Goals from Fabian Johnson and Stephan Lichtsteiner saw Juventus and Borussia Monchengladbach share the points in a 1-1 draw at Borussia-Park on Tuesday.
- Juventus and Gladbach settle for a draw
- Borussia Monchengladbach 1 Juventus 1
- Fabian Johnson strikes first for Gladbach
- Lichtsteiner volleys home the equaliser
- Hernanes shown a straight red
Gladbach looked swift and dangerous when they attacked in the first half hour, and got their reward (albeit via a Giorgio Chiellini error), when Wendt’s cross fell to Raffael to cleverly tee up Johnson for the opening goal.
Juventus equalised just before halftime through right-back Stephan Lichtsteiner. An ingenious, looping ball over the top from Paul Pogba fell perfectly into the path of the onrushing Switzerland international, who struck it sweetly on the volley to beat Yann Sommer at his near post.
Juve began the second half on the front foot but lost their momentum when Hernanes was shown a straight red card for a reckless tackle.
Goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was in inspired form for the Old Lady, who managed to keep the hosts out to earn a point in a competitive and highly-entertaining match.
The first chance of note fell to Gladbach teenager Mahmoud Dahoud, who took the ball down on his chest and struck a gorgeous volley at Buffon’s goal. The veteran Italy international was caught on his heels and had to watch as the swerving shot rattled against his crossbar.
Gladbach then took the lead after some good interplay down the left wing allowed Wendt to cross and, although his ball across was low and tame, Chiellini slipped at the crucial moment, allowing it to fall to Raffael, who teed up Johnson to shoot back across goal and find the bottom corner past Buffon.
A few minutes later and and a very similar move saw Buffon’s goal threatened again. Pogba was the guilty party this time, allowing Traore to storm forward down the right flank, but his low cross was dealt with for a corner, which was cleverly taking short to set up Traore for a crack at goal from range.
Chiellini almost made up for his mistake when he rose highest amongst a throng of Gladbach players and headed powerfully down at goal, his effort bouncing just wide of the post with Sommer beaten.
Buffon had seen his goal threatened on numerous occasion by the time the 27th minute rolled by, with Xhaka the latest to test the goalkeeping legend with a whizzing shot from long distance that was just over the crossbar.
Sommer was called into action in the 38th minute when Evra met a corner to head on target, forcing the Swiss stopper to dive to his right and deal with the powerful downward effort.
A fantastic, inch-perfect pass from Pogba then set up Juve’s equaliser. The Frenchman arched a clever ball over the defence for Lichtsteiner, who was sprinting in down the right flank. The full-back watched it all the way and showed perfect technique to volley it first time at the near post, levelling the scores just before the single minute of added time.
Juve started the second half brightly, with Pogba getting a couple of shots away that weren’t far off, before three consecutive corners had Die Fohlen pinned in, with the side from Turin looking dangerous from their set pieces.
But just as Juve started taking the advantage, Hernanes saw a straight red card for a two-footed, lunging challenge on Dominguez, forcing the ref to send the former Lazio man off. It was very reckless from him.
Buffon was needed to pull off a spectacular save late on when a close range header from Stindl was admittedly straight at the veteran stopped but still required him to prevent his team from going behind.
Gladbach threatened the Juve goal again late on, with Thorgan Hazard testing Buffon with a thumping effort that forced Gigi into a diving save to tip it over the crossbar and see out the game, with a goal and a point going to each side.