Thanks to a goal from Phil Foden in the 90th minute, Manchester City won 2-1 against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League. Erling Haaland was silent, but he still managed to deliver an assist late in the game.
Borussia Dortmund conceded defeat but have already made the second leg less difficult with that precious away goal. Faced with an emotional lift in the very last minutes, the German club lost 2-1 on the lawn of Manchester City, this Tuesday evening on the occasion of the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
Certainly in poor shape with only one victory over the previous five games and a defense far from being a model of tightness, the fifth in the Bundesliga looked like perfect prey for the probable future champion of England with 23 victories in 24 games in all competitions combined in 2021.
Even with Ansgar Knauff, a 19-year-old novice striker who had only had 50 minutes of play in three appearances, the German squad did not go down. It was obviously not to be expected dominance from her subject, but she worked well enough to complicate the task of the opponent and show muscles on the rare possibilities of against that would arise.
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A strange foul whistled against Bellingham
The Skyblues, even though they started out hogging the ball, weren’t inspired to create shifts and find the key pass. It is also Borussia which punished itself with a gift from Emre Can, which allowed Kevin De Bruyne to trigger the first Mancunian shot of the match and open the scoring (19th). The German midfielder believed that he was going to push his own even further, with a penalty whistled against him and then canceled (30th).
Borussia Dortmund actually came close to hitting the perfect shot before the break, when Jude Bellingham anticipated Ederson’s exit and sent the ball into the net (38 ‘). Except that the referee, the Romanian Ovidiu Hațegan, who had been in command of the famous PSG-Basaksehir interrupted, refused the equalizer for a supposed contact with the Brazilian goalkeeper. However, the images showed that the fault was rather in the opposite direction, unless the emphasis was on the slightly high foot of the British midfielder. In any case, the referee could not have the action verified by the video assistance. He had surprisingly whistled before the action ended.
Haaland decisive passer, Foden savior
Not helped by the refereeing and constantly threatened by the assaults of Mancun (65th, 77th, 80th), Borussia Dortmund had to rely on its Norwegian crack. Orphan of his best passer Jadon Sancho, injured, Erling Haaland nevertheless missed a superb goal ball as soon as he returned from the locker room, after having again demonstrated his exceptional physique (48th). Very discreet in the rest of the meeting, especially in the first period, the most coveted striker on the planet therefore remained silent for his fifth game in a row, and Manchester City became the third Champions League team to resist him. But it was he who offered this long-awaited equalization in the last minutes, to Marco Reus (84th).
What marked the end of the impermeability of Manchester City, which had not conceded for seven matches of C1 (second best series in the history of the competition), did not prevent Phil Foden from crucifying Borussia in the 90th minute. A goal that allows Pep Guardiola to breathe, he who is now constantly eliminated in the quarterfinals. But this does not prevent Dortmund from dreaming of qualifying next Wednesday.