Manchester City won on the end by 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League, in a series that remained open after the entry of the Germans as a visitor.
City left the Etihad disconnected, with Borussia well planted, despite the clear difference in quality on the green. Yes, Guardiola gave up a pure ‘nine’ leaving Sergio Agero and Gabriel Jess on the bench, but Dortmund had to be content with a team with much less individual talent and without the injured Jadon Sancho.
The game would orbit around Haaland and his support on the left Jude Bellingham, the 17-year-old English-raised who had the first of the match, a left-handed shot almost falling that Ederson had to repel.
There was the match where Dortmund wanted, with Haaland receiving with relative comfort on the front and with the feeling that he could catch one, but an error in the ball exit ruined the good start of the Germans. Stealing in the middle, De Bruyne driving, opening for Foden, horizontal pass and Mahrez, from the baseline, gave it to the Belgian so that he could push.
The match fell to Dortmund, who was lucky with the VAR, because Rodri faked a blow to Emre Can’s face that did not even exist. The referee took the penalty at first, but changed his decision after seeing the images.
And again the referee, the Romanian Ovidiu Hategan, was the protagonist a few minutes later when he annulled a goal against Bellingham for allegedly stealing the ball from Ederson’s foul.
It wasn’t Dortmund’s day until now and Haaland even missed a heads up. The total surprise. The Norwegian beat Ruben Dias well by body, but, unbalanced, could not overcome Ederson.
Foden gave it back to him and in a death pass he threw it straight at the doll. City forgive more, with chances for Foden and De Bruyne themselves, and they ended up paying for it.
With five minutes to go, Dortmund pulled off a three-quarter combination that ended with Haaland filtering the ball for Reus, ahead of Ederson, to equalize.
It was a great result for the Germans, but in 90, Gundogan found Foden inside the area and the young Englishman, with his left foot, sentenced the match, but not the tie.
Check below the development of the meeting:
Manchester City – Borussia Dortmund preview
Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund will meet in the first leg of the quarterfinals of the UEFA Champions League. The commitment will be this Tuesday, April 6 at the Etihad Stadium, from 3:00 p.m.
The “Citizens” reached the round of the eight best after eliminating without problems to Borussia Monchengladbach. In turn, the Germans left on the road to Sevilla in the round of 16 in a series packed with goals (5-4 on aggregate), with great performance from their star Erling Haaland.
The Norwegian scored four goals in the key against Sevilla
How do Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund arrive?
The painting directed by Pep Guardiola is the leader of the Premier League with 74 units, 14 more than his archrival Manchester United. In addition, it accumulates six consecutive victories counting the domestic competitions and the Champions League.
Meanwhile, the “Negriamarillos” are in fifth place in the Bundesliga with 43 units, last qualifying position in European international competitions. The squad trained by Edin Terzic It goes through an irregular moment, since it only managed one win in the last five games.
Check out the likely formations of Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-finals
Manchester City: Ederson; Joo Cancelo, Rben Dias, John Stones, Kyle Walker; Rodri, Ilkay Gundogan, Kevin De Bruyne; Bernardo Silva, Raheem Sterling, (Gabriel Jesus) Phil Foden.
Borussia Dortmund: Marwin Hitz; Emre Can, Manuel Akanji, Mats Hummels, Raphal Guerreiro; Thomas Delaney, Jude Bellingham, Mahmoud Dahoud, Thorgan Hazard, Erling Haaland; Marco Reus.
This Tuesday, April 6, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund will meet in the first leg of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals, at the Etihad Stadium, from 3:00 p.m.