Bayern Munich were stunned by Hertha Berlin on Friday as the Bundesliga leaders lost 2-0 as Hertha registered their first win over Bayern in nine years. With the win, Hertha went joint on top of the league table.
Bayern remain on top of the table on the basis of goal difference even as Hertha join them on top at 13 points from six matches.
Borussia Dortmund are on the third spot with 11 points while Werder are on fourth with as many points but inferior goal difference. Monchengladbach complete the top five with 10 points from five matches.
Hertha captain Vedad Ibisevic sent Manuel Neuer the wrong way to score with a 23rd minute penalty after Jerome Boateng had brought down Salomon Kalou.
Slovak forward Ondrej Duda continued his sensational form with his fifth goal of the season, firing in on the stroke of halftime to confirm Hertha’s fine start that has left them in second place on 13 points, level on points with Bayern.
Bayern Munich have not won a Bundesliga game after going down by two goals down at the break since May 1988.
The champions, with injured Leon Goretzka joining a growing list of absentees that already includes Kingsley Coman and Corentin Tolisso among others, had their share of chances as they dominated after the break.
With 65 percent possession, 14 corners compared to Hertha’s one and 24-6 shots on goal, Bayern will be asking themselves how they failed to get at least a point from the game.
“Our conversion rate is one reason but we also let in two goals,” said Bayern coach Niko Kovac. “Both could have been avoided.”
“We still played a decent game. We have no problem with the defeat and will not start seeing everything in a negative light. Everyone who knows this club knows we will bounce back and we will be successful again.”
James Rodriguez came close for the visitors in the second half but even the introduction of a third striker with Sandro Wagner in the 72nd minute could not prevent their first defeat of the season, three days after stumbling to a 1-1 draw against Augsburg.