Bayern Munich moved within one win of their eighth straight Bundesliga title at the Allianz Arena, as they beat Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-1 on Saturday.
Bayern were looking to go seven points clear at the top once again, setting themselves up to win an eighth straight Meisterschaft. With Die Roten the runaway leaders, Borussia Mönchengladbach now had their sights set on Champions League qualification, only one point clear of fourth before kick-off in Bavaria.
It looked as if Mönchengladbach had struck first, scoring first against Bayern just as Bayer Leverkusen did last week. But Jonas Hofmann was offside by millimetres at the time of Breel Embolo's pass, as his nicely taken goal was overturned by VAR.
Soon after Die Fohlen were denied a lead, they did well to deny their opponents a lead when the ball broke for Ivan Perišić. Bayern's Croatian winger was in acres of space, but goalkeeper Yann Sommer did brilliantly to reach out and push his effort wide of the post.
But all the goalkeeper's hard work was undone three minutes later with a moment of madness. Sommer's clearance was miscued and went straight into the path of Joshua Zirkzee, who was there to guide the ball into an unguarded net. It was a horror moment for the Swiss goalkeeper but a lovely one for Zirkzee, scoring his fourth league goal of the season in the absence of Robert Lewandowski.
It was a Mönchengladbach mistake that put Bayern ahead, but the roles were reversed to draw the game level. This time, Benjamin Pavard got muddled up in the box when trying to clear Patrick Hermann's cross, slotting it into his own goal while wrongfooting Manuel Neuer to gift wrap an equaliser for Marco Rose's travelling men.
A quieter second half burst into action late on, when Bayern Munich scored the winner in the final five minutes. It was Leon Goretzka from midfield who came up with the goods, touching Pavard's cross into the back of the net to seal the win for Die Roten.
Both sides are back in action in midweek, playing next Tuesday as the Bundesliga season approaches its conclusion. Bayern Munich make the trip to relegation battlers Werder Bremen, while Borussia Mönchengladbach welcome to the BORUSSIA-PARK.