Three goals in the space of five minutes ended Borussia Mönchengladbach’s European adventure in 2015/16 as Manchester City FC came from behind to clinch a 4-2 win, which left the Foals bottom of UEFA Champions League Group D.
City started the match with purpose and, having pinned Gladbach inside their own half, duly took the lead when David Silva rifled the ball into the roof of the net from the tightest of angles. Not to be deterred, the visitors levelled the scores minutes later when Julian Korb smashed home Fabian Johnson’s cut back. The goal saw the Foals grow in confidence as they limited City to long-range efforts, before Raffael bundled home from five yards to hand them a narrow lead at the break.
The hosts upped the ante after the restart, forcing Gladbach to operate with a five-man backline, but it wasn’t enough for Andre Schubert’s charges to keep City’s star-studded front line quiet. Yann Sommer twice came to his side’s rescue, denying Raheem Sterling on both occasions with outstanding saves. However, the Swiss custodian was helpless to prevent the England international bagging a quickfire double late on, before Wilfried Bony wrapped up the scoring to break Gladbach hearts.
Man of the match
He did not continue his impressive goalscoring form, but Fabian Johnson’s industry down the left flank was key in the first half and sorely missed after he was brought off. Furthermore, the US international provided the assists for both of Gladbach’s goals.
Gladbach will reflect on what might have been had they not lost their opening two group stage fixtures, but in spite of the result, Schubert’s charges can take heart from their displays against Europe’s top sides.
- Manchester City became the first side in all competitions to open the scoring against Borussia Mönchengladbach since Andre Schubert took over.
- Manchester City conceded their 50th goal in the club’s UEFA Champions League history, of which 30 per cent have been scored by German sides.
- Only David Silva (89) had more touches in the game than Gladbach captain Granit Xhaka (87).
City: Hart – Clichy (Sagna 81’), Mangala, Otamendi, Kolarov – Delph (Bony 65’), Fernandinho - De Bruyne (Navas 65’), Toure, Silva - Sterling
Gladbach: Sommer - Elvedi, Christensen, Nordtveit, Wendt (Hazard 84’) - Korb, Dahoud (Schulz 66’), Xhaka, Johnson (Drmic 72’) - Stindl, Raffael