- Gladbach fearless from the outset against Barcelona.
- Hazard's goal not enough to secure a point.
- Schubert's side have lost both Champions League games so far this term.
Borussia Mönchengladbach put in a fearless display at home to European heavyweights FC Barcelona on Wednesday evening, but ultimately their efforts were not enough as the Foals slipped to a 2-1 defeat in their UEFA Champions League Group C encounter.
Goals: 1-0 Hazard (34'), 1-1 Turan (65'), 1-2 Pique (74')
Buoyed by their positive start to the Bundesliga season, Gladbach began confidently and refused to be cowed by their illustrious visitors. Although Barcelona had a couple of promising openings for superstars Neymar and Luis Suarez, it was the Foals who drew first blood. After robbing Sergio Busquets of possession high up the pitch, Mahmoud Dahoud and Raffael launched a swift break, with the former eventually finding Thorgan Hazard at the back post for an easy tap-in.
Barcelona increased the tempo after the break as they sought to force an equaliser, but Gladbach maintained their composure and looked comfortable on the ball, even if they lost some of their attacking thrust when Raffael was forced off with an injury. The Spaniards did eventually pull level when substitute Arda Turan lashed home from Neymar's through ball, before Gerard Pique put them ahead from close range following a corner. Drained by their efforts, the Foals ran out of steam somewhat towards the end and were unable to level, but deserve great credit for a bold performance.
Man of the Match
Several Gladbach players put in outstanding performances against the title favourites, but Hazard was exceptional, particularly in the first half. His pace, directness and fearlessness forced Barcelona on the back foot and he crowned his display with a well-taken goal.
Gladbach may have lost this match but they can take plenty of positives from it. They were far from overawed, played superbly for long spells and would have deserved at least a point from the game.
- Gladbach won 51 per cent of all tackles.
- Dahoud completed more passes (51) than any of his team-mates.
- Barcelona had 11 shots on goal, compared to Gladbach's eight.
Gladbach: Sommer – Korb, Christiansen, Elvedi, Wendt – Kramer, Dahoud – Traore, Stindl (c) (Hahn 83'), Hazard (Herrmann 79') – Raffael (Johnson 48')
Coach: Andre Schubert
Barcelona: ter Stegen – Roberto, Pique, Mascherano, Alba – Busquets – Rakitic (Turan 59'), Iniesta (c) – Alcacer (Rafinha 54'), Suarez, Neymar
Coach: Luis Enrique