Mönchengladbach - Borussia Mönchengladbach’s 2014/15 UEFA Europa League campaign came to end in the Round of 32 as the Foals slipped to a 3-2 against Sevilla FC, losing 4-2 on aggregate.

After a terrible start, the Foals twice came back in a high-octane encounter through goals from Granit Xhaka and Eden Hazard, but a Martin Stranzl own goal, a Vitolo double and second yellow card for Xhaka all proved too much to handle for ten-man Borussia.

Positive start not rewarded


Hoping to bounce back from last week’s narrow 1-0 defeat away to their Spanish opponents, Gladbach started into the game full of purpose, carving out several half-chances at the Borussia-Park. It was the visitors who went in front, though, with Stranzl inadvertently to steering Aleix Vidal’s cross into his own net. Borussia responded in excellent fashion, however, Xhaka crashing home from inside the box after some neat interplay with Patrick Herrmann.

Dominating both rhythm and pace against a deep-lying Sevilla, Borussia remained the more threatening side in the fiery contest, but it was the visitors who regained the lead 26 minutes into the game, Vitolo catching Gladbach cold with a rising finish after a breakaway. Lucien Favre's side now faced the daunting task of needing to score a further three goals, but they stuck to their task admirably, and had a deserved equaliser on the night when Hazard slotted in nicely from inside the area.

Hazard hits woodwork, Xhaka sees red


Gladbach remained in the ascendancy after the break too, with Hazard, Granit Xhaka and Christoph Kramer all seeing promising efforts blocked, before Hazard, fresh from signing for the club on a long-term deal this week, was denied by the post. The guests weren’t without their chances, though, with Vicente Iborra, scorer of the only goal in the first leg, heading against the crossbar.

Favre added new impetus to his attack by bringing on Ibrahima Traore, Branimir Hrgota and Fabian Johnson, but his hopes of working a miracle had suffered a huge blow following Xhaka’s dismissal following a second yellow. With Borussia throwing bodies forward in the dying stages, Sevilla were given space to settle the tie definitively, and Vitolo did just that by racing clear to score his second of the night, ending the Foals' European adventure for another year.

Line-ups:

Gladbach: Sommer - Jantschke (Johnson, 78’), Stranzl, Alvaro Dominguez (Hrgota, 78’), Wendt - Kramer, Xhaka - Hazard, Herrmann (Traore, 72’) - Raffael, Kruse

Sevilla: Sergio Rico - Diogo Figueiras, Daniel Carrico, Kolodziejczak, Tremoulinas - Krychowiak, Iborra - Vidal, Banega (Mbia, 65'), Vitolo - Bacca (Gameiro, 78’)

Goals: 0-1 Stranzl o.g. (8’), 1-1 Xhaka (19’), 1-2 Vitolo (26’), 2-2 Hazard (29’), 2-3 Vitolo (79’)

Red cards: Xhaka (68')