Mönchengladbach - Borussia Mönchengladbach missed a penalty and took the lead against Manchester City FC before succumbing to a last-minute Sergio Aguero penalty in a heartbreaking 2-1 Champions League defeat on Wednesday.
Borussia Mönchengladbach 1-2 Manchester City FC
Goals: 1-0 Stindl (54') 1-1 Christensen o.g. (65') 1-2 Aguero pen. (90')
Given both teams had lost their first Group D fixtures, the opening minutes were remarkably open with an early chance at either end. In the ninth minute, Gladbach got their first chance to show their quality on the counter-attack, but Patrick Hermann's shot went just wide. Nine minutes later, there was more disappointment as Raffael earned a penalty for his side only to see it saved by Joe Hart.
Gladbach's eagerness left them exposed at times in the first half, and they were fortunate that several City counter-attacks came to nothing. The Bundesliga outfit began to dominate towards the end of the first half, however, with both Raffael and Herrmann forcing smart saves from Hart.
Hart denied Raffael again immediately after the break, but the City goalkeeper was finally beaten in the 54th minute as Julian Korb's cross found Lars Stindl, who hit the back of the net with a cool first-time finish. The lead lasted only 11 minutes, however – Nicolas Otamendi's shot flew into the net via Gladbach defender Andreas Christensen after a Martin Demichelis header had been blocked on the line.
That heralded the end of Gladbach's superiority as City began to push for a second goal. Gladbach's back line held firm, however, until Aguero was sent tumbling by an ill-advised Fabian Johnson challenge, and the Argentina international then sent Yann Sommer the wrong way from the spot to leave the hosts empty-handed.
Man of the match
Raffael was a perpetual thorn in the side of the City defence, particularly in the first half. His movement was superb, allowing the midfield to provide him with a constant supply of chances. There was only one reason that he did not manage to score: Joe Hart.
Granit Xhaka spoke last week about his team's tendency to give away penalties. Gladbach have now given away nine penalties in ten competitive games this season. For the best part of this game, they kept their cool in their own penalty area despite intense pressure from City at times. In the dying minutes, though, it was the same old story. Gladbach conceded another spot kick, and it cost them the game.
- Lars Stindl has been involved in seven goals for Gladbach this season, with five goals and two assists.
- City had twice as many shots on goal as Gladbach, 26 to 13.
- Despite being the better side for much of the game, Gladbach only had 35% of possession over the 90 minutes.
Mönchengladbach: Sommer – Korb (Traoré 78'), Dominguez, Christensen, Wendt – Dahoud (Nordtveit 85'), Xhaka – Hermann (Hahn 72'), Johnson – Stindl, Raffael
City: Hart – Sagna, Demichelis, Otamendi, Kolarov – Touré (Fernando 46'), Fernandinho – De Bruyne, Silva (Navas 65'), Sterling (Zabaleta 93') - Aguero