Barcelona overcame the absence of Lionel Messi to come from behind and beat Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Gerard Piquet stabbed home the winning goal in the 74th minute after a corner from Neymar was volleyed by Luis Suarez. Moenchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer spilled the shot and the Barcelona defender hustled to nod it home.
Neymar created Barcelona’s equalizer with a throughball for substitute Arda Turan, who drilled it into the roof of the net in the 65th, five minutes after coming on for Ivan Rakitic.
Moenchengladbach could not hold onto the lead it got in the 34th. Mahmoud Dahoud and Raffael double-teamed to put Sergio Busquets under pressure and win the ball. Raffael carried it forward and then fed Dahoud on the left. His perfectly timed pass found Hazard open to slot home from close range.
„We dominated the first half and created several chances,” Luis Enrique said at a news conference.
“We didn’t carve out as many opportunities after half-time, but overall it was a deserved win.
“Monchengladbach did not play the way they usually play, but they opted to sit deep. We got chances, but they hit us on the break, something which they are very good at.
“We responded after the interval and our strategy gave us the win.”
“Arda is getting better and better. He’s X factor for Barcelona. He stayed strong after what happened to him last season.”
“This is a very tough group. You saw what happened in Scotland. Celtic pull a draw against City. Everybody got wrong impression for Celtic after 7-0 lose.”