- Gladbach take the lead; City equalise just before half-time.
- Both teams reduced to ten men after the break.
- Foals out of Champions League, but earn a place in the Europa League.
Borussia Mönchengladbach gave a good account of themselves at home to Manchester City FC on Wednesday evening, but ultimately the 1-1 draw at BORUSSIA-PARK was not enough to keep them in the UEFA Champions League this season.
Goals: 1-0 Raffael (23'), 1-1 Silva (45')
Sent off: Stindl (51'), Fernandinho (63')
Gladbach went into the game knowing only a win would do to keep their hopes of staying in the competition alive and they duly began boldly, denying their visitors time to settle on the ball. The Foals' confidence grew as the match wore on, and Raffael put them in front with an emphatic finish from the edge of the box following good work from Lars Stindl down the left. However, City equalised with almost the last kick of the first half when David Silva flicked in a cross from former VfL Wolfsburg midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.
Matters took a turn for the worse for Gladbach early in the second period when Stindl was sent off for a second bookable offence. The English side dominated possession thereafter, but there was another twist when City also went down to ten men, with Fernandinho given his marching orders too. Andre Schubert's charges looked to snatch a late winner that would have given them a lifeline in the competition, but there were no more goals in an entertaining encounter that ultimately sent Gladbach out.
Man of the match
Bright, quick and always available for a pass, Raffael was excellent for Gladbach. His elusive movement caused City countless problems and he was the Foals' primary threat going forward all evening.
The Foals will be disappointed to have been knocked out of the Champions League but can take some consolation from the fact they will feature in the Europa League after the winter break having secured third place in Group C.
- Gladbach had 12 shots on goal to City's 11.
- Nico Elvedi had more touches (57) than any other Gladbach player.
- The Foals completed 79 per cent of their passes throughout the evening.
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Jantschke, Wendt - Dahoud (Vestergaard 60'), Strobl – Traore (Hofmann 41'), Stindl (c), Johnson – Raffael (Hahn 84')
Coach: Andre Schubert
Manchester City: Bravo - Otamendi, Fernandinho, Stones, Kolarov - Gündogan - De Bruyne, Silva (c) - Navas, Agüero, Sterling (Sagna 68')
Coach: Pep Guardiola