Manchester City’s Late Goal Secures Vital Win Against Dortmund

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Phil Foden’s late winner secured a vital 2-1 win for Manchester City against Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie at the Etihad stadium.

Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola has never made it past the last eight in the Champions League with City and was determined to see his side through to the semi-finals of the competition. Guardiola started the game without a recognised centre-forward as Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus were left on the bench.

City took time to impose themselves in the game as Dortmund pressed for an early lead. However, the Germans were punished when Mahrez’s cut-back from the byline was tapped in at close range by Kevin De Bruyne. Emre Can’s mistake caused the City counter-attack which led to the goal.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne scores goal against Borussia Dortmund

City were given a penalty in strange circumstances on the half-hour after Rodri went downing the box. After a VAR check, referee Ovidiu Hategan eventually reversed his decision. There was more controversy to come when the referee bizarrely disallowed Jude Bellingham’s equaliser.

Bellingham had closed down Ederson as he attempted a clearance and ended up taking the ball and scoring as the Brazilian missed his kick. However, the referee gave a dubious foul against Dortmund instead.

Image of incident involving Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson (L) and Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham (R) during UEFA Champions League match

In the second half, City were creating chances and kept putting pressure on the visitors.

However, the Germans scored a well-worked equaliser six minutes from time. Bellingham found Erling Haaland who cleverly flicked the ball into the path of Marco Reus who ran into the area to clip the ball over Manchester City goalkeeper Ederson.

Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus celebrates goal against Manchester City

It looked to be another frustrating night for City and Guardiola in the UEFA Champions League as the clock approached 90 minutes.

However, the in-form Foden stepped up with a crucial goal from close range from an Ilkay Gundogan assist after De Bruyne picked out the German with another sublime pass.

Manchester City midfielder Phil Foden scores last minute winner against Borussia Dortmund

The game finished 2-1 as Manchester City hold the advantage going into the second leg next Wednesday in Germany.

“In the first half we were not clever with the ball but the second half was much better and at 1-0 we had two or three clear chances. Unfortunately, it didn’t happen but after we conceded, we got the goal,”  Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said.

“To play good in the areas we want to we need to make good build-up and today was not good; Joao [Cancelo] and Rodri were not clever to receive the ball in positions for the other ones but it’s difficult always to do what we want to do because they have quality.”

“But it’s a good result and we have another chance in one week. We’re going to adjust a few things to go there and try to win the game,” he added.

Manchester City will play Leeds United on Saturday in the Premier League before the second leg next Wednesday in Dortmund.

Borussia Dortmund will  play Stuttgart on Saturday as they look to improve their position in the German Bundesliga.

 

Chidi Nwoke.

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