Germany: 'Gladbach go second with win vs. Leverkusen; Bayern loses
BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Moenchengladbach defeated Bayer Leverkusen 3-0 to go provisionally second in the Bundesliga while Bayern Munich lost 1-0 to Augsburg on Saturday for the champion's fourth straight loss across all competitions.
Bayern reserve goalkeeper Pepe Reina was sent off for a body-check on Raul Bobadilla in the 13th minute, and the Augsburg forward's 71st minute back-heel secured the visitors' win.
"It's a dream to win in Munich today," Bobadilla said.
Bayern was saving itself for Barcelona in the second leg of their Champions League semifinal on Tuesday, hoping to turn around a 3-0 deficit.
Augsburg captain Paul Verhaegh struck the post with the penalty after Reina's sending off, but on-loan Bayern midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg crossed for Bobadilla's winner to move Augsburg provisionally fifth ahead of Schalke.
Moenchengladbach ended fourth-place Leverkusen's 10-game unbeaten run, and moved one point above Wolfsburg, which visits relegation-threatened Paderborn on Sunday.
Patrick Herrmann set up Max Kruse in the 50th, and scored the clincher in the 81st. Ibrahima Traore added No. 3 late for 'Gladbach's ninth successive home win to all but secure direct qualification for the Champions League.
'Gladbach was five points ahead of fourth-place Leverkusen with two games remaining.
Borussia Dortmund defeated Hertha Berlin 2-0 at home to close within two points of Schalke for Europa League qualification.
"We're on the right course and we want to stay on it," Dortmund defender Mats Hummels said.
Neven Subotic headed in Henrikh Mkhitaryan's corner in the ninth minute and Eric Durm, another defender, made it 2-0 just after the break by cutting in from the right and unleashing a curling shot past Thomas Kraft in the Hertha goal.
Schalke was to play at Cologne on Sunday.
Also, Hannover drew 1-1 with Werder Bremen, and Hoffenheim lost 3-1 at Eintracht Frankfurt.
Bremen stayed level on points with Dortmund, and left Hannover in the relegation playoff place.
Frankfurt scored its first goals in four games, while Hoffenheim was unable to avoid slipping two points behind Bremen and Dortmund in the race for Europa League places.
Bottom side Stuttgart hosted Mainz late.