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Borussia M'gladbach
FT
1 - 2
Barcelona
T. Hazard 34'
65' A. Turan
73' Piqué
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That was a thoroughly exciting Champions League that stayed end-to-end till Gladbach finally ran out of steam late in the second half. Raffael's injury had a debilitating impact on the Germans' game, and it can only be hoped that this match hasn't worsened a groin injury that had already kept the Brazilian out of Gladbach's last two matches. The Foals need him to be fully fit.
That injury apart, Gladbach will take a lot of positives from the match not least the courage, and talent, of Mahmoud Dahoud, Thorgan Hazard, Andreas Christensen, Ibrahima Traore and Nico Elvedi. The youngsters were not awed by their far more illustrious opponents and performed brilliantly infront of a packed Borussia Park. Sadly, their 11-game winning streak at their home ground comes to an end tonight.

It was a strange game for Barcelona, who look subdued and lacking a cutting edge without the Great Leo Messi. Arda Turan's introduction in the second half amped up the temp though, and two goals were a fair return for their incessant pressure. Goes without saying - and with no hint of patronising towards the German side - Barca WILL need to play better as the tournament progresses.

They did what they had to though, and as Luis Enrique will remind anyone who listens - it's the WIN that matters.

It's been an absolute pleasure covering this with you guys! 

Anirudh Menon out!

Toodle-ooo!!

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PEEP! PEEP! FINAL WHISTLE BLOWS. 

FULL TIME - Borussia Monchengladbach 1 - 2 FC Barcelona

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93' Neymar does his Neymar thing and keeps the ball at his feet surrounded by Gladbach players

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92' A final Gladbach attack dies as Pique steps up smartly to catch Johnson offside. That should be that.

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90' Regardless of the antics though, both Barcelona goals have stemmed from the boots of Neymar. His assist for Turan gives him 12 since he started playing the Champions League. No one has a higher number since that (Sept '13)

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89' Neymar turns on the circus tricks but Korb is having NONE OF THIS. He simply waits for Neymar to settle down, before nicking in and winning the ball. 

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88' OH JOHNSON!!! Fabian Johnson runs onto another tremendous ball from Dahoud, but Mascherano does superbly well to track back and put the striker off his aim

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87' Gladbach are having one final go at this game. Wendt sees his ambitious shot trickle well wide of Ter Stegen's goal. But they're back on the front foot here with some superb ball control from Dahoud and Wendt

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86' the very impressive Dahoud combines well with Johnson at the edge of the box, but Pique stands firm 

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85' It is quite incredible how toothless Barcelona have looked for the majority of this game. Is Messi's absence really the cause?

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84' Ooooooh. Fabian Johnson in space on the left, but he can't be found. At the other Neymar does one of his brilliant shimmies, but this one doesn't fool Korb. Emphatically stopped in his tracks is the Brazilian captain 

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83' SUBSTITUTION - An absolutely shattered looking Lars Stindl OFF, Andre Hahn ON. The manager is now sacrificing any notions of control in midfield for more pace and energy. 

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82' Traore hasn't given up yet, and picks the ball up and runs straight at a furiously backpedalling Barca defense. His final ball to Wendt though has too much juice on it, and Ter Stegen gratefully gathers

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81' Pique dances through a non-existent Gladbach midfield, but his through ball has too much in it for Suarez. 

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Hazard had been absolutely brilliant, but had faded as the game wore on. His early potential match winner now looks like it'll be a consolation goal

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79' SUBSTITUTION - THORGAN HAZARD OFF, Patrick Hermann ON

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77' The Germans look absolutely wasted here... but just as i say that they win a throw deep in Barca territory

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76' A superb effort from Turan, as he attempts to chip the Gladbach keeper from all of thirty odd yards. He does well to claw the ball away

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OH WHAT AN EFFORT FROM TURAN!

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A great delivery from Neymar bounces all the way to Suarez, whose first time volley is spilled by the keeper. Pique is on hand to tap it in. 

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73' GOAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAALL!!!! PIQUEEEE

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73' Corner for Barca

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72' Iniesta shows great determination to win a corner. Neymar's delivery isn't up to the mark. the ball though still remains in Barca hands, and the pressure is getting suffocating

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71' Stindl has a shot. It ends up nearer the corner flag than the goal posts

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70' Traore stands over the freekick and...... it's headed over by a very uncomfortable looking Jordi Alba 

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69' YELLOW FOR PIQUE... superb play again from Thorgan Hazard. The belgian bursts through two Barcelona players before he is rugby tackled to the ground by Gerard Pique

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68' Dahoud does brilliantly to win a goal kick off Jordi Alba. It does, though, look ominous for the Foals

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Great substitution from 'Lucho' Enrique here. Turan and Rafinha are pinning the Germans back. The home team are really missing Raffael's bullying presence here, as they seek some outlet for this incessant Barca pressure

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OH Gladbach. Busquets steals the ball off Hazard's feet and squares the ball to Neymar. The Brazilian wafts one over the defense, and Arda Turan runs on to it before SMASHING IT right into the top of the goal. WHAT POWER! No chance for the keeper. 

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66' GOAAAAAAAAAALLL!!!! ARDA TURAN!!!

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65' Now it's Korb's turn to bully Suarez off the ball. this hasn't been the best of nights for the Uruguayan great

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64' YELLOW, MASCHERANO - Johnson with this his first real run is upended by Javier Mascherano. The Argentine gets booked for his troubles

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63' Alvedi shrugs Luis Suarez off the ball like he's some uppitty junior in college. The 19-year old Swiss kid has been IMPRESSIVE tonight

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62' THEY ALMOST GET PUNISHED HERE. A cute pass from Busquets JUSSSSSST evades the stretching Neymar

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61' Alvedi hacks the ball away, but there is noone in the opposition half for Gladbach. This is dangerous from the Germans aaandd...

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60' SUBSTITUTION - Rakitic OFF, Arda Turan ON! I thought the Croat was finally finding his feet in the game, but the much more knowledgeable Luis Enrique feels enough is enough and throws on Turan. Completely understandable that change, the Croat has been unusually poor tonight

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59' Neymar is getting boo-ed to high hell every time he's on the ball. Quite the popular young lad isn't he?

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58' Neymar cuts in and turns on the pace, but his pass is cut off by Stindl with a waft of his long leg. 

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Barca look so much more threatening now that Ivan Rakitic has decided to turn up.

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57' Barcelona are establishing themselves much better in midfield. RAKITIC HAS A GO!!! But it's straight at Sommer!

90'+1'
Neymar
A. Hahn
L. Stindl
83'
P. Herrmann
T. Hazard
80'
73'
Piqué
70'
Piqué
65'
A. Turan
assist: Neymar
63'
J. Mascherano
59'
A. Turan
I. Rakitić
54'
Rafinha
Paco Alcácer
F. Johnson
Raffael
48'
T. Hazard
assist: M. Dahoud
34'
Match time Thu, 29 Sep 2016, 12:15 AM
Barcelona (4-3-3)
Luis Enrique Martínez García (Manager)
1
Y. Sommer
30
N. Elvedi
3
A. Christensen
27
J. Korb
17
O. Wendt
8
M. Dahoud
6
C. Kramer
16
I. Traoré
13
L. Stindl
11
Raffael
10
T. Hazard
1
M. ter Stegen
18
Jordi Alba
14
J. Mascherano
3
Piqué
20
Sergi Roberto
8
Iniesta
5
Sergio Busquets
4
I. Rakitić
11
Neymar
9
L. Suárez
17
Paco Alcácer
Barcelona (4-3-3)
Luis Enrique Martínez García (Manager)
Borussia M'gladbach Subs
28
A. Hahn
7
P. Herrmann
23
J. Hofmann
24
T. Jantschke
19
F. Johnson
21
T. Sippel
4
J. Vestergaard
Barcelona Subs
12
Rafinha
13
J. Cillessen
19
L. Digne
24
J. Mathieu
6
Denis Suárez
21
André Gomes
7
A. Turan
40% POSSESSION 60%
8 SHOTS 11
1 SHOTS ON GOAL 8
8 FOULS 10
2 CORNERS 5
1 OFFSIDES 2
0 YELLOW CARDS 3
0 RED CARDS 0
6 SAVES 0
Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
Group A
1 Manchester United 6 5 0 1 9 15
2 FC Basel 1893 6 4 0 2 6 12
3 PFK CSKA Moskva 6 3 0 3 -2 9
4 SL Benfica 6 0 0 6 -13 0
Group B
1 Paris Saint-Germain 6 5 0 1 21 15
2 Bayern München 6 5 0 1 7 15
3 Celtic 6 1 0 5 -13 3
4 RSC Anderlecht 6 1 0 5 -15 3
Group C
1 Roma 6 3 2 1 3 11
2 Chelsea 6 3 2 1 8 11
3 Atlético Madrid 6 1 4 1 1 7
4 Qarabağ Ağdam FK 6 0 2 4 -12 2
Group D
1 Barcelona 6 4 2 0 8 14
2 Juventus 6 3 2 1 2 11
3 Sporting Clube Portugal 6 2 1 3 -1 7
4 OlympiakosP 6 0 1 5 -9 1
Group E
1 Liverpool 6 3 3 0 17 12
2 Sevilla 6 2 3 1 0 9
3 FK Spartak Moskva 6 1 3 2 -4 6
4 NK Maribor 6 0 3 3 -13 3
Group F
1 Manchester City 6 5 0 1 9 15
2 FC Shakhtar Donetsk 6 4 0 2 0 12
3 Napoli 6 2 0 4 0 6
4 Feyenoord Rotterdam 6 1 0 5 -9 3
Group G
1 Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü 6 4 2 0 6 14
2 FC Porto 6 3 1 2 5 10
3 RB Leipzig 6 2 1 3 -1 7
4 AS Monaco 6 0 2 4 -10 2
Group H
1 Tottenham Hotspur 6 5 1 0 11 16
2 Real Madrid 6 4 1 1 10 13
3 Borussia Dortmund 6 0 2 4 -6 2
4 APOEL 6 0 2 4 -15 2
Updated: Sep 29, 2016 02:19 AM | Published: Sep 28, 2016 22:32 PM