After a superb performance in leg 2 against the Manchester City Blues, in which they were upfront 3 times, only to see the match end with a draw, the home side Celtic came into the face-off against the German side Borussia Monchengladbach with a lot of confidence and expected a win in front of their great fans.
Without suffering a defeat in 21 consecutive games at home in all competitions, the Bhoys wanted to secure their first 3 points of the campaign, which would help them a lot to keep up with the two top dogs of the group C Barcelona and Manchester City, and keep their dream of reaching the 2nd round, alive. One unpopular record that Celtic has broken lately, was the fact that they became the team with most goals conceded in the first 2 round (10).
On the other side, Borussia Monchegladbach, visited the Celtic Park after a slow start in the domestic competition where they have managed to record 3 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses.
The start of the first half showcased a lot of nervousness from the home team, as the provided a lot of open space in the back for the visitors who created several chances, especially when Ibrahima Traore put Craig Gordon under a test in the 17th minute directed a curled shot towards the goal, but the home goalkeeper was alert and saved his goal.
Gordon, who was most definitely the man of the match in the first half, saving his goal on a numerous occasions, was also tested by Jonas Hoffman, who tried his luck from a close range, but once again, Gordon came out as the winner. The Gladbachs coach Andre Schubert was not able to count on couple of the key players, but still his team was controlling the match through the first 45 minutes.
The hosts saw their best opportunity come on the 45 minutes mark as Tom Rogic provided a lovely pass to Sinclair, who failed to score and put his team upfront.
However, Celtic continued to attack in the second half as well, and they finally started to look like the team that played a perfect match against Manchester City, as they were controlling the ball and creating some scoring chances. As the time progressed the visitors, once again, felt like they could do some damage at the Celtic Park and pushed forward.
It paid off as they scored the first goal of the match in the 57 minute with Andre Hahn using Toures mistake on defense, before he pushed the ball back to Lars Stindl who fired a fierce shot from the right corner of the box, finding the back of the net.
It was Toure again with an error as the last man on defense. The centre back was too slow to react on time and Lars Stindl used his confusion to put Hahn in a good situation to score, which he did and it was Celtic 0 – 2 Monchegladbach in the 80th minute!!!
Celtic failed to do more in the closing ten minutes, and the score remained 0-2 for the visitors, who proved to be a much better team tonight at the Celtic Park, and make an important step forward in reaching their goal which is to continue their European competition after the Christmas.
Celtic starting lineup: Gordon; Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney; Bitton, Brown, Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair; Dembele
Monchengladbach starting lineup: Sommer; Korb, Vestergaard, Elvedi, Wendt; Kramer, Strobl; Traore, Stindl; Hofmann; Hahn
Tonight’s referee was the Greek Tasos Sidiropoulous!!!
The current standing of the Group C after the first 3 rounds:
- Barcelona has 9 points
- Manchester City has 4 points
- Borussia Monchengladbach has 3 points
- Celtic has 1 point