2021-22 German Bundesliga
  • Breel Embolo (17')
  • Jonas Hofmann (45'+2', 77')
  • Nico Elvedi (64')
  • Christopher Nkunku (36')

RB Leipzig's Champions League hopes take hit in loss to Borussia Monchengladbach

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Jonas Hofmann's second goal doubles Gladbach's lead (0:49)

Jonas Hofmann nets his second goal of the match to give Borussia Monchengladbach a 3-1 lead. (0:49)

RB Leipzig suffered a shock 3-1 loss to 10-man Borussia Moenchengladbach on Monday to drop out of the top four with two games left.

Europa League semifinalists Leipzig were desperate to bounce back from last week's shock loss to Union Berlin to stay in the running for a top-four spot and Champions League action next season.

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They fell a goal behind, however, when Breel Embolo slotted in from a lucky bounce in the 17th minute.

Christopher Nkunku levelled with a superb effort in the 36th as the hosts looked to have recovered but they were down again by a goal on the stroke of half-time after a quick combination between Embolo and scorer Jonas Hofmann.

Leipzig, who face Rangers in the Europa League second leg on Thursday, hit the woodwork through Andre Silva 10 minutes after the restart and were facing 10 Gladbach players after Nico Elvedi was sent off with a straight red card for a foul on Nkunku in the 64th.

Instead of making the extra man count, however, Leipzig conceded a third when Florian Neuhaus won possession in his own half, launching a quick move that Hofmann completed for his 10th league goal.

In Monday's other game, Bayer Leverkusen tightened their hold on third place with a 2-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.

Leverkusen had no trouble against Eintracht Frankfurt, who are also Europa League semifinalists and face West Ham United, with a goal in each half through Paulinho and Patrik Schick.

Leverkusen are on 58 points in third place, with Freiburg in fourth on 55. Leipzig drop to fifth on 54. Bayern Munich have already won the title and Borussia Dortmund, on 63, have all but sealed second place.

German Bundesliga Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Bayern Munich 34 +60 77
2 Borussia Dortmund 34 +33 69
3 Bayer Leverkusen 34 +33 64
4 RB Leipzig 34 +35 58
5 1. FC Union Berlin 34 +6 57
6 SC Freiburg 34 +12 55
7 FC Cologne 34 +3 52
8 Mainz 34 +5 46
9 TSG Hoffenheim 34 -2 46
10 Borussia Monchengladbach 34 -7 45
11 Eintracht Frankfurt 34 -4 42
12 VfL Wolfsburg 34 -11 42
13 VfL Bochum 34 -14 42
14 FC Augsburg 34 -17 38
15 VfB Stuttgart 34 -18 33
16 Hertha Berlin 34 -34 33
17 Arminia Bielefeld 34 -26 28
18 SpVgg Greuther Furth 34 -54 18