Barcelona battle from goal down to beat Gladbach 2-1

Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (right) celebrates scoring the 1-2 goal with his teammates.
Barcelona's defender Gerard Pique (right) celebrates scoring the 1-2 goal with his teammates.PHOTO: AFP

MOENCHENGLADBACH, Germany (REUTERS) - Barcelona battled back from a goal down and scored twice in the second half to beat hosts Borussia Moenchengladbach 2-1 in their Champions League Group C match on Wednesday (Sept 28) 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 hard-working Germans had taken a surprising lead, scoring against the run of play, with Thorgan Hazard slotting in to complete a quick break for the hosts in the 34th minute.

Barcelona, with Argentine Messi missing with a groin injury, dominated the game but were made to work hard for their second group win that put them on six points.

The hosts, who managed just one shot on target, have zero, having lost both matches so far.