Champions League - Group C
Celtic0B Gladbach2

Celtic 0-2 Borussia Monchengladbach

Kolo Toure (left) and Craig Gordon
Kolo Toure (left) was at fault for both Borussia Monchengladbach goals

Two second-half mistakes from Kolo Toure gifted Borussia Monchengladbach a Champions League victory at Celtic.

The visitors dominated the first half but Celtic held firm, and even passed up a good chance when Scott Sinclair sliced over from close range.

However, Lars Stindl drove in the visitors' first goal after Andre Hahn robbed Toure of possession.

Hahn made it two when he raced past Toure to score following the Ivory Coast defender's poor pass.

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Brendan Rodgers says Borussia Monchengladbach were worth their 2-0 Champions League win.

The Germans came here without some stellar names, most notably chief goalscorer Raffael and one of their most creative players, Thorgan Hazard. Both missed out through injury, a bout of misfortune Celtic would have hoped to exploit.

They were unable to. Too many Celtic players were out of sorts, in their passing, their concentration, their aggression. They were out-played and out-fought. Celtic were lucky to lose by only two goals.

Gladbach did something Manchester City could not when they were here a few weeks back - they kept Celtic down and kept their vast support largely hushed. If two of their most dangerous players were absent, they had others.

Ibrahima Traore, Tobias Strobl and, most tellingly, the excellent double act of Stindl and Hahn, moved it quickly and found space time and again. They got in behind their hosts and asked all sorts of questions.

Traore had a shot saved wonderfully by Craig Gordon, then Jonas Hofmann forced another stop from the Celtic goalkeeper. Just after, Hahn had a decent effort, then Strobl caused some bother.

Celtic could not hold on to the ball and could not do anything with the ball they kept. This was the polar opposite of the thrill-fest against Manchester City.

Andre Hahn (right) and Kolo Toure
Andre Hahn (right) races past Kolo Toure for the second goal

Gladbach's dominance continued after the break. They were pacy and intelligent and far too much for Celtic. Eventually, they found their ruthlessness in front of goal, too.

Toure had a double meltdown. For the first, he tried to see a ball out for a goal-kick only to be ransacked of possession by Hahn, who managed to scramble a pass to Stindl, who shot past Gordon.

Later, after Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers had made his move by bringing on Leigh Griffiths to play alongside Moussa Dembele, Gladbach scored again. Toure gave it away and Hahn took advantage, motoring through on the Celtic goal and finishing brilliantly.

Brendan Rodgers (left) and Kolo Toure
Brendan Rodgers (left) consoles Kolo Toure at full-time

Given that Gladbach were missing four key first-team players, this was Celtic's chance to secure a precious victory, a win that would have put them in the box seat for a third-place finish in the group - and Europa League football beyond Christmas.

That hope is withering now. Celtic's away record in Europe is horrendous, and when Celtic go to Germany the probability is their hosts are going to have their injured men fit again. If they cannot beat a diminished Gladbach in Glasgow, what chance of overturning this loss on the road?

After the giddy highs of that classic against Manchester City, this was a return to sobriety for Rodgers' team.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 1Gordon
  • 23Lustig
  • 2K Touré
  • 28Sviatchenko
  • 63TierneyBooked at 35mins
  • 6BittonSubstituted forMcGregorat 63'minutes
  • 8Brown
  • 49ForrestSubstituted forRobertsat 73'minutes
  • 18RogicSubstituted forGriffithsat 71'minutes
  • 11Sinclair
  • 10Dembele

Substitutes

  • 3Izaguirre
  • 5Simunovic
  • 9Griffiths
  • 14Armstrong
  • 24de Vries
  • 27Roberts
  • 42McGregor

B Gladbach

  • 1Sommer
  • 27Korb
  • 30Elvedi
  • 4Vestergaard
  • 17Wendt
  • 6KramerBooked at 12mins
  • 5Strobl
  • 16TraoréSubstituted forSchulzat 86'minutes
  • 13Stindl
  • 23Hofmann
  • 28HahnSubstituted forHerrmannat 90'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Herrmann
  • 8Dahoud
  • 14Schulz
  • 20Sow
  • 21Sippel
  • 24Jantschke
  • 36Rütten
Referee:
Anastasios Sidiropoulos
Attendance:
57,814

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamB Gladbach
Possession
Home55%
Away45%
Shots
Home10
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away6
Corners
Home4
Away5
Fouls
Home9
Away7

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 0, Borussia Mönchengladbach 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 0, Borussia Mönchengladbach 2.

Attempt blocked. Nico Schulz (Borussia Mönchengladbach) left footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked. Assisted by Oscar Wendt.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Patrick Herrmann replaces André Hahn.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Tobias Strobl.

Substitution

Substitution, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Nico Schulz replaces Ibrahima Traoré.

Foul by Callum McGregor (Celtic).

Christoph Kramer (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Lars Stindl.

Attempt blocked. Moussa Dembele (Celtic) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Patrick Roberts.

Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 0, Borussia Mönchengladbach 2. André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the top left corner.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Patrick Roberts replaces James Forrest.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Leigh Griffiths replaces Tomas Rogic.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Jonas Hofmann (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Tobias Strobl.

Corner, Celtic. Conceded by Julian Korb.

Attempt blocked. Tomas Rogic (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Callum McGregor.

Offside, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Ibrahima Traoré tries a through ball, but Jonas Hofmann is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Callum McGregor replaces Nir Bitton.

Offside, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Jannik Vestergaard tries a through ball, but André Hahn is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Nir Bitton (Celtic) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Tomas Rogic.

André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Nir Bitton (Celtic).

Attempt blocked. Nir Bitton (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 0, Borussia Mönchengladbach 1. Lars Stindl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right to the centre of the goal. Assisted by André Hahn.

Attempt missed. Tobias Strobl (Borussia Mönchengladbach) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by André Hahn following a corner.

Corner, Borussia Mönchengladbach. Conceded by Erik Sviatchenko.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Mikael Lustig with a cross.

Second Half

Second Half begins Celtic 0, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0.

Half Time

First Half ends, Celtic 0, Borussia Mönchengladbach 0.

Attempt missed. Scott Sinclair (Celtic) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Tomas Rogic with a through ball.

Foul by Jannik Vestergaard (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Tomas Rogic (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

André Hahn (Borussia Mönchengladbach) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Erik Sviatchenko (Celtic).

goal

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Wednesday 19th October 2016

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A

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B

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3Benfica311104
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C

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3B Gladbach3102-33
4Celtic3012-91

D

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H

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