Live Commentary - Man City vs B Dortmund | 06.04.2021
Phil Foden shone and scored a late winner as Manchester City ran out 2-1 winners over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie.
Pep Guardiola has never made it past the last eight in the Champions League with City and this looked set to be another frustrating night when Marco Reus equalised with six minutes left, cancelling out Kevin De Bruyne's first-half opener.
However, Foden, who was preferred from the start ahead of Raheem Sterling, popped up with a crucial goal as the clock approached 90 minutes.
Dortmund bravely pressed City at every opportunity in a superb game. Jude Bellingham had a goal controversially chalked off for a soft foul on Ederson after the goalkeeper had dallied on a back-pass, while Erling Haaland was denied by Ederson after showing immense strength to get through one-on-one in the second half.
City hold the advantage though going into the second leg next Wednesday in Germany.
Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Dias (7), Stones (7), Cancelo (7), Rodri (6), Gundogan (6), Bernardo (6), Foden (8), Mahrez (7), De Bruyne (9)
Subs: Jesus (6)
Dortmund: Hitz (7), Morey (6), Hummels (6), Akanji (7), Guerreiro (6), Can (6), Dahoud (6), Bellingham (8), Reus (7), Knauff (7), Haaland (7)
Subs: Delaney (6), Meunier (6)
Man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne
Despite having the powers of Erling Haaland in attack, Dortmund have dropped way off the pace in the Bundesliga and came into this game seven points off the Champions League places.
- Pep Guardiola made five changes from the team that beat Leicester 2-0 on Saturday as Raheem Sterling was a surprising omission from the first XI. Phil Foden was among the starters – as were Joao Cancelo, John Stones, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.
- Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel, Marcel Schmelzer and Dan-Axel Zagadou were all on the sidelines. Ansgar Knauff was handed a Champions League debut in attack.
Yet even though their former City academy star Jadon Sancho was sat at home injured, they played with a determination not to allow the remainder of their season under interim manager Edin Terzic to drift away.
Bellingham, just 17-years-old but mature beyond his years, had the first serious opportunity of the night when he created space in the area but Ederson pushed away his left-foot strike.
City, again starting without a recognised centre-forward, took time to impose themselves but punished Dortmund's first major mistake to take the lead.
Emre Can mishit a pass straight to De Bruyne, who drove through the heart of the Dortmund midfield and whipped a ball out to Foden. The England man then sent in a low ball from the left and Mahrez's cut-back from the byline was tapped in at close range by De Bruyne, who had followed his run into the box.
City were given a penalty in strange circumstances on the half-hour after Rodri went down clutching his face following a challenge with Can. Yet it was not clear whether contact had been made and, after being asked to check the monitor by the VAR, referee Ovidiu Hategan eventually reversed his decision.
There was more controversy to come when the referee bizarrely disallowed a Bellingham equaliser.
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