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Champions League: Disappointing Juve Held In Germany

Champions League trophyStephan Lichtsteiner scored just a month after undergoing heart surgery as ten-man Juventus drew 1-1 with Borussia Mönchengladbach on Tuesday.

The draw, combined with Manchester City’s 3-1 win at Sevilla means that Juve now trail the Premier League side in the group and will have to beat them in Turin next month if Massimiliano Allegri’s side are to qualify for the knockout stages as group winners.

The Swiss defender, making his first appearance since having the procedure to cure breathing difficulties, smashed in a superb equalizer before half-time.

Fabian Johnson had fired the German side ahead while Juventus had to play most of the second half with 10 men after Anderson Hernanes was sent off.

The hosts almost went ahead after 13 minutes when Mahmoud Dahoud hit a swerving shot from well outside the area which crashed back off the crossbar with Gianluigi Buffon stranded.

Five minutes later Gladbach did get in front after Giorgio Chiellini failed to clear a low cross into the box and Raffael collected the loose ball and played in Johnson to coolly slot the opening goal past Buffon.

Buffon was then called into action shortly after when he had to tip Ibrahima Traore’s shot over, and he then had to deal with Havard Nordtveit’s powerful low drive.

Juventus eventually managed to get a foothold in the game, though, and home keeper Yann Sommer saved from Paulo Dybala before Chiellini headed wide.

But Sommer was beaten a minute before the interval when Paul Pogba lifted the ball over the Gladbach defence and Lichtsteiner smashed a stunning volley into the net.

Juventus were reduced to 10 men shortly after half-time when Hernanes saw red for bringing Alvaro Dominguez. But they held on for a point thanks to another stunning save from Buffon to keep out a close-range header from Dahoud.