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Promoted Bochum beat Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich 4-2

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Moenchengladbach players celebrate their third goal during the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and FC Augsburg in Moenchengladbach, Germany, Saturday, February 12, 2022. (Federico Gambarini/dpa via AP)

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Promoted Bochum stunned Bayern Munich and the Bundesliga side with a 4-2 victory over the Bavarian powerhouse on Saturday, keeping the league leaders 12 points clear.

Bochum even had to come from behind to do so, after Robert Lewandowski’s first game for the visitors brought back memories of his 7-0 thrashing when the sides met in Munich in September.

But Thomas Reis’ side responded with four first-half goals, three of which came in six minutes when Bayern were rattled by Bochum’s intensity.

“Every player has to wonder if he put it all in there,” said Bayern midfielder Joshua Kimmich.

Lewandowski opened the scoring in the ninth minute, when he did a good job of controlling the ball from Kingsley Coman and slotting it past Bochum goalkeeper Michael Esser.

Bochum fought back five minutes later through Christopher Antwi-Adjei, who dodged Niklas Süle and let himself fly inside the post after being trapped by Gerrit Holtmann.

Bochum were awarded a penalty when Dayot Upamecano’s outstretched arm blocked Elvis Rexhbecaj’s cross attempt. Jürgen Locadia converted the free kick in the 38th.

Cristian Gamboa then scored a goal contender of the season two minutes later, when he played the ball between Coman’s legs and a one-two with Patrick Osterhage – who returned the ball with his heel – before shooting a rocket from a distant shot. corner.

As if to show it was no fluke, Holtmann repeated the feat on the other side four minutes later when he played the ball between Upemacano’s legs before unleashing another spectacular shot in the furthest corner.

It brought back memories of Bochum’s near-success over a star-studded Bayern side in September 1976, when the visitors fought back from four goals down to win 6-5 with Uli Hoeneß scoring the winner in the 89th minute. It was his second goal. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Gerd Müller were among Bayern’s other scorers.

This time Bochum held on for the win.

The home side had two goals ruled out for offside after the break, before Armel Bella Kotchap made a clearance to deny Lewandowski at the other end. Esser was next to deny Lewandowski in the 63rd, before the Polish star finally found a way through in the 75th. It was Lewandowski’s 26th goal in 22 games this season.

Lewandowski hit the crossbar with a free kick in the 88th minute. It was as close as the defending champions have come.

“The Bochumers certainly didn’t do it badly. But we have to recognize that it was an absolutely deserved loss,” Kimmich said.

Hertha Berlin lost to last-placed Greuther Fürth 2-1, Borussia Mönchengladbach eased their relegation worries with a 3-2 win over Augsburg and Wolfsburg won at Eintracht Frankfurt 2-0.

Moreover, Freiburg came from behind to draw with Mainz 1-1.

Bayer Leverkusen hosted Stuttgart later.

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