German Bundesliga: Bayern suffer shock home loss; Wolfsburg hold Mainz

Munich (Reuters): Borussia Moenchengladbach`s Raffael scored in each half to secure a shock 2-0 win at Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, who suffered their first home league loss of the season on Sunday.

The Brazilian beat keeper Manuel Neuer with a half-volley against the run of play and added a second in the 77th on the break as the Bavarians were caught searching for an equaliser. The win keeps Gladbach firmly in third place on 47 points with Bayern, who have now lost twice in the league this term, 10 points clear at the top after second-placed VfL Wolfsburg`s 1-1 draw at Mainz 05.

With more than 80 percent possession in the opening 20 minutes, it was clear from the start that Bayern wanted an early goal with Arjen Robben and Robert Lewandowski coming close. But Dutch forward Robbens comeback from injury was cut short when he had to come off in the 24th and the visitors then scored with their first shot on goal. Neuer failed to hold on to Raffaels shot, with the ball rolling through his hands and over the line.
Gladbach grew bolder in the second half and Neuer had to pull off a fine save to deny forward Andre Hahn in the 70th. The Germany keeper was, however, again beaten when Raffael picked up a Christoph Kramer pass after a superb run and slotted home for a surprise victory over the champions. Meanwhile, VfL Wolfsburg`s Luiz Gustavo scored on the hour to rescue the 1-1 draw at improving Mainz 05.

The Brazil midfielder grabbed a 61st minute equaliser for lacklustre Wolfsburg after Niko Bungert headed the hosts into the lead in the seventh minute. Mainz, who also hit the woodwork, have now lost just once in five games under coach Martin Schmidt to move onto 30 points in 11th place.

Wolfsburg looked tired from their midweek Europa League win over Inter Milan and had to wait an hour for their best chance when Luiz Gustavo rattled the post with a powerful 20-metre shot. He did it better a minute later, tapping in off the post from a Kevin De Bruyne corner.

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