BERLIN (AP) — Borussia Dortmund’s trying week ended with a final sting as Jonas Hofmann led Borussia Mönchengladbach to a 4-2 win over his former team in the Bundesliga on Friday.
It was Dortmund’s second defeat in four days after going down 2-0 at Wolfsburg on Tuesday, and it likely leaves them nine points behind leaders Bayern Munich heading into the league’s extended winter break. Bayern visit last-placed Schalke on Saturday.
Dortmund’s pride was already damaged on Thursday when Mats Hummels and Marco Reus were left out of Germany’s World Cup squad. Germany coach Hansi Flick said Reus was dealing with an ankle injury, while Hummels, also 33, “give a young player a chance.”
Dortmund’s sporting director Sebastian Kiehl said Reus’ absence was “absolutely stupid” and that Hamels’ departure was “not easy to accept.”
Hoffmann, on the contrary, was called. He celebrated by scoring the first goal in the fourth minute, set up by a clever ball from Lars Stendhal after the home side had plowed their way through Dortmund’s steadfast defence.
Julian Brandt equalized in the 19th after Jude Bellingham passed the ball on defense. Brandt cushioned the ball with his right thigh before volleying past Gladbach reserve goalkeeper Jan Olskowski with his left boot.
But Gladbach wasn’t done yet. Hoffmann scored his second from Rami Bensbini’s free kick in the 26th and Markus Thuram’s shot past the Dortmund keeper to make it 3-1 in the 30th.
Olswaki denied Yussuffa Mokoko with a rebound to Gio Reina, but Bensibeni got back a bit to prevent what looked like a certain goal.
Olszczewski then denied Mokoko before Nico Schlotterbeck finally scored for Dortmund in the 40th.
Reina went on the break as Goldbach defender and United States teammate Joe Scully fared better than their match before the World Cup.
Hoffman set up Manu Kon to score just after the break. The former Dortmund winger thought he had scored a hat-trick only to have his goal disallowed by VAR for a foul on Hummels.
That was the only thing going Dortmund’s way.