BERLIN, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Borussia Monchengladbach wrapped up the first win in group C as Filip Daems and Peniel Mlapas scored to propel the German side to overpower Marseille while Stuttgart shared points with Copenhagen in group E following an uninspiring draw on Thursday.
Monchengladbach had to show a vital sign following a 4-0 loss at the league, but it were Olympique de Marseille that seized the initiative through Loic Remy who created two promising opportunities at the 13th and 15th minute.
The host finally gained a foothold into the match when Juan Arangos shot on target demanded a parry by Marseille goalkeeper Steve Mandana.
Nonetheless Marseille were unable to clear the ball from goal area so that Havard Nordveits shot provoked a handball by Charles Kabore inside the box to ensure a penalty for the "Foals".
Filip Daems stepped up and converted the penalty into the center of the goal to give his side the lead with 33rd minutes played.
At the second half the visitors piled on the pressure to build up chances through Loic Remy, Rod Fanni and Joey Barton.
Once more, against the run of the game, Monchengladbach scored at the 67th minute through Peniel Mlapa who came from the bench to slot home from 25 meters.
The 2-0 lead took the wind out of Olympiques sails to ensure the first win in group C for Monchengladbach.
"This was an important victory for us. It was difficult but we defended well," Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre said.
Fenerbahce Istanbul sit atop the standings in group C followed by Marseille, Monchengladbach and Limassol.
Elsewhere, Stuttgart have been waiting for their first victory in Europa League following their goalless draw with Copenhagen at Mercedes Benz Arena.
Steaua Bucharest lead group E followed by Copenhagen, Molde and Stuttgart.