Monday 19 February 2018

Pique completes Barca comeback

Euro round-up

Gerard Pique is joined by Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez after scoring the winner against Borussia Monchengladbach. Picture: Reuters
Gerard Pique is joined by Barcelona team-mate Luis Suarez after scoring the winner against Borussia Monchengladbach. Picture: Reuters

Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to beat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C match last night 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 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.

Bayern Munich's perfect start to the season under Carlo Ancelotti came to an end as Jannick Carrasco's first-half goal gave Atletico Madrid a 1-0 home victory.

Antoine Griezmann fed Carrasco for the game's only goal in the 35th-minute as Atletico remain unbeaten this season.

Atletico could have made it 2-0 with six minutes to go, but Griezmann drove his penalty against the crossbar, after Arturo Vidal fouled Filipe Luis in the area.

Napoli produced a rousing display to beat last season's quarter-finalists Benfica 4-2.

Marek Hamsik headed Napoli in front after 21 minutes before a devastating spell of three goals in eight minutes in the second half left the Portuguese club reeling.

Dries Mertens curled in a free kick in the 51st minute, Arkadiusz Milik swept home a penalty and Mertens struck again just before the hour. Goncalo Guedes and Eduardo Salvio made the scoreline respectable for Benfica.

Edinson Cavani scored twice to give Paris Saint-Germain a 3-1 win over resilient Ludogorets, who took the lead through Pimienta Natanael in the 16th minute.

Irish Independent

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