Second half comeback ends Gladbach winning streak

September 29, 2016

Last night in Germany Barcelona staged a late second half comeback against Borussia Mönchengladbach to earn three points after going a goal down in the first half. Barça’s win against Ter Stegen’s former club ended Gladbach’s streak of eleven home wins and puts the Catalans at the top of the table in Group C after Man City and Celtic drew.

The first half saw the hosts going all out to score and left Barcelona with few opportunities of their own and afterwards Andres Iniesta claimed they were surprised by Gladbach’s tactics. The first 25 minutes saw sprinkling of opportunities for Barça that came to nothing. However, in the 34th minute Gladbach’s aggressiveness paid off when a counterattack by Thorgan Hazard ended in him scoring the opener for Mönchengladbach.

The second half saw a change of tack by Gladbach though as they switched from full on attack to pure defence. Luis Enrique’s response was to bring on Rafinha and then Turan in place of Alcácer and Rakitic respectively. This latter substitution paid off after five minutes when Arda Turan equalised off a Neymar assist. Barcelona were back in the game.

Less than ten minutes later Gladbach’s keeper stopped a shot by Suarez but failed to control the ball. An an opportunistic Pique finished the job and put Barcelona into the lead.

1-0 Hazard (min 34)
1-1 Arda (min 65)
1-2 Piqué (min 73)

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