The Manchester City will have a small advantage for the return leg of the Champions League quarterfinals after winning this Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium with a lot of work 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund German, thanks to a goal in the 90th minute from Phil Foden.
The goal of the English midfielder rewarded his game and made Pep Guardiola breathe with some tranquility in the face of a second duel where his rival will be the one who has to come back. It was not the night of Erling Haaland, who could barely participate, but when he did it was key to the goal that gives life to the 1997 champion, who endured this first act better than expected.
Pep Guardiola’s team did not have a comfortable game, especially in the first 45 minutes. As planned, he had control of the ball, but ran into an opponent who came out in danger on the counterattack, although he could not find his best weapon, very well controlled by Rben Dias and Stones.
Before twenty minutes, the local took advantage. An error by Emre Can started a great play by Kevin De Bruyne, which ended with a shot from the Belgian after a pass from Mahrez, one of the ‘surprises’ of the eleven together with the presence of Bernardo Silva as a ‘false 9’.
The passage through changing rooms brought the first appearance of Haaland. The Norwegian found a ball into space, made a hole in front of Rben Dias, but, somewhat unbalanced, could not overcome the leg of a gil Ederson. The visiting warning was not overly alert to Manchester City, which had a hard time getting the proper rhythm to the crash.
As the minutes passed, the local team already took control of the game. De Bruyne and Foden grew above all, but Dortmund was the one who scored then. Bellingham connected with Haaland and he showed that he also knows how to combine leaving a ball to Marco Reus who did not forgive Ederson. There were just over five minutes left, enough time for De Bruyne to find Gundogan at the far post and he gave it to Foden to give the lead for the return.
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