Marcus Thuram’s last-gasp decider helped Borussia Monchengladbach secure vital points against AS Roma while Gent came from behind to shock Wolfsburg 3-1 in UEFA Europa League’s group stage on Thursday.
Monchengladbach reaped three crucial points to increase their chances of reaching the knockout stages after beating AS Roma on home soil.
Both sides staged a cautious start into the game as Monchengladbach needed 16 minutes to get the first chance of the game on target when Denis Zakaria’s long-range attempt rattled the woodwork.
The host’s confidence grew as the clock ticked as Laszlo Benes and Florian Neuhaus tested AS Roma goalkeeper Pau Lopez at the half hour mark.
Five minutes later Monchengladbach eventually broke the deadlock with the helping hand of defender Federico Fazio, who cleared Thuram’s square pass into the wrong goal to give the hosts the 1-0 lead.
After the restart, the visitors from Italy increased the pressure and came close in the 57th minute when Javier Pastore’s well-placed curl from the edge of the box forced Monchengladbach goalkeeper Yann Sommer to make a diving safe.
Roma’s efforts paid off at the hour mark after Aleksandar Kolarov’s free-kick into the area allowed Fazio to level the scores and to make up for his first-half own goal.
Monchengladbach tried to respond straight away and they almost got caught flat footed but Justin Kluivert wasn’t able to finish off a fast break in the 70th minute.
Roma settled for a draw whereas Monchengladbach were not done with the scoring as substitute Alassane Plea flicked on a cross to Thuram, who headed past Pau Lopez to seal all three points in front of home crowd in the last seconds of the added time.
With the win, Marco Rose’s men climb on the second spot meanwhile AS Roma slipped to the 3rd place of the standings in Group J.
Elsewhere, Wolfsburg squandered a one-goal advantage and lost on three second half goals to Belgian outfit Gent.
Joao Victor put the host ahead with the opener in the 20th minute but from then on the hosts retracted with their narrow lead.
Gent turned up in the second half and turned the tides on the goals from Roman Yaremchuk, Laurent Depoitre and Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui.
The comeback win move Gent three points clear atop the standings while Wolfsburg sit on the second place of Group I.