Manchester C - Gladbach

Europe: Champions League
Manchester C K. De Bruyne (12), İ. Gündoğan (18)
Puskás Aréna2-0

Gladbach exit Europe with a whimper

By Peter Vice

Borussia Mönchengladbach's elimination from the 2020/21 UEFA Champions' League was more or less treated like a forgone conclusion by most German football watchers after the foals fell 0-2 to ManCity in the first leg. 

Marco Rose's XI looked especially lethargic as their EPL opponents ensured their seventh consecutive loss and ninth winless match on the trot on Tuesday night.

Marco Rose.
Marco Rose.Photo: Borussia Mönchengladbach

It did not take long for Pep Guardiola's citizens to get ahead of one of Germany's UCL representatives on Tuesday evening in Budapest. Marco Rose's 4-2-3-1 attempted to apply some early pressure, but the current leaders of the English Premier League generated for more effective chances on the counter in the opening ten minutes. 

City's Phil Foden nearly had the opening goal in the 7th. Center-forward Kevin de Bruyne made absolutely no mistake when Riyad Mahrez gifted him a bit of space inside the penalty area in the 12th. The Belgian international unleashed a biting effort that bulged the back of the net with a little help from the underside of the bar. 

Foden skillfully released German international Ilkay Gündogan six minutes later and the national team regular easily dispensed with defenders Nico Elvedi and Matthias Ginter to double the advantage. A 2-0 lead effectively meant that Gladbach needed four goals to have a hope of advancing. The team played very much like a side who's European campaign was over. 

Gündoğan and de Bruyne narrowly missed opportunities to extend the lead before the half was out. Breel Embolo came close to scoring as well, but only on Gladbach's first and final push shortly before the break. Guardiola's men pushed Rose's downtrodden foals around with nearly 70 percent possession in the second half. Yann Sommer put in some good work to ensure the scoreline remained where it was. 

Rose substitutions Hannes Wolf and Ibrahima Traoré tried their hand at a couple of fairly harmless distance efforts before the match concluded.

Manchester C
2Kyle Walker
5John Stones
3Rúben Dias ↩70
27João Cancelo ↩63
16Rodri Hernández ↩63
8İlkay Gündoğan ↩70
26Riyad Mahrez
17Kevin De Bruyne (C)
47Philip Foden
20Bernardo Silva ↩75
13Zack Steffen
33Scott Carson
7Raheem Sterling ↪70
9Gabriel Jesus
10Sergio Agüero ↪75
21Ferrán Torres
6Nathan Aké
11Oleksandr Zinchenko ↪63
14Aymeric Laporte ↪70
22Benjamin Mendy
50Eric García
25Fernandinho ↪63
1Yann Sommer
18Stefan Lainer
28Matthias Ginter
30Nico Elvedi ↩88
25Ramy Bensebaini ↩88
32Florian Neuhaus
8Denis Zakaria
23Jonas Hofmann
13Lars Stindl (C) ↩80
10Marcus Thuram ↩65
36Breel-Donald Embolo ↩65
21Tobias Sippel
31Max Grün
7Patrick Herrmann
14Alassane Pléa ↪65
16Ibrahima Traoré ↪80
3Michael Lang
15Louis Beyer
17Oscar Wendt ↪88
24Tony Jantschke ↪88
6Christoph Kramer
11Hannes Wolf ↪65
19Valentino Lazaro

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