Borussia Mönchengladbach's hopes of making it out of UEFA Champions League Group D are over after being held to a 1-1 draw by ten-man Juventus on Matchday 4.
Goals: 1-0 F. Johnson (18'), 1-1 Lichtsteiner (44')
Bottom of the group going into the match, Gladbach took the game to last season’s beaten finalists. Mahmoud Dahoud rattled the crossbar from 20 yards, before the Foals got the goal their brave attacking endeavours deserved. Giorgio Chiellini made a meal of Oscar Wendt’s probing cross, allowing Fabian Johnson to smash Raffael’s cool lay-off beyond the reach of Gianluigi Buffon.
Yann Sommer pulled off a spectacular save to deny Patrice Evra as Juventus upped the ante, but the Switzerland international could do nothing to prevent his fellow countryman Stephan Lichtsteiner from connecting with an outrageous Paul Pogba pass to level late in the half. Juventus were reduced to ten men just eight minutes into the second period when Hernanes was shown a straight red card for a reckless challenge on Alvaro Dominguez, but the Old Lady gave little away. When Gladbach did get a sight of goal, Buffon was at his very best to foil Lars Stindl’s close-range header and tip Thorgan Hazard’s late curling effort onto the woodwork.
Man of the match
At 19, fans of the European game can expect to see a lot more of Dahoud. The Gladbach midfielder put in another brilliantly mature display in the engine room and was mightily unlucky not to get on the scoresheet in the first half.
Gladbach are now unable to qualify for the Champions League last 16, although victory over Sevilla FC at the end of the month will put the Foals in pole position to make it into the UEFA Europa League by finishing in third.
- Gladbach are still waiting for their first win of the Champions League era.
- The Foals have kept only two clean sheets in all competitions this season.
Gladbach: Sommer - Nordtveit, A. Christensen, Alvaro Dominguez, Wendt - G. Xhaka, Dahoud - Traore, F. Johnson (Hazard 85’) - Stindl, Raffael
Juventus: Buffon - Lichtsteiner, Chiellini, Bonucci, Evra - Hernanes, Marchisio - Sturaro (Lemina 88’), Dybala (Cuadrado 63’), Pogba - Morata (Barzagli 75')