Heavy rain in England has forced the scheduled encounter to be postponed until a later date 

The Champions League match between Manchester City and Borussia Monchengladbach has been called off due to a waterlogged pitch at the Etihad Stadium.

Despite the UK being in the midst of a September heatwave, forebodingly dark skies opened into a torrential downpour after 6pm BST in Manchester.

Standing water on the playing surface made a pitch inspection led by referee Bjorn Kuipers something of a fruitless exercise – the sight of the Dutch official struggling to make a ball travel more than a few yards was enjoyed by the travelling Gladbach supporters but made the prospect of competitive football appear incredibly unlikely.

So it proved, as 20 minutes before the scheduled 7.45pm kick-off, Manchester City confirmed the postponement in a tweet, citing "adverse weather conditions".