Inter - Gladbach

Europe: Champions League
Inter R. Lukaku (49), R. Lukaku (90)
Stadio Giuseppe Meazza2-2Attendance: 1.000
Gladbach R. Bensebaini (Pen. 63), J. Hofmann (84)

Gladbach players head home irritated after conceding late goal

By Peter Vice

Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Jonas Hofmann reported experiencing a "rollercoaster ride of emotions" following his side's wild 2-2 draw with Inter Milan in the foals' long-awaited return to the UEFA Champions League after four years. 

Die Borussen blew a lead shortly after they went ahead late. Only one point was obtained when three were within reach.

Yann Sommer.
Yann Sommer.Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

For approximately six minutes, it appeared as if Gladbach trainer Marco Rose would collect all three points in his Champions League debut. Germany's foals had overcome a 0-1 deficit via a Ramy Bensebaini penalty and a Jonas Hofmann VAR-approved goal. 

Inter's Romelu Lukaku ensured it wasn't to be. The Belgian international scored his second goal of the fixture at the stroke of injury time. A long VAR check to confirm Hofmann's goal caused great anxiety amongst the team's ranks. The prolonged review actually lasted slightly longer than the Gladbach ranks.

"Perhaps we pushed ourselves too hard after the 2-1," Hofmann lamented when speaking to German broadcaster DAZN after the match, "I'm extremely bitter right now."

The foals might consider themselves lucky to have obtained a point at all. The two tallies came on the squad's only to real chances of the game. "We didn't locate the spaces and didn't play courageously enough," the new national team player conceded. 

Nationalmannschaft colleague Matthias Ginter also expressed frustration. "It's annoying that you get a 2-2 in 90th minute via a set-piece that was absolutely avoidable," Ginter griped. Marcus Thuram ended up losing the decisive aerial duel against Inter substitute Alessandro Bastoni that led to the equalizer. 

Ginter pretty much summed up the mood of the team as they head back to Germany for a fifth round encounter against last-place Mainz. "In two or three hours, we'll be able to live with a point," the central defender remarked, "at the moment it doesn't feel so good."

1Samir Handanovič (C)
33Danilo D'Ambrosio
6Stefan de Vrij
11Aleksandar Kolarov
36Matteo Darmian
23Nicolò Barella
22Arturo Vidal
14Ivan Perišić ↩79
24Christian Eriksen ↩79
9Romelu Lukaku
7Alexis Sánchez ↩46
27Daniele Padelli
35Filip Stankovic
10Lautaro Martínez ↪46
99Andrea Pinamonti
13Andrea Ranocchia
42Lorenzo Moretti
95Alessandro Bastoni ↪79
38Riccardo Boscolo Chio
44Radja Nainggolan
47Niccolò Squizzato
77Marcelo Brozović ↪79
1Yann Sommer (C)
18Stefan Lainer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi
25Ramy Bensebaini
6Christoph Kramer
32Florian Neuhaus
23Jonas Hofmann
36Breel-Donald Embolo ↩74
10Marcus Thuram ↩90
14Alassane Pléa ↩90
21Tobias Sippel
31Max Grün
7Patrick Herrmann ↪74
11Hannes Wolf ↪90
16Ibrahima Traoré
3Michael Lang
17Oscar Wendt
24Tony Jantschke
13Lars Stindl ↪90
43Rocco Reitz

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