Phil Foden gave Manchester City a slight 2–1 advantage in the Champions League quarter-finals over Borussia Dortmund after Marco Reus snatched an away goal in a frantic end at the Etihad Stadium.
Kevin De Bruyne started and finished quickly to put City ahead in the 19th minute, but Dortmund was unfortunate late in the first half after referee Ovidio Hattigan inexplicably punished Good Bellingham for a fair challenge to Ederson.
City made their move late in the final quarter of the match, although Foden looked like the villain as he missed two golden chances before Bellingham and Irling Haaland met for Royce to quietly tied six minutes before the end.
Fortunately for the home side, young English Foden kept his composure when Ilkay Gundogan knocked out De Bruyne’s superb pass in the 90th minute and shot it in the right corner.
The opening match for the hosts came against the running of the game, as De Bruyne led the attack from the midfield and fed Fouden before applying the end of Riyad Mahrez’s deduction.
City’s penalty kick was canceled when a video assistant referee review showed Emery Chan had not fouled Rodri with high boots – on the contrary, he had hit the Spanish international’s thigh – and Dortmund was again puzzled by Hattigan’s decision seven minutes before halftime.
Bellingham burst from midfield and Ederson grabbed possession, but the Roman referee hit a foul before the young English rolled the ball into an empty net.
Having been the beneficiary of this massive downturn, Ederson saved his team early in the second half. Haaland sprinted to the field after a quiet first half, and Haaland rushed to Mahmoud Daoud’s through ball and toppled Robin Dias with the bulldozer.
Ederson stood firm to win the head-to-head, then City began to stand on his own two feet, with De Bruyne and Foden ahead. De Bruyne sped behind Mats Hummels to pass a cross to Vaudin, who was blocked by goalkeeper Marwin Hitz at close range.
Fouden’s fizzled Bundesliga defense again cut into strips with his dribbling prowess in the 80th minute, but his finish was not on the same level as Reus showed after a clever interaction from Bellingham and Haaland.
Reus overtook Ederson on the ground as he scored in a 1-1 draw in 2012. Foden, a City fan and occasional footballer, has confirmed it won’t be the same score this time.
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Pep Guardiola’s men got into the match after winning 26 of their last 27 matches, but this is the round of competition as they have fallen in each of the past three seasons. This offer was most similar to the singles match that came out with this number, a foul-ridden Derby defeat to Manchester United.
The power with which Premier League leaders Leicester led this weekend has been largely absent. Although he would be happy to finally enter the quarter-final second leg as City coach with his team up front, Guardiola still has the code to break when it comes to his players producing their best for such occasions.
Foden has the last word
Another familiar tale of City’s failures in the Champions League knockout matches squandered opportunities, and Foden’s later experiences played a part in this narrative. The fact that the 20-year-old had persevered overturning the script was in keeping with the overall performance. Five shots and three were on target more than any other player in City, while he completed three out of four dribbles and 89 per cent of 45 assists in half of Dortmund, creating one chance.
Dias lands on his high standards
The Portuguese center-back has been a symbol that City has discovered an even more stubborn side this season, but this was a difficult experience for him. A striker should not be inhaled by Haaland’s ingenuity, but being thrown into the lawn by the youngster was a disciplinary moment and Dias won only three of his eight duels.
Guardiola’s choice could have played a role, as Dias often found himself uncomfortable on the left side of City’s liquid defensive squad, without Emric Laporte or Olexandr Zinchenko to provide balance.
Key facts about Opta
Only Real Madrid (26) and Barcelona (20) have won more Champions League matches against German teams than Manchester City (13), with the English team winning 11 of their last 12 matches against such a competitor in the tournament.
Dortmund only qualified from the previous Champions League knockout match after losing the first leg, and Benfica were eliminated in the Round of 16 in 2016-2017 (a 1-0 away loss in the first leg, 4-4). 0 home wins in the second leg).
Since his first season in the Champions League in 2011-12, no team has scored more than City in the 90th minute of goals (17 – level with Real Madrid).
Foden became the third youngest English player to score in the Champions League quarter-finals, behind only Alan Smith in 2001 for Leeds (20 years and 158 days) and Theo Walcott in 2009 for Arsenal (20 years and 30 days).
Rios surpassed Robert Lewandowski to become Dortmund’s top scorer in the Champions League with 18 goals.
De Bruyne has participated directly in 13 goals in the last 12 matches in the Champions League (4 goals and 9 assists), scoring four goals and making three more assists in seven matches in the Champions League quarter-finals.
Mahrez provided 10 assists for City in the Champions League, a number surpassed only by Kylian Mbappe (13) and Angel Di Maria (11) since the start of the 2018-2019 season.
Bellingham became the second youngest player to start the Champions League quarter-finals (17 years, 281 days) behind Bojan only in April 2008 for Barcelona against Schalke (17 years, 217 days).
City host Leeds United on Saturday, with Guardiola describing Marcelo Bielsa’s side as the “worst opponent” his side could play in the second leg of the Champions League. Eden Terzic showed no strong stance on Dortmund’s weekend trip to Stuttgart.