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Borussia Monchengladbach took advantage of the numerical shortage in the ranks of its guest, Borussia Dortmund and its former coach, Marco Rose, to inflict its second loss this season in the German Football League, when it beat it 1-0, while RB Leipzig, runners-up last season, returned to the path of victories when he honored his guest, Hertha Berlin. Six clean Saturday in the sixth stage.
Bayern Munich, the defending champion in the past nine seasons, was the biggest beneficiary of the course of this stage after its victory over the newly arrived Grouther Fürth in the top flight 3-1 on Friday at the opening, and the fall of its former partner Wolfsburg, who suffered his first loss this season against its host Hoffenheim 1-3, so he moved away in The lead with 16 points, 3 points behind its new chaser, Bayer Leverkusen, who defeated its guest, Mainz, with a lone goal scored by Florian Virts in the 62nd minute.
Dortmund, who played with ten players for more than 50 minutes, froze at 12 points in fourth place, while Mönchengladbach rose to eleventh place with 7 points, avoiding relegation positions.
-Without Haaland and Royce-
At the “Borussia Park” stadium in Mönchengladbach, the guest Dortmund played the match without its two stars in the Norwegian attack, Erling Halland and its captain Marco Reus due to injury, in his quest for a fourth win in a row and runners-up in the league.
Dortmund defender and captain Mats Hummels admitted after the loss that the team “missed a lot Erling and Marco, but we needed more strength and determination.”
For his part, Mönchengladbach is going through a difficult period, as it only achieved (before this evening) a 5-match win over Armenia Bielefeld, who was at home against Armenia Bielefeld 3-1 in the fourth stage.
The “yellow and black” team believed that it had opened the scoring, but the referee canceled the header of Hummels for offside after a free kick by Portuguese Rafael Guerrero (8).
After 21 minutes without a shot between the woods from both teams and saved by Swiss goalkeeper Gregor Koppel after a direct corner kick from Jonas Hoffmann (36), the landowner opened the scoring after a minute after a wrong pass from Guerrero that reached the Swiss Dennis Zakaria inside the area and got rid of English midfielder Judd Bellingham hit with his right foot a ball that deceived goalkeeper Coble, scoring his fourth goal this season.
No sooner did Dortmund wake up from the shock of the first goal, until he received a second blow by expelling his Syrian-German player Mahmoud Dahoud after receiving a second yellow card (40), out of a total of 8 yellow cards in the match.
In the second half, Zakaria approached doubling the score with a powerful shot, as the ball hit the captain of Dortmund to the goal, forcing his goalkeeper to react (74).
In the first minute of stoppage time for the second half, Belgian substitute Thorgan Hazard almost equalized with a header that did not bear fruit, to bring Dortmund his second defeat after 3 consecutive local victories and before receiving Sporting Lisbon in the second round of the group stage of the Champions League.
In the second match, Leipzig owes its victory to its French striker Christopher Nkunku, who scored the first and fifth goals (15 and 70), and a crucial pass to the Danish second goal scorer, Joseph Poulsen (23) and caused a penalty kick that was successfully translated by Swede Emil Forsberg to a fourth goal in the 60th minute.
French defender Nordi Mukiele added the third goal in the third minute of overtime for the first half, while Mali’s Amadou Haidara concluded his team’s goal celebration in the 77th minute.
Leipzig, which raised its score to 7 points in tenth place, won after a draw and two losses in the previous three stages in the “Bundesliga”, punctuated by a resounding continental defeat against Manchester City 3-6 in the first round of the group stage of the Champions League competition.
Union Berlin beat its guest Armenia Bielefeld with a lone goal also scored by Kevin Behrens (88), and Eintracht Frankfurt tied with Cologne with a goal by Colombian Rafael Santos Bor (45 + 6) against a Tunisian goal by Elias Skhiri (14).
The stage concludes on Sunday with the matches Bochum with Stuttgart, and Freiburg with Augsburg.
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