Turin - Borussia Mönchengladbach opened their UEFA Champions League account in Group D after holding Juventus to a goalless draw.
Boosted by their domestic run of four consecutive wins, the visitors started promisingly, despite clear-cut goalscoring chances proving difficult to come by at both ends in the first half. It was Borussia who had the game’s first opportunity, Raffael firing wide from Ibrahima Traore’s fancy assist, with Alvaro Morata and Mario Mandzukic both failing to seriously trouble Gladbach custodian Yann Sommer.
The contest remained a hard-fought affair after the interval, the guests’ disciplined defensive showing largely forcing Juventus to efforts from long range. Paul Pogba came antagonisingly close to breaking the deadlock for the defending Italian champions, forcing Sommer to full stretch with a free-kick as the home side upped the pressure as the game wore on. However, Borussia held on to secure a hard-fought point and keep their hopes of reaching the knock-out stages alive.
Man of the match
A top-notch performance by Sommer was exactly what Gladbach needed on the night, the Swiss international goalkeeper making several crucial saves to keep Juve at bay.
Borussia remain unbeaten under caretaker coach Andre Schubert, the Foals keeping their chances of progression from Group D alive after opening their account in Champions League Group D.
- It was the Gladbach second draw against Italian opposition (two wins, three defeats).
- Granit Xhaka had the most touches of any Foals player.
- Borussia had seven shots on goal, Juventus 21.
Juventus: Buffon - Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini, Marchisio – Cuadrado (Pereyra 60’), Khedira, Pogba, Alex Sandro – Mandzukic (70’ Zaza), Morata (Dybala 81’)
Gladbach: Sommer – Korb, Christensen, Dominguez, Wendt – Dahoud (Nordtveit 88’), Xhaka – Traore (Hahn 82’), Stindl, Johnson – Raffael (Hazard 74’)