- Gladbach finish Group C campaign on five points.
- Foals to play in Europa League in the new year.
- Several players rested ahead of Bundesliga Matchday 14.
Borussia Mönchengladbach were unable to sign off from the UEFA Champions League as they would have liked after succumbing to a 4-0 defeat away to FC Barcelona in the final round of Group C matches.
Goals: 1-0 Messi (16'), 2-0 Turan (50'), 3-0 Turan (53'), 4-0 Turan (67')
The Foals were assured of their place in the UEFA Europa League next year prior to this match, and coach Andre Schubert duly rested several first-team regulars, including Fabian Johnson, Raffael and Christoph Kramer ahead of their crunch clash with 1. FSV Mainz 05 on Matchday 14. Gladbach gave a good account of themselves and battled hard in the first half, but Barcelona went in 1-0 up at the break thanks to Lionel Messi's early strike.
Any hopes Gladbach might have had of a fightback were dashed early in the second period when Arda Turan scored twice in quick succession. Schubert's side rallied and threatened at the other end with the pace of Thorgan Hazard and Andre Hahn, but the home side struck again in the 67th minute as Turan completed his hat-trick. Substitute Johnson had the best chance to score for the guests when he rounded the goalkeeper, but he was forced too wide to be able to convert, leaving Gladbach to return home empty handed.
Man of the match
There was little Yann Sommer could do about any of Barcelona's goals, but the Gladbach custodian managed to prevent an even greater margin of defeat with some excellent saves, including a superb reflex block to keep out Messi's diving header.
With European competition now over for a few weeks, Gladbach can focus their undivided attention on climbing up the Bundesliga table, and will be hoping to embark on a run of form similar to the one that lifted them to fourth last season.
- Over 7,000 Gladbach fans travelled to Barcelona to support their team.
- The Foals won 52 per cent of all challenges.
- Tobias Strobl had more touches of the ball (59) than any other Gladbach player.
Barcelona: Cillessen, Vidal, Mascherano, Umtiti, Digne, André Gomes, Denis Suarez, Iniesta (Rafinha 61'), Messi, Paco Alcacer, Arda Turan (Cardona 74')
Coach: Luis Enrique
Gladbach:Sommer, Christiansen, Vestergaard, Jantschke, Elvedi, Strobl, Dahoud (Kramer 59'), Korb, Schulz (Johnson 59'), Hazard (Raffael 72'), Hahn.
Coach: Andre Schubert