Borussia M'gladbach tops leader Bayern: Bundesliga
Marco Reus scored one goal and set up another as Borussia Moenchengladbach threw the Bundesliga title race wide open by beating leader Bayern Munich 3-1 Friday in the first game after the winter break.
Reus capitalized on a blunder from Manuel Neuer to score in the 11th minute, when he returned the Germany goalkeeper's attempted clearance from 30 metres.
"I'm sorry. My loose pass led to the defeat," Neuer said. "Of course that's bitter."
Patrick Herrmann made it 2-0 in the 41st, and added another goal in the 71st after being set up by Reus.
Bastian Schweinsteiger, back after recovering from a broken collarbone, scored Bayern's 76th-minute consolation.
Moenchengladbach moves within one point of Bayern with the victory, while Schalke and defending champion Dortmund can both move level with Bayern on 37 points later this weekend.
"We played into 'Gladbach's hands with the early goal," said Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes, a former Moenchengladbach striker and coach.
Reus rejected Bayern's overtures this past off-season, instead opting for a C17 million ($21.81 million) move to Dortmund at the end of this season, and the 22-year-old winger gratefully accepted Neuer's wayward clearance before dispatching it into the unguarded net for his 11th goal of the season.
Neuer's mistake in the opening fixture of the season also gave Moenchengladbach a 1-0 win in Munich last August.
Bayern, without the suspended Franck Ribery, almost equalized through Mario Gomez three minutes later, only for Marc-Andre ter Stegen to produce an outstanding save.
As Bayern pushed for an equalizer, Herrmann struck at the end ofa slick counterattack, when Mike Hanke split the defence with a crossfield pass.
"The second goal was crucial, just before the break," Heynckes said.
Herrmann sealed the win when he rounded Neuer to score from a tight angle, after Reus had waited for his support before playing the 20-year-old through with a perfect pass.
Schweinsteiger's reply five minutes later was not enough to prevent Moenchengladbach celebrating its first double over Bayern since the 1995-96 season.
"It was hard for Bayern to find a gap," Moenchengladbach coach Lucien Favre said. "It was very important to take three points against Bayern again."