2014-15 UEFA Europa League, 2014 First Round
  • Etoundi Franck (23')
  • Håvard Nordtveit (25')

FC Zürich 1-1 Borussia Monchengladbach

Havard Nordtveit produced a thunderous strike to secure a point for Borussia Monchengladbach as they drew 1-1 with FC Zurich at the Stadion Letzigrund.
Lucien Favre saw his Gladbach side fall behind against his old club when Franck Etoundi tapped home midway through the first half.
But Nordtveit's memorable strike - his first in European competition - immediately restored parity and the hosts had to withstand a second-half siege to claim a draw.
Gladbach could have been ahead inside 10 minutes when Max Kruse was presented with a gilt-edged chance but the striker failed to find the target from inside the area.
Zurich were dealt a blow when striker Avraham Rikan was forced off through injury midway through the first half but bounced back to take the lead.
Incisive work from Marco Schonbachler down the left saw the winger make his way into the box and his driven cross along the six-yard box was tapped home by Etoundi.
Their advantage did not last long though as Gladbach drew level just two minutes later, Kruse laying the ball off for Nordtveit to crack a thunderous strike into the top corner from 25-yards out.
The Bundesliga outfit pressed for another goal before the break but were denied by a combination of brave defending and poor decision making - Kruse failing to test David Da Costa when well placed on the edge of the box.
Favre's men continued to pile on the pressure in the second half but they failed to find a winner, Martin Stranzl's late header the closest the away side came to claiming all three points.