Borussia Mönchengladbach's trying start to the season continued as they were beaten 3-0 by FC Sevilla on their UEFA Champions League group stage debut on Tuesday.
FC SEVILLA 3-0 BORUSSIA MÖNCHENGLADBACH
1-0 Gameiro (pen. 47’), 2-0 Banega (pen. 66’), 3-0 Konoplyanka (84’)
Vitolo struck a post only five minutes in and Jose Antonio Reyes wastefully blasted the rebound over the bar. Yann Sommer then watched Kevin Gameiro fail to take a brace of chances before compounding the French forward's frustration with a superb close-range stop to keep the scoreline goalless at the break.
It was Sommer's turn to feel hard done by after he had been adjudged to have brought down Vitolo seconds after the restart. Gameiro ruthlessly swept home the penalty, but when Roel Brouwers sent Vitolo tumbling in the box just two minutes later, the Sevilla striker smashed his second spot-kick off the bar
When Tony Jantschke felled Gameiro to leave the hosts with a third penalty, Ever Banega stepped up to send Sommer the wrong way to double Sevilla's lead. Substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka's miscued cross then squirmed in at the near post to seal a chastening loss for the Foals.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Without Sommer, Mönchengladbach's defeat could have been heavier. The European experience the 2014 signing from FC Basel 1893 had garnered with the Swiss side was evident as he prevented Borussia from suffering a still more demoralising defeat, notably thanks to high-quality saves from Gameiro and Borussia Dortmund loanee Ciro Immobile.
If Gladbach had had any hope the Champions League would provide welcome relief from their Bundesliga travails, it was dashed in Andalusia. The question now is how quickly Lucien Favre and his charges, bottom of the Bundesliga table, pick themselves up ahead of Saturday’s Rhine derby at 1. FC Köln.
- Sevilla had 15 attempts, six of which were on target, to Gladbach’s six, only one of which was on target.
- The hosts dominated possession with 58%.
- Gladbach have now failed to win on their last seven trips to Spain.
- The Bundesliga outfit next face Manchester City at Borussia-Park on 30 September.
Sevilla: Rico - Coke, Andreoli, Kolodziejczak, Tremoulinas - Krychowiak, Nzonzi - Vitolo, Banega, Reyes (Konoplyanka 83’) - Gameiro
Mönchengladbach: Sommer - Korb, Brouwers, Jantschke, Wendt - Hahn, Stindl (Dahoud 67’), Nordveidt, Traore - Raffael (Drmic 83’), Hazard