Borussia Monchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram was sent off for spitting in the face of an opponent and his side went on to lose to Hoffenheim 2-1 in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
Thuram spat in Hoffenheim defender Stefan Posch’s face in the 77th minute after a disagreement between them. Referee Frank Willenborg received a signal to consult video and showed the French player the red card. The score was 1-1.
Posch was booked and subsequently substituted for Kevin Akpoguma, who set up Ryan Sessegnon for Hoffenheims winner from close range in the 86th.
Lars Stindls penalty gave Gladbach a 34th-minute lead, but Andrej Kramaric equalized in the 75th and Sessegnons late winner stretched Gladbachs winless run to six games across all competitions.
Cologne goalkeeper Timo Horn helped his team earn a 0-0 draw in Leipzig, where Jan Thielmann almost scored an injury time winner for the visitors.
Leipzig missed the chance to move to the top ahead of the late game between Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich. Leverkusen the only remaining unbeaten team leads the defending champion by a point.
Even a change of coach did little to help Schalke snap its long run without a win. Fabian Klos scored early in the second half for relegation rival Arminia Bielefeld to beat interim coach Huub Stevens team 1-0. Arminia Bielefeld moved six points above Schalke, which remained on the bottom.
Stevens replaced the fired Manuel Baum on Friday for the game against Bielefeld and cup game against Ulm on Tuesday before Schalke finds a permanent replacement for the new year. Its winless run in the Bundesliga is at 29 games and closing in on Tasmania Berlin’s league record of 31 straight games without a victory from the 1965-66 season.
Also, Eren Dinkci scored in the last minute for Werder Bremen to win at Mainz 1-0, and Eintracht Frankfurt won at Augsburg 2-0.