- Stindl opens the scoring at the BORUSSIA-PARK.
- Foals' captain's goal cancelled out by Dembele penalty.
- Gladbach dominant but have to settle for 1-1 draw.
Borussia Mönchengladbach dominated proceedings at their BORUSSIA-PARK, but captain Lars Stindl saw his volley cancelled out by a Moussa Dembele penalty as it ended 1-1 in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-1 Celtic FC
Goals: 1-0 Stindl (32'), 1-1 Dembele (p.g. 76')
Red cards: Korb (75')
Thorgan Hazard returned to the Gladbach line-up after a month out injured, and he wasted little time showing the form that had seen him to seven goals in all competitions this season, flashing an early shot just wide. The deadlock was broken midway through the half – again Hazard was involved, spinning the ball into the visitors’ box, and Foals captain Lars Stindl was on hand to volley home his second goal in as many games against the Scottish champions.
Gladbach continued to press in the second half and Fabian Johnson was desperately unlucky to see a shot drift wide after his quick feet generated space in the Celtic box. The Foals’ frustration turned to anguish soon after though. Moussa Dembele was awarded a penalty after a tumble in the box and he stepped up to even the scores from the spot. Andre Hahn hit the post late on but it was to no avail as it ended 1-1 at the BORUSSIA-PARK.
Man of the Match
Injuries to last season’s top scorer Raffael have put extra pressure on Gladbach’s remaining attackers, but Stindl is captain for a reason, and he played excellently between the lines of defence and attack, controlling play in the final third and taking his goal with aplomb.
With six points from there last two European games, Gladbach are right back in contention in the supposed "Group of Death". Now to plot their climb up the Bundesliga – 11th heading into Matchday 10, the Foals should bounce into their trip to high-flying Hertha Berlin with a spring in their step after a superlative performance here.
- Stindl has scored or assisted eight of Gladbach's 12 Champions League goals this term.
- Gladbach are undefeated in three games in all competitions.
- Hazard's first-half assist means he has now had a direct hand in 11 goals in all competitions this season.
Gladbach: Sommer - Korb, Vestergaard, Elvedi – Strobl (Jantschke 77’), Kramer - Johnson, Wendt - Stindl (c) (Raffael 81’) – Hazard (Herrmann 69’), Hahn
Coach: Andre Schubert
Celtic: Gordon – Gamboa (Henderson 85’), Lustig, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre - Brown (c), Armstrong – Forrest (Roberts 60’), Rogic (McGregor 69’), Sinclair – Dembele
Coach: Brendan Rodgers