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Fenerbahçe beat Gladbach for first win in Germany

Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 23.15CET
VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-4 Fenerbahçe SK
Beaten on each of their four previous visits to Germany, Fenerbahçe rarely looked like getting anything other than victory on this occasion.
by Ian Holyman
from Borussia-Park
Fenerbahçe beat Gladbach for first win in Germany
Raul Meireles takes the acclaim after scoring Fenerbahçe's second ©AFP

Match statistics

MönchengladbachFenerbahçe

Goals scored2
 
4
Attempts on target4
 
7
Attempts off target3
 
2
Corners3
 
4
Offsides3
 
4
Fouls committed14
 
11
Yellow cards2
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0

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Last updated: 16/11/2012 12:27 CET

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Published: Thursday 4 October 2012, 23.15CET

Fenerbahçe beat Gladbach for first win in Germany

VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 2-4 Fenerbahçe SK
Beaten on each of their four previous visits to Germany, Fenerbahçe rarely looked like getting anything other than victory on this occasion.

Fenerbahçe SK registered a maiden victory on German soil by defeating VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach 4-2 in a gripping Group C contest.

After the hosts took an 18th-minute lead through Luuk de Jong, a sublime Cristian free-kick and equally eye-catching Raul Meireles drive gave the visitors a half-time advantage. Dirk Kuyt added a third 19 minutes from time, and although Igor De Camargo pulled one back just three minutes later to leave Aykut Kocaman's men nervous, Cristian's late strike clinched a first win in five trips to Germany.

Fenerbahçe's fears would have been calmed early on had Marc-André ter Stegen not acrobatically turned away Moussa Sow's curling effort. Instead, the hosts seized the initiative as De Jong rose highest at the back post to head in Håvard Nordtveit's deep cross.

While the hosts were coldly efficient, Fenerbahçe seemed intent on matching the colour lent to the occasion by their boisterous, prodigious support. Cristian's free-kick eventually provided it, the Brazilian brilliantly arcing the ball beyond the defensive wall and Ter Stegen.

The German international goalkeeper was equally powerless to prevent Meireles' low drive zipping past him five minutes from the interval. There was potent venom in the Portuguese international's strike, yet the crowd of bodies through which the ball flew meant Ter Stegen had little time to react.

Juan Arango might have levelled when put clean through but for Volkan Demirel correctly reading his body language. The Turkey goalkeeper then required the help of Gökhan Gönül after being beaten by a cleverly crafted De Camargo effort, though the full-back only just recovered his footing to clear off the line ahead of the lunging De Jong.

Kuyt appeared to give Fenerbahçe sufficient breathing space when he side-footed in Caner Erkin's cross, but De Camargo quickly put the game back in the balance with a copycat strike. Cristian, finally, decisively, tipped it the visitors' way.

Last updated: 06/10/12 0.10CET

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Lineups

mönchengladbach

Mönchengladbach

fenerbahçe

Fenerbahçe

1
ter StegenMarc-André ter Stegen (GK)
1
Volkan DemirelVolkan Demirel (GK) (C)
3
DaemsFilip Daems (C)
2
Egemen KorkmazEgemen Korkmaz
Yellow Card32
4
BrouwersRoel Brouwers
3
Hasan Ali KaldırımHasan Ali Kaldırım
5
RingAlexander Ring
Substitution46
4
Bekir İrtegünBekir İrtegün
6
CigerciTolga Cigerci
Substitution62
5
Mehmet TopalMehmet Topal
9
L. de JongLuuk de Jong
Goal18
Yellow Card79
7
SowMoussa Sow
Substitution78
14
MarxThorben Marx
Yellow Card78
11
KuytDirk Kuyt
Goal71
Substitution90+4
16
NordtveitHåvard Nordtveit
14
Raul MeirelesRaul Meireles
Goal40
18
ArangoJuan Arango
16
CristianCristian
Goal25
Goal87
34
XhakaGranit Xhaka
Substitution87
77
Gökhan GönülGökhan Gönül
Yellow Card29
39
StranzlMartin Stranzl
88
Caner ErkinCaner Erkin
Yellow Card76

Substitutes

33
HeimerothChristofer Heimeroth (GK)
34
Mert GünokMert Günok (GK)
8
RuppLukas Rupp
6
YoboJoseph Yobo
10
De CamargoIgor De Camargo
Substitution62
Goal74
9
StochMiroslav Stoch
17
WendtOscar Wendt
21
Selçuk ŞahinSelçuk Şahin
Substitution90+4
22
MlapaPeniel Mlapa
Substitution87
23
Semih ŞentürkSemih Şentürk
24
JantschkeTony Jantschke
27
KrasićMiloš Krasić
Substitution78
31
HrgotaBranimir Hrgota
Substitution46
38
Mehmet TopuzMehmet Topuz

Coach

Lucien Favre (SUI) Aykut Kocaman (TUR)

Referee

Fernando Teixeira (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Manuel Torre (ESP)

Fourth official

José Miranda (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

César Muñiz (ESP), José Teixeira (ESP)

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