players that could put their opponents to the sword and Costa simply wasn’t it.

STAR MAN

Jonas Hofmann: 9.3

In only his third game back after a nasty torn muscle injury, Jonas Hofmann wasted little time showing exactly what he can do in one of the biggest games in Gladbach’s calendar.

The attacking midfielder first struck in the 35rd minute, when an exceptional through ball from Stindl played Hofmann through to calmly slot the ball by Manuel Neuer in goals.

The Gladbach captain was on hand once again just a few seconds into the second half when he played Hofman through to beat the offside trap and run through on the Bayern goal without an opponent near him.

The German forward slotted it home, VAR confirmed he was onside and suddenly Bayern’s second half was off to the worst possible start.

Gladbach 3-2 Bayer Munich: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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