Live blog, Bayern vs. Gladbach: Challengers visit overlords

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Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20152:28 pm

Today we learned that Bayern Munch are only 10 points clear atop the Bundesliga, so they’re pretty much hot trash.

But also, if you needed confirmation that Barcelona is the best team in the world right now, wait for them to win El Clasico later today and today should have cemented it.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20152:26 pm

This is what winning at the Allianz Arena looks like.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20152:17 pm

Gladbach are still attacking! They’re up 2-0 at the Allianz Arena and Bayern still can’t keep the ball, generate an attack or do anything. It’s allllll Gladbach!

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20152:11 pm

Are Bayern Munich in crisis? How big is their crisis? How much crisis? Death of the club crisis?

CRISIS TOGETHER.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20152:11 pm

GLADBACH SCOOOOOOOOOREEEEE!!!!!

And again it goes through Neuer! This one isn’t bad like the last one, but the goalkeeper will want it back. And it’s 2-0 to Gladbach!

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:57 pm

The Bundesliga is still sustaining the flag business.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:52 pm

This is a clean tackle by this match’s standards.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:47 pm

If Bayern Munich lose, their lead atop the Bundesliga will only be 10 points. Pretty terrible team they have.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:43 pm

This match is getting dirty. Gladbach, upset about prior fouls gone uncalled, are taking runs at Bayern players now. Finally, a yellow card is shown, but Xabi Alonso doesn’t take kindly to it and refuses to shake hands after.

No handbags … YET.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:38 pm

The second half is underway. Bayern are down 1-0 on the scoreboard, but lead 61 possessions to 39 possessions.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:21 pm

It’s halftime and Gladbach still lead Bayern, 1-0. Devil magic.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:15 pm

Gladbach’s last ditch defending has been incredible … and dangerous. Another Bayern player is down, but this one was clean.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:05 pm

GLADBACH SCORE!

A beautiful move puts the ball on Rafael’s foot. The shot wasn’t good, but Neuer let to go right through him and squirted across the line!

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 20151:01 pm

“Oh, crap. The second leading scorer in the Bundesliga is hurt. What are we doing to do?!?”

“You should bring on the fifth leading scorer in the Bundesliga.”

“Oh right, we are assholes.”

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:58 pm

The last foul drawn by Robben left him hurt and Muller is coming on for the Dutchman. Hopefully Robben is’t too seriously injured.

But consider this: BAYERN CAN BRING THOMAS MULLER OFF THE BENCH.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:55 pm

I have no stats to back this up, but Arjen Robben must draw more yellow cards on opponents than any other player in the world.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:50 pm

It’s a bummer that Bayern don’t wear blue and white checkers or diamonds like in their crest.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:41 pm

Bayern are winning 100 possessions to 0 possessions.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:34 pm

They’re underway at the Allianz Arena, and Gladbach haven’t conceded yet. Congrats!

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:24 pm

Borussia Monchegladbach are as expected.

If you want to wave your America flag high, Fabian Johnson is starting.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:20 pm

There’s nothing particularly notable about the Bayern Munich starting XI:

But look at that bench and you see Thiago is back! He hasn’t played since the New Year, but he’s available as a substitute today.

Ryan Rosenblatt March 22, 201512:17 pm

Gladbach are in fourth place with a match in hand. That sounds great! Until you realize they are 20 points behind first place Bayern Munich.

Oops.

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