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A. Plea
M. Thuram
2 - 3
R. Lukaku
A. Hakimi
1 - 3
R. Lukaku
M. Brozović
1 - 2
45' + 1'
A. Plea
V. Lazaro
1 - 1
M. Darmian
R. Gagliardini
0 - 1

Match Stats

54% 45%
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 5 4
Total Passes 536 452
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8th Finals
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That is all from this Champions League fixture, until next time!
Three points now seperate top and bottom of Group B but qualification is still in the hands of Gladbach, who lead the group and next will face Real Madrid. Conte's side, who collected their first European victory of the season here, sit bottom of the group but still have the slimmest chances of qualifcation as they face Shaktar Donetsk next.
The sides went in level at the break courtesy of goals from Darmian and Plea. Two second-half strikes from Lukaku, one with either foot, put the Italian side 3-1 up before Plea's second goal of the game brought Gladbach back into it. Plea then thought he had his hat-trick as he steered past Handanovic, only for the referee to consult VAR and rule out the equaliser for Embolo's involvement from an offside position. The disalllowed goal meant Inter ran out 3-2 winners in a poorly tempered game, which saw 10 yellow cards dished out.
A. Plea
Yellow Card
90' + 5' Despite Plea's two goals here, he cannot resist the temptation of showing his frustrations and a bad tackle on Barella earns the Frenchman a yellow card.
A. Bastoni
Yellow Card
90' + 4' Wolf dispossesses Bastoni and then looks away down the right before the centre-back cynically drags him back. The referee then has no option but to book Bastoni for his tactical foul.
90' + 4' Bastoni bravely takes on three Gladbach players and is then bundled to the ground by Plea, earning the visitors a free-kick inside their own half but more importantly, the chance to waste some more valuable seconds.
90' + 2' Amidst Gagliardini's fury, the fourth official indicated there will be six minutes of added time as Brozovic produces the perfect tackle to dispossess Plea inside the area.
R. Gagliardini
Yellow Card
90' + 1' Gagliardini fouls Kramer near the halfway line and then gives the referee a piece of his mind to earn the Inter man a spot in the referee's book, which has filled up quite significantly this match.
90' Lukaku volleys over the bar from inside the six-yard area but none of that will matter as the assistant has their flag up for offside. If the Belgian had left that for Sanchez, the Chilean was both onside and one-on-one with Sommer.
89' The visitors stall and waste as much time as possible before taking a free-kick. When they eventually do take it, Brozovic's effort is deflected behind for a corner.
R. Lukaku
Yellow Card
89' Lukaku is shown a yellow card for his role in time wasting for Inter.
I. Perišić
A. Young
87' Perisic comes on on the left for Young, who missed a sitter earlier in the half.
85' There was a bit of friction on the touchline following the disallowed goal, which earned manager Rose a place in the referee's book.
84' GOAL DISALLOWED! The score remains at 3-2, after consulting the monitor on the touchline, the referee deems that Embolo was in an offside position, impairing the vision of Handanovic as the goalkeeper looked to stop Plea's shot.
83' GOALLLL!! 3-3! A hat-trick for Plea as he scores once again with his right foot past Handanovic from the edge of the area. The French striker did appear to scuff his shot, however, perhaps unsighted by numerous shirts, Handanovic could do nothing to stop the equaliser. VAR has seen some thing with offside though and asks the referee to go over to the monitor on the touchline.
82' Zakaria covers well to slide and intercept from Lukaku, who catches the Gladbach substitute in the head as he stumbles over. The hosts' medical team rush on to tend to Zakaria and after a little bit of attention, he gets back to his feet.
A. Young
Yellow Card
80' Young is Inter's next caution as he flies into a tackle through the back of Plea.
80' Given that Inter lead by a goal, they still surprisingly appear intent on pressing as Gagliardini leads the charge near Gladbach's corner flag. The hosts do play through the press before Plea is clattered near halfway by Young.
H. Wolf
O. Wendt
78' Full-back Wendt is taken off for Wolf.
77' WHAT A MISS! Sanchez makes great progress down the right, reaching the byline before pulling it back to Lukaku. Two Gladbach shirts get in the way but deflect the cross towards goal, where Young is stood but he then somehow from two yards out manages to miss the target entirely.
M. Thuram
75' Thuram profits from Sanchez's carelessness and then slides in Plea, who grabs his second goal of the game.
A. Plea
75' GOALLL!! 3-2! Another goal for Frenchman Plea gets Gladbach back in the game. Sanchez had given possession away before Thuram rolled in Plea, who places a right-footed effort past Handanovic from inside the area. VAR has a quick check for offside before confirming the goal stands.
S. Lainer
Yellow Card
74' Lainer slides in and catches both Sanchez and Gagliardini, getting none of the ball and deservedly goes into the book for his efforts.
A. Hakimi
73' Hakimi paces past Wendt, reaching the edge of the area on the right before playing in Lukaku with his right foot to make it 3-1.
R. Lukaku
73' GOALLL!! 3-1 INTER! Lukaku gets his second of the game as he powers a left-footed shot high to the right of Sommer from inside the area. However, it was Hakimi who did all the hard work, racing away down the right-hand side before cutting a pass back towards the Belgian.
A. Sánchez
L. Martínez
71' Sanchez is Lukaku's new partner up top as he comes on to replace Martinez, who looks visibly frustrated with Conte's substitution decision.
N. Barella
Yellow Card
71' Barella is the next caution of the game for a bad foul on the edge of the area and then stopping Gladbach from taking the resulting free-kick quickly.
71' Martinez and Lukaku combine once more, with the Argentine dancing round three defenders on the edge of the area, before wasting the opportunity as he stalls for too long instead of shooting.
B. Embolo
L. Stindl
70' Stindl, who has been largely ineffective this game, is replaced by Embolo as Rose looks to chase the game.
68' Gagliardini, who was on hand to help Brozovic dispossess Thuram for the third goal of the game, is clattered by Stindl and rightfully takes a few moments to gather himself before taking the visitors' free-kick.
67' Lazaro takes an age over a throw-in, which seems needless as the Gladbach man eventually plays backwards, as his side look to bounce back from Lukaku's goal.
65' This is Inter’s first away game at Gladbach since October 1979, when the two sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg of a Last 32 tie in the UEFA Cup (Gladbach eventually progressed 4-3 on aggregate).
M. Brozović
64' Brozovic dispossesses Thuram, with the help of a few of his Inter colleagues, before releasing Lukaku with a right-footed pass and the Belgian does the rest.
R. Lukaku
64' GOALLL!! 2-1 INTER! Thuram gives the ball away near the centre circle and Lukaku gets played in by Brozovic's throughball. The Belgian then bullies Zakaria out the way before driving a right-footed effort into the bottom left corner of Sommer’s goal from inside the area.
63' OFF THE POST! Martinez ghosts inside Gladbach's defence as he latches onto Lukaku's chested pass, before leaving Sommer motionless with his curling right-footed effort towards the Swiss goalkeeper's left. Unfortunately for the visitors and the Argentine, his effort from just outside the area, cannons off the post and away from danger.
62' Hakimi and Barella both have individual attempts at crossing from the right-hand side but both times the hosts stand firm to clear down the pitch for a throw-in.
62' Lukaku uses all of his strength and body position to force Zakaria into conceding a throw-in wide on the right. Conte's men then work possession across the pitch, eventually finding Barella, who is tackled firmly by Ginter.
A. Hakimi
M. Darmian
60' Darmian, who opened the scoring in the first half, is replaced by Hakimi in the right wing-back role.
59' Four Gladbach shirts stand over the free-kick and, following a bit of deliberation, Plea's effort is blocked by the wall and trickles out of play.
S. de Vrij
Yellow Card
58' De Vrij is booked for his foul on Thuram, after the French forward had coasted round Inter's centre-back outside of the area.
58' Zakaria deals with Lukaku near the halfway line before Thuram is fouled down the other end by De Vrij to give Gladbach a free-kick in a decent position 30 yards from goal.
57' After a minute or so of treatment and a stoppage in play, Martinez eventually returns to the pitch, still looking angered by Lainer's tackle.
56' Martinez is down waving his hands in the air after a strong sliding tackle by Lainer. Physios come on to treat the Argentine striker, who looks in considerable pain, despite replays showing the full-back's tackle was both clean and fair.
54' Skriniar looks nervous for a moment as he prods with his left foot towards his own goal and his interception sails just wide of Handanovic's right-hand post for a corner. Plea then thinks he has created a chance after diverting the corner back across goal but the referee blows for a foul.
53' Down the other end, this time it is the Italian side's turn to win a corner, as Lukaku's left-footed effort is deflected and loops out for a corner. The Belgian then wins the first header from the set-piece but cannot direct it towards goal.
52' Lazaro looks to have the beating of Young but Inter's wing-back recovers well to deflect behind the attempted cross for a corner. Stindl delivers the set-piece before Thuram heads wide of the target from near the penalty spot.
50' Gladbach have drawn each of their last four games against Italian opponents in the European Cup/Champions League, with two of those finishing goalless.
48' Young has the chance to go past Lazaro but the English wing-back's left-footed touch is poor, which both breaks down Inter's attack and gifts Gladbach possession.
47' Zakaria's first involvement sees him chase down Gagliardini, with the help of Lazaro, and usher the Inter midfielder away from Sommer's goal before he can attempt to cross towards Lukaku.
46' Both sides are back out and the referee gets the second half of this Champions League fixture underway!
D. Zakaria
T. Jantschke
46' Zakari replaces Jantschke at half-time, whether for tactical reasons or an injury is unclear as of yet.
Before the 46th minute, the Italian side would probably have been happy with their first-half efforts, until Plea and Lazaro combined to peg them back. Looking ahead to the second half, both managers will likely be asking for more of the same, and if the hosts continue to be so intent on pressing then we should expect to see more chances falling to Lukaku and Martinez on the counter-attack.
Conte's men initially took the lead, courtesy of Darmian's driven effort past Sommer from inside the area. However, the teams go in 1-1 at the break, due to Plea's equaliser on the stroke of half-time, in which the French forward powered a header past the powerless Handanovic from close range.
V. Lazaro
45' + 1' Lazaro reaches the byline before crossing deep towards the back post with his right foot and finds Plea, who equalises for the hosts.
A. Plea
45' + 1' GOALLL!!! 1-1! Plea is completely unmarked at the back post and heads downwards past Handanovic from near the six-yard area to level the scores. Lazaro did well down the right to peel off before standing up a cross towards the Frenchman at the back post.
45' The fourth official indicates there will be at least one minute of added time as Skriniar is forced into scuffing a left-footed clearance inside the area under the pressure of Plea.
44' The hosts feel they should have a penalty as Stindl falls to the floor under the challenge of Bastoni, however, the referee shakes his head and demands play goes on.
43' Jantschke does well to come flying across, slide tackling Young's pass out of play as Martinez looked to counter-attack near the left-hand touchline. Without the centre-back's tackle, Inter's striker would have had tons of space to attack into.
42' Conte's vocal encouragement can be heard loud and clear inside the empty German stadium, which comes as no surprise, given his side's successful first-half performance so far.
41' Martinez rolls in Lukaku as the striker looks to return the favour to his partner. Surprisingly, the Belgian cannot sort his feet out quickly enough inside the area, which allows Gladbach to intervene.
40' Inter have never lost three consecutive Champions League group stage matches and have only lost three in a single campaign once previously, losing three last season.
38' Martinez looks to be one-on-one with Sommer after a long pass over the top, however, the goalkeeper is alert to the chance and comes rushing out to collect possession before the Argentine can capitalise.
37' DOUBLE CHANCE! Lainer comes in on his left foot on the edge of the area and drives an effort towards the back post, which Handanovic parries wide. Moments later, the goalkeeper produces another good save, diving low to his left to deny Thuram's left-footed strike.
36' Barella makes a forward run into the box but Brozovic's attempt at chipped left-footed pass is poor and Gladbach intercept.
34' SAVE! Lukaku goes round two Gladbach players before slotting in Martinez. The Argentine makes it to the box and his first shot is blocked by Lainer. However, the striker gets a second chance but, with just Sommer to beat, steers his right-footed effort at the goalkeeper from close range.
32' Lukaku is careless in possession as he gets robbed by Stindl near halfway. The hosts' captain then feeds in Lazaro, whose low right-footed cross is swept up by Handanovic before Plea or Thuram can get to it.
31' Thuram appears to be going nowhere on the left-hand side until Skriniar needlessly fouls the striker, despite having Barella right next to him as cover. Stindl delivers the set-piece but it evades every shirt in the area and goes out for a goal-kick.
30' Darmian and Barella put Wendt and Jantschke under considerable pressure near the byline, however, the referee deems Inter's pair have been a bit too over enthusiastic and awards the hosts a free-kick.
29' Barella is back on the floor after being fouled near the centre circle by Kramer. The Italian side swarm the referee but he deems the aerial clash to just be a free-kick and nothing more.
28' Barella is down after an aerial duel with Thuram and Gladbach put the ball out so Inter's medical team can rush on to treat the midfielder. After a bit of treatment, Barella is fit to return to the heart of the visitors' midfield.
26' Skriniar heads away any danger from Stindl's cross before Wendt fires a wild left-footed volley both high and wide of Handanovic's goal.
25' Martinez and Lukaku are on different wavelengths as the former dummies past a pass for the latter. Luckily for Conte's side, their misunderstanding does not matter as his team regain possession within the same minute.
24' Gagliardini nearly has a chance at the back post, however, his first touch is slightly too loose which allows Lainer to make a vital clearance at the last moment.
23' OVER THE BAR! Lukaku dispossesses Neuhaus before finding Martinez, who tees up Barella. Unfortunately for the visitors, the midfielder's right-footed volley from the edge of the area sails just over Sommer's goal.
21' All of Inter's joy is coming from playing from the back, with Gladbach keen to press the visitors high up the pitch. Once the press is broken, the likes of Lukaku, Martinez and Darmian have yards of space to run into and attack - will manager Rose keep insisting his side press so aggressively?
L. Martínez
Yellow Card
20' Martinez goes down in the area as he looks to latch onto a loose ball but the referee is having none of it and books the Argentine for simulation. In fairness, it looked like Neuhaus barely made any contact with the striker there.
19' After a bit of deliberation with the referee, Gladbach are allowed to swing a free-kick into the area but Bastoni climbs the highest and in doing so manages to claim a foul off Lazaro.
R. Gagliardini
17' Gagliardini plays Darmian into the area with the simplest of right-footed passes to set-up his colleague for the first goal of the game.
M. Darmian
17' GOALLLL! 1-0 INTER! Darmian slams through Sommer’s legs with a low, driven right-footed shot from the right-hand side of the area. Initially, Gagliardini had put it on a plate for the wing-back but Sommer should be doing better at his near post there.
15' Lukaku races down the right wing and with four Inter shirts in the middle, somehow misses them all but finds Young at the back post. The English wing-back cuts in on his right foot before his shot gets deflected behind for a corner to the visitors.
14' Neuhaus brings down a loose pass and then looks to thread it through to Plea, however, Bastoni and De Vrij are alert to the danger as they poke away a clearance.
13' Lazaro has acres of space to run into near the halfway line but instead opts to play sidewards towards Lainer. The hosts then work possession from side to side with no real penetration as of yet.
11' Bastoni for the second time in as many minutes falters under the pressure of Thuram, Plea and Lazaro as he passes out of play from deep inside his own half. How many times can the centre-back afford to do that before it costs the visitors?
L. Stindl
Yellow Card
10' Barella breaks over the halfway line and looks set to launch a counter-attack until Stindl cynically pulls the midfielder back. The Gladbach captain becomes the first name in the referee's book for his tactical foul.
9' Inter will be looking for their first away victory against a German side in Europe since March 2011 (3-2 v Bayern Munich in the Champions League), having failed to win any of their last four such games in European competition (D1 L3).
8' The visitors have not started like a side who have not won in Europe all season. However, Gladbach do also look assured in possession, as both teams manipulate the ball from side to side in an attempt to create an opening in the early stages of this game.
6' WIDE! Young is caught late but the referee plays advantage with Lukaku finding Darmian on the right. The right wing-back crosses into Martinez, who has two attempts blocked by Jantschke before volleying a third shot just wide of Sommer's left-hand post.
4' Brozovic is careless in possession, allowing Lazaro to step in and intercept before the Gladbach midfielder opts to play backwards, retaining possession. The visitors then go down the other end and attempt to attack through Martinez but, once again, the initial pass is overhit and travels out of play.
3' Darmian improvises and does well to scrape the ball off Thuram, who was looking to break down the left. The right wing-back then counter-attacks but overhits his cross when looking for Lukaku at the back post.
2' Skriniar dances round Plea after the visitors build from the back and earns the first free-kick of the game, deep inside the Italian side's half.
1' Referee Danny Makkelie blows his whistle to get the game started!
The players are making their way onto the pitch and shortly this Champions League fixture will be underway.
Since losing their first ever meeting with Inter (2-4 in the European Cup in 1971), Gladbach are unbeaten in their last four games against the Italian side in European competition (W1 D3).
Similarly, Antonio Conte also makes three changes, with Lukaku replacing Sanchez to partner Martinez up top. Arturo Vidal misses out through suspension, which means Brozovic starts and Young replaces Perisic on the left.
Marco Rose opts for three changes to the hosts’ side, as Zakaria, Hermann and Embolo drop out for Stindl, Lainer and Kramer. Despite playing full-back last game, Lazaro will move back into midfield here.
SUBS: Ionut Radu, Danilo D’Ambrosio, Alexis Sanchez, Stefano Sensi, Achraf Hakimi, Filip Stankovic, Ivan Perisic, Andrea Ranocchia, Christian Eriksen.
INTER (3-5-2): Samir Handanovic; Stefan de Vrij, Alessandro Bastoni, Milan Skriniar; Roberto Gagliardini, Marcelo Brozovic, Matteo Darmian, Nicolo Barella, Ashley Young; Lautaro Martinez, Romelu Lukaku.
SUBS: Jordan Beyer, Breel Embolo, Andreas Poulsen, Ibrahima Traore, Michael Lang, Tobias Sippel, Max Grun, Hannes Wolf, Denis Zakaria, Laszlo Benes, Patrick Hermann.
BORUSSIA MONCHENGLADBACH (4-3-1-2): Yann Sommer; Stefan Lainer, Tony Jantschke, Oscar Wendt, Matthias Ginter; Florian Neuhaus, Christoph Kramer, Valentino Lazaro; Lars Stindl; Marcus Thuram, Alassane Plea.
Top meets bottom in Group B as the hosts sit on eight points, while their visitors are yet to win this European campaign. Last time out domestically, Inter coasted to a 3-0 victory at Sassuolo, while Gladbach crushed Schalke 4-1.
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