City outclass Gladbach in dominant display

Sevilla spot on to beat Borussia Monchengladbach


Sevilla scored two second-half penalties and missed another as they defeated Borussia Monchengladbach 3-0 in their opening Champions League group-stage clash.

The back-to-back Europa League champions are one of five Spanish clubs in the continent's premier competition and, like the two Madrid clubs also in action on Tuesday night, they began with three points.

They were given a helping hand by some wild Monchengladbach defending and referee Pavel Kralovec, who awarded three spot kicks in the space of 19 minutes.

Kevin Gameiro converted the first, before striking the crossbar with the second and allowing Ever Banega to slot in the third. Substitute Yevhen Konoplyanka then curled in a third with a cross-cum-shot moments after he arrived on the pitch.

The hosts should have been ahead inside five minutes at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium.

Vitolo's right-footed try from the edge of the area came back off a post and fell straight at Jose Antonio Reyes' feet. However, the ex-Arsenal forward spooned his first-time attempt straight into the Sevilla fans behind the goal.

Aside from a header over the top by Roel Brouwers, it was one-way traffic with Sevilla dominating in their own stadium.

Gameiro was a lively presence up front throughout the first period and he glanced Reyes' cross from the left wing into the side netting after throwing himself at it from only a couple of yards out.

Vitolo's flick on was then latched on to by Gameiro and only a fine one-handed stop from Yann Sommer prevented him from opening the scoring.

However, the goalkeeper's good work there was undone 26 seconds into the second half.

Sommer dived at the feet of Vitolo as the ball came across the six-yard box and Gameiro slammed the spot-kick into the roof of the net.

And Sevilla had a second penalty just three minutes later. Again Vitolo was fouled as he burst into the box and cut past Brouwers, who dangled a leg out and tripped the forward up.

Gameiro stepped up again and once more went high and hard but this time the ball crashed off the underside of the crossbar and dropped down just before the line.

Sevilla's scorer therefore ceded responsibility to Banega when Tony Jantschke hacked Gameiro down inside the area after failing to clear the ball, and the Argentine midfielder coolly tucked the penalty low into the left-hand corner.

The home side were not benefiting from all of the decisions - Reyes correctly booked for attempting to guide Vitolo's cross in with his hand - but they continued to enjoy fortune elsewhere.

Konoplyanka, on for Reyes in the 82nd minute, looked to be delivering a centre from a short corner on the right but it caught Sommer by surprise and the goalkeeper was only able to parry the ball into his net to complete a comfortable evening for Unai Emery's side.

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