Borussia Mönchengladbach were beaten 4-0 by Manchester City FC in their UEFA Champions League Group C opener, with Sergio Aguero's hat-trick and a late Kelechi Iheanacho strike separating the sides at the City of Manchester Stadium on Wednesday.
Goals: 1-0 Aguero (8'), 2-0 Aguero (28'), 3-0 Aguero (77'), 4-0 Iheanacho (90+1')
Heavy rain in Manchester had delayed this game for 24 hours, but Pep Guardiola's side wasted little time in asserting their dominance once the tie was underway. Aguero tapped home Aleksandar Kolarov's cross early on, and former Borussia Dortmund man Ilkay Gündogan came close to doubling the hosts' lead minutes later only to see Gladbach 'keeper Yann Sommer save from close range. City refused to be kept out for long, though, and Aguero stroked home his second from the penalty spot midway through the half.
Sommer was called into action again at the start of the second period, making a smart double save from Jesus Navas and then Aguero, but City were always in the ascendancy and Aguero sealed his hat-trick with a little more than 20 minutes to go, using his pace to latch onto Raheem Sterling's through-ball before rounding Sommer and slotting home, and there was still time for former FC Schalke 04 star Leroy Sane to tee up Iheanacho for a tap-in at the death.
Gladbach will likely have to recalibrate their team before they face FC Barcelona in two weeks. Schubert's 3-5-2 formation afforded City's wingers space in behind Fabian Johnson and Oscar Wendt, and the Foals will need to cut that supply if they are to upset the odds going forward.
- Schubert suffered his first defeat against Guardiola. Last season the Foals drew 0-0 with Guardiola's FC Bayern München at home before winning 2-0 in Munich.Raffael made his 50th UEFA club competition appearance.Gladbach boasted 53 percent of possession in the first half
Man City: Bravo - Zabaleta (c), Otamendi, Stones, Kolarov - Fernandinho, Gündogan (Clichy 81') - Navas, De Bruyne, Sterling (Sane 79') - Aguero (Iheanacho 83')
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Strobl - Dahoud, Kramer (Korb 38') - Johnson, Stindl (c) (Traore 81'), Wendt - Hahn (Hazard 59'), Raffael
Coach: Andre Schubert