Fewer er­rors was key to Barca fight­back – Pique

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GERARD PIQUE said com­mit­ting fewer sec­ond-half er­rors was the key to Barcelona’s 2-1 come-from-be­hind victory at Borus­sia Moenchenglad­bach yes­ter­day as they proved they can win in the Champions League with­out in­jured Lionel Messi.

Thor­gan Haz­ard – younger brother of Chelsea mid­fielder Eden – gave Glad­bach a shock yet de­served first-half lead at Borus­sia Park.

But goals in the fi­nal 25 min­utes, from Arda Tu­ran and Gerard Pique, sealed Barcelona’s sec­ond Group C win af­ter their 7-0 ham­mer­ing of Celtic at the Camp Nou a fort­night ago.

“They scored with the only chance they had in the first half, but the game is 90 min­utes long and they put in a huge ef­fort,” said match-winner Pique.

“They didn’t have the same legs in the sec­ond half and we made fewer mis­takes in mid­field. By los­ing pos­ses­sion less and them run­ning less they the had fewer counter-at­tacks and it was more dif­fi­cult for them. Over­all, I think we were bet­ter and it is a de­served re­sult.” Barca fought back when Ney­mar shook off his marker to float a pass over the top of the Glad­bach de­fence and Tu­ran won the race to the ball be­fore drilling his shot home on 65 min­utes. The win­ning goal came just nine min­utes later. Ney­mar’s cor­ner was de­flected into the path of Suarez, who was un­marked in the area. He slammed in a pow­er­ful shot which was blocked by goal­keeper Yann Som­mer, but Pique was on hand to tap home the loose ball from close ran­age. “It was a set-piece, I was set up to block and I went for the re­bound. I saw the ‘keeper was a bit un­sure and I man­aged to score the goal,” ex­plained Pique. Barca coach Luis En­rique cut a re­lieved fig­ure af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle at Borus­sia Park. – AFP

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