Champions League: it will be PSG-Manchester City in the semi-finals, Dortmund can blame themselves

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Manchester City and Pep Guardiola have broken the curse, advancing to the Champions League semi-finals. Thanks to their 2-1 victory against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday night, the English club will face PSG in the last four.

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Pep Guardiola shattered the glass ceiling. For the first time since taking office in 2016, the Catalan coach has qualified Manchester City for the semi-finals of the Champions League. The English club defeated Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening with a 2-1 victory on the German lawn, which confirms the victory obtained last week at home.

Manchester City will therefore be the opponents of Paris Saint-Germain for a place in the final. The last time the two clubs faced each other was in the quarterfinals of the 2015-2016 edition of the Champions League. PSG, led by Laurent Blanc, had bowed.

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Hey, Jude …

Eliminated three times in a row in the quarter-finals, notably by Olympique Lyonnais last season in Lisbon, Manchester City found themselves on the brink of the precipice. The Mancunian team, as if they were once again paralyzed by the issue, at first appeared unrecognizable and sleepy. Uncomplicated, with still the kid Ansgar Knauff (two tenures in the pros) on the field at kickoff, Borussia Dortmund took the opportunity to take control. Until a good physical work of Erling Haaland – mute and weaned from good balls – allows Jude Bellingham to open the scoring with a very nice shot (15th).

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At this moment, the BVB therefore leads 1-0 and qualifies virtually thanks to the rule of the greatest number of away goals. And it is an English midfielder of 17 years and 289 days who was sidelining the opponent. With this goal, the hyperactive Jude Bellingham became the second youngest player in history to score in a knockout match, after Bojan Krcic in April 2008 for Barca (17 years and 217 days).

Can, still at fault

In the euphoria, Manuel Akanji almost widened the gap. The goal actually had the effect of slapping the sleepy face. With his foot on the ball, Manchester City pushed back the German block to accumulate opportunities. But in the absence of a center-forward, Bernardo Silva having yet been lined up as a false No.9, the lack of finish allowed BVB to stay alive throughout the second half. This did not prevent Kevin De Bruyne from smashing the crossbar.

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By dint of pushing, the solid Premier League leader has blamed the inconstant fifth in the Bundesliga. And more specifically Emre Can. Already at fault in the first leg, during he offered the first goal and almost gave a penalty, the German midfielder ruined all the efforts of his team with an avoidable hand in his area. Riyad Mahrez was responsible for transforming the penalty (55th). Unlike the first half, this did not cause any change in dynamics. Manchester City continued and ended up driving the point home with a nice heavy strike from Phil Foden (75th).

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It then took three goals for Borussia to create the feat. Impossible mission. In light of the rumors, this may have been Erling Haaland’s last Champions League match in yellow and black, while his father’s former club Alf-Inge will therefore travel to the Parc des Princes on the 27 or April 28 for the first half.

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