Champions League

Gladbach run riot to end Sevilla hopes

2015-11-26 07:34
Lars Stindl (Getty Images)

Berlin - Borussia Moenchengladbach enjoyed an historic first Champions League win on Wednesday as their 4-2 home victory over Sevilla ended the Spaniards' hopes of reaching the knock-out phase.

A brace by Lars Stindl, plus goals from Fabian Johnson and Raffael capped Gladbach's win which lifted them off the bottom of Group D in an impressive display.

Manchester City and Juventus have wrapped up the last-16 qualifying spots from the group.

Bottom side Sevilla had needed a win at Borussia Park to keep alive their faint hopes of reaching the last 16 but left only with two late consolation goals from Vitolo and an Ever Banega penalty.

Borussia, who are in the Champions League for the first time, enjoyed their first home win in Europe since 1978 in the now defunct European Cup.

Stindl, in the attacking midfielder role, was outstanding all evening with two goals and an assist for Raffael's final goal.

Gladbach are now in pole position to finish third in the group and qualify for the Europa League, but need at least a point in their final game at Manchester City in two weeks.

The victory came at a price as Guinea winger Ibrahima Traore limped off after only 13 minutes with a suspected hamstring injury from taking a corner.

Gladbach broke the deadlock on 29 minutes when captain Granit Xhaka fired in a low shot, which skidded wide, and Stindl tapped it past stranded Sevilla goalkeeper Sergio Rico.

The hosts doubled the lead when USA international Johnson curled his shot across the face of the goal, around Rico and into the far corner on 68 minutes.

Raffael then added the third when Stindl drew two defenders and slipped the ball through the backline to the Brazilian, who was clinical in his finishing on 78 minutes.

Sevilla enjoyed a brief moment of hope on 82 minutes when Fernando Llorente flicked a pass over the defence and right winger Vitolo lobbed Gladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer.

Gladbach extended their lead within a minute when Stindl blasted in his shot from 20 metres out with a superb strike for his third European goal.

Gladbach captain Xhaka gave away a late penalty when he fouled Grzegorz Krychowiak on the edge of the area and Banega blasted home the spot kick.

 

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