Gladbach - Donetsk

Europe: Champions League
Gladbach L. Stindl (Pen. 17), N. Elvedi (34), B. Embolo (45), O. Wendt (77)
Stadion im BORUSSIA-PARK4-0

Gladbach clobber Donetsk again to top UCL group

By Peter Vice

Marco Rose's "fantastische fohlen" collected their second consecutive UEFA Champions League clean sheet on Wednesday. 

Germany's surprising UCL success story now rides a two-game tournament winning streak. They edge closer to the knockouts after beating Shaktar Donetsk twice by a combined 10-0 scoreline.

Breel Embolo.
Breel Embolo.Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

Four different goal-scorers chipped in this time for Germany's West Prussians. Gladbach trainer Marco Rose opted not to start either Denis Zakaria (return from eight-month injury) or Alassane Pleas (recently cleared after a positive COVID test). It mattered little as a 4-2-3-1 led by Breel Embolo and anchored by Lars Stindl got the job done easily. 

From the onset, it was immediately clear which team would take control of the match. Stindl and Florian Neuhaus pulled the strings in midfield, nearly setting up Embolo twice for the opening goal during the first few minutes. A neat give-and-go between Marcus Thuram and Stindl led to a tactical foul in the 16th minute. The former converted the subsequent penalty kick to put the German representatives ahead 1-0. 

Embolo came close to doubling the advantage four minutes later with a strike of the post. Defender Nico Elvedi would eventually convert a Stindl corner in the 34th for the 2-0. Embolo added the third at the stroke of half-time, capitalizing on a poor clearance for a 45+1 strike. This essentially put the game to bed. The visiting Ukrainians never recovered from this sucker punch. 

After Gladbach played keep-away for much of the second-half, Plea and Zakaria were introduced with 20 minutes to go. This livened matters up a bit. Oscar Wendt converted a free-kick in the 77th. Thuram and Stindl, still fighting toward the end, missed out on chances to run up the score. 

After drawing their first two UCL, Gladbach now sit atop their group with eight points after four rounds.

1Yann Sommer
18Stefan Lainer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi
17Oscar Wendt
6Christoph Kramer
32Florian Neuhaus ↩69
19Valentino Lazaro ↩69
13Lars Stindl (C) ↩81
10Marcus Thuram ↩84
36Breel-Donald Embolo ↩69
21Tobias Sippel
31Max Grün
7Patrick Herrmann ↪69
14Alassane Pléa ↪69
16Ibrahima Traoré ↪84
3Michael Lang
24Tony Jantschke
40Andreas Poulsen
8Denis Zakaria ↪69
22László Bénes ↪81
30Andriy Pyatov (C)
4Sergiy Krivtsov
77Valerii Bondar
22Mykola Matviyenko
11Marlos Romero Bonfim ↩71
6Taras Stepanenko
21Alan Patrick ↩81
14Mateus Martins
10Júnior Moraes
19Manor Solomon ↩59
1Oleksiy Shevchenko
81Anatolii Trubin
8Marcos Antonio ↪71
27Maycon de Andrade Barberan ↪81
28Marcos Cipriano
50Sergiy Bolbat
61Heorhii Sudakov
99Fernando Dos Santos Pedro ↪59

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