CL: Man City-Borussia Monchengladbach first group game rescheduled

Tonight's Champions League group game between Manchester City and Borussia Moenchengladbach, on Tuesday was postponed due to heavy rain at City’s Etihad Stadium. City said in a statement on their website.

A downpour in Manchester for several hours prior to the game’s scheduled 1845 GMT kick-off and there was thunder and lightning overhead as fans made their way to the stadium. 

UEFA’s Champions League Twitter account wrote: “Further information on the rearranged fixture will be provided in due course.” 

A group of UEFA officials carrying umbrellas, performed a pitch inspection around 45 minutes prior to the scheduled kick-off time. 

The rain eased off as kick-off time approached, but with conditions outside treacherous, the decision to call the game off was made shortly before 1830 GMT.

Manchester’s Metrolink tram system had to be temporarily suspended due to the rain and photographs circulating on social media showed huge puddles in city centre streets. 

The match is due to be City manager Pep Guardiola’s first group-stage game with the club. 

City and Gladbach met in last season’s group phase, with the English club winning both games en route to the semi-finals.