Despite United States international Fabian Johnson being in the form of his life, Borussia Monchengladbach have failed to extend their European expedition through the new year. Not only did their 4-2 loss to Manchester City keep them out of the Champions League Round of 16, but coupled with a Sevilla win, they've missed out on a Europa League spot as well.
It appeared as if it was destined to be BMG's night early on when they got out to an early lead in large part to Johnson's efforts. His strong run up the left flank and centering ball found its way to an open Julian Korb to finish past Joe Hart for the opening goal. While Fabian may not get credit for an assist since his pass took a touch off a teammate on its journey to the recipient, he was the main conductor of the move.
Unfortnately, David Silva equalized soon after and knotted the score back up at 1. Just before halftime Fabian would again play a huge part in BMG's second goal. This time he would be credited with an assist:
Gladbach pass their way down the field to Raffael who notches their second against Manchester City #UCLonFOX Watch: https://t.co/pBH0ZVWvXO— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) December 8, 2015
Even with Fabian continuing his unbelievable form, City would score three times in the second half to eliminate BMG from Europe. That means there will be no Americans competing in the Champions League knockout stage this season.
BMG will now focus their efforts on the Bundesliga in which they sit level with John Brooks' Hertha Berlin for third place.