Barcelona battle back to beat Gladbach

Barcelona were made to sweat in their Group C clash against Borussia Monchengladbach as they came from behind to secure a 2-1 win at Borussia Park on Wednesday.

Borussia Monchengladbach 1 Barcelona 2
Sommer outstanding for Die Fohlen
Hazard gives hosts a first-half lead
Turan restores parity after the break
Pique completes the comeback win

Match Summary

Die Fohlen took the lead from a swift counter-attack on 34 minutes when Mahmoud Dahoud send Thorgan Hazard through on goal and the Belgian slotted his first-time shot past Marc-Andre ter Stegen.

Barca had threatened to score before and after conceding the opener, but they found Yann Sommer in fine form as the goalkeeper made numerous saves to keep the visitors out.

Luis Enrique’s side finally managed to respond in the 65th minute as Arda Turan buried his first-time shot into the back of the net from Neymar’s chipped pass, and they completed the comeback eight minutes later when Gerard Pique stabbed home from close range.

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Full Report

The hosts made a positive start and won a corner in the fourth minute, which came to nothing, although they created the first chance three minutes later when Ibrahima Traore pushed his long-range shot to the left of the target following a corner.

But the Catalan giants were soon posing a threat as Neymar tested Sommer from inside the box on seven minutes, while Luis Suarez flashed a shot just wide four minutes later.

Sommer was called into action again on 23 minutes to deny Ivan Rakitic from range, although it would be Gladbach who drew first blood.

After winning possession in midfield, Dahoud surged through the opposition defence and played in Hazard, who beat Ter Stegen with his first-time shot from inside the box on 34 minutes.

The Blaugrana looked to respond as Suarez forced Sommer into another save on 39 minutes before Jordi Alba blazed over from outside the area following a corner.

Andre Schubert’s men took their slender lead into the break, but they were almost pegged back shortly after the restart as Paco Alcacer steered his header wide from Sergi Roberto’s cross.

Sommer was on hand to keep out another long-range effort from Rakitic on 57 minutes, but he was finally beaten eight minutes later by Turan, who converted Neymar’s aerial pass from inside the box.

The Switzerland international was unlucky to concede again on 73 minutes after he spilled Suarez’s first-time strike from Neymar’s cross, which allowed Pique to tap home from a few yards out.

Turan was denied a brace in the closing stages as Sommer turned away his effort from outside the area, but Barca had done enough to record two wins from two in their group.