Barcelona battle from goal down to beat Gladbach 2-1

Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:37pm EDT
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MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (Reuters) - Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to overcome hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C match on Wednesday despite the absence of the injured Lionel Messi.

Second-half goals from substitute Arda Turan and Gerard Pique gave the Spaniards their second win in two group matches to top the standings, after their opening 7-0 demolition of Celtic.

The hard-working Germans had taken a surprising lead, scoring against the run of play, with Thorgan Hazard slotting in to complete a quick break in the 34th minute.

"We took a deserved victory and this was a reward for the effort made by the entire team," Barcelona coach Luis Enrique said.

"We dominated the first half and created several chances. We did not carve out as many chances after the break but overall it was a deserved win."

Barcelona, who had Argentine Messi missing with a groin injury, are now on six points after their second group win.

The hosts, who managed just one shot on target have zero, after their second loss in the group ended an 11-match winning streak at home in all competitions.

Manchester City drew with Celtic 3-3 in the other group game to stay second on four points.

Enrique started with Andres Iniesta, Javier Mascherano, Jordi Alba and Ivan Rakitic, all of whom were rested in the 5-0 thrashing of Sporting Gijon at the weekend.   Continued...

Football Soccer - Borussia Moenchengladbach v FC Barcelona - UEFA Champions League group stage - Group C - Borussia Park stadium, Moenchengladbach, Germany - 28/09/16 - Barcelona's Luis Suarez and Moenchengladbach's Christoph Kramer in action   REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach