There may still be 14 points separating the two teams but Saturday’s 3-1 victory for Gladbach over runaway leaders Bayern will go down as one of the results and performances of the German top-flight season so far.
Winning 13 and drawing one of their previous 14 Bundesliga matches, Pep Guardiola’s Bayern finally tasted defeat at the hands of a Borussia side that are unbeaten themselves in the league since the appointment of Andre Schubert as head coach.
After a tense and cagey opening period at Borussia-Park, Oscar Wendt curled beyond Manuel Neuer shortly after the interval to spark the game into life, staggeringly the first second-half goal to have been conceded by the Bavarians this season.
Suddenly the hosts were in the ascendency. With the wind in their sails and the capacity home crowd whipped into frenzy, the Foals struck the bar through Julian Korb on 66 minutes and remarkably doubled their advantage moments later, Lars Stindl volleying home from Nico Elvedi’s flick-on.
Two became three with 20 minutes to play as Fabian Johnson raced in behind to roll the ball past Neuer once more. Franck Ribery’s late consolation on his return from injury would do nothing to spoil a memorable night for Schubert’s side.