About the hour. Suffering and without showing that great version 2021 mode that swept almost everyone. Manchester City and their Champions karma almost added another chapter against Borussia Dortmund. For the first leg of the quarterfinals he won it 2-1, in injury time. Phil Foden’s goal at least gave Pep Guardiola’s men the advantage in a match in which the Germans were a very good opposition and there were controversies. The Kun Agüero? He stayed on the bench and no minutes.
The celestial DT opted for an 11 without a fixed nine. Agüero and Gabriel Jesus stayed on the bench. Bernardo Silva took that role as a false reference but it did not serve him to fill himself with goal situations as it usually happens. Dortmund forgot that they are fifth to 19 points behind Bayern in the Bundesliga and put up a very good game.
The Citizens hit the first one they had. An error by Emre Can in the yellow start was punished with A nice play and definition by Kevin De Bruyne for the 1-0, the captain, creator and all-around player of this great team. Despite that, Borussia did not go down. He held out first and then went to look for the tie. He got it at the end of the first half but was controversially annulled by a Bellingham plate that saved Ederson, City’s 1, from the blooper.
With that 1-0, the second half once again had the visitors better planted. An Erling Haaland chance could have been equal but Ederson redeemed himself. All until the Norwegian assisted Marco Reus and the historic one did score 1-1 at 39 ‘from ST and deserved at that time.
It seemed that for City that ghost of always getting complicated in La Orejona was going to appear again. In Pep’s previous four seasons there was one elimination in the round of 16 and three in the quarters. But they went looking with everything already with Gabriel Jesus on the court (the only change that the Catalan DT made). Again De Bruyne appeared with a fine pass for Gündogan to enter the area (the other brain) and left it to the kid Phil Foden, who scored the 2-1 already in added time.
Haaland and the celebration with Reus. The Norwegian did not convert but gave the big pass to his partner (DPA).
Victory and period. Next Wednesday the 14th will be the second leg and Pep knows that he cannot take anything for granted. Dortmund showed him how difficult it can be. Much more with an Erling Haaland who wants to continue fighting (he did not score this Tuesday but is the Champions League scorer with 10) just when City is one of the giants that wants it for next season. The series is open and anyone can go to semis …
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