Barcelona defeats Borussia Mönchengladbach and qualifies for the last 16
After a 4-0 rout against Mönchengladbach, this Tuesday (6), at the Camp Nou, Barcelona got classified in first place for the last 16 of the Champions League. Lionel Messi opened the score and Arda Turan scored the other three. The Catalan team will return to the pitch next Saturday (10), against Osasuña, for the Spanish League.
First half –
Barcelona began the game inspired, seeking its space and scaring Borussia. They scared so much, that at 16 minutes, Messi opened the score. After a play between André Gomes, Arda Turan and Messi, the ball was left for the Argentine to kick in the corner of the goal. At 25, the Argentine sparkled again close to the area and passed for Iniesta to kick, but the capitain missed his shot.
With full control of the team, the Catalan team sought infiltrations, while Mönchengladbach closed its entire team in the defense, making it difficult for a second goal to happen. At 42, in the last chance of the first half, Aleix Vidal appeared on the right, exchanging passes with Denis Suárez and left Messi face to face with the goal. The number 10 kicked and missed.
The game’s pace fell and the time ended. 1-0 on the first half.
Second half –
Borussia started well on the second half, but that didn’t last much. At five minutes, Vidal crossed, the ball went through everybody and Arda Turan headbutted to score the second for the team. Not a long while later, at eight minutes, again after a pass from Vidal, Turan showed up at the center to kick and score another one in the duel.
After the third goal, Mönchengladbach tried to ressucitate. But they did not make it. At 21 minutes, Alcácer received from Rafinha, who followed along and passed for Arda Turan to complete his hat-trick in the match. The Catalan team had fun at the Camp Nou and controlled the match.
Both teams kept trying until the end, but Barça couldn’t breach Mönchengladbach’s defenses again and Borussia did not shook the net once. 4-0 at the Camp Nou. Barcelona got classified for the Champions League’s next round.