Manchester City beat 2-1 at Borussia Dortmund this Tuesday at the Etihad Stadium for the first leg of the quarterfinals of the Champions League. The English started winning with a goal from Kevin de Bruyne (19 ‘) but were surprised by the tie of Marco Reus (84 ‘) until the final goal of Phil Foden (90 ‘) to give him a break. The meeting had some controversial, such as a penalty rectified by the VAR and a supposed foul on Ederson that had ended in a goal for Dortmund.
Despite the victory, the team led by Pep Guardiola will go home with a bittersweet taste, as they had controlled the game until Reus’s goal came after a luxury assist from Erling Haaland. As consolation came Foden’s goal, after a great play by Belgian de Bruyne, a great game. From the German team they demanded with great impetus some chances in the first half.
After the goal, City wanted to extend the advantage and almost succeeded when the Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan charged an alleged penalty from Emre Can on Rodri, after interpreting that the Dortmund player hit the Spaniard with the cue in the face. Finally, the play was reviewed by the VAR and they determined that there was no contact, so the penalty was not validated. The peculiarity is that Can was reprimanded anyway.
With the game 1-0 after City’s first goal (started from an error by Emre Can), Dortmund had a chance to equalize after a mistake in control by Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson. The goalkeeper mishandled the ball and was intercepted by Jude Bellinham who wanted to tap the ball and score the goal, but the referee called a foul. This was the most controversial play, although on replay it would appear to see Bellinham hit the keeper on his foot.
Although the “controversies” were questionable but not scandalous, the German team felt somewhat harmed. For example, Jadon Sancho, a member of the team but currently injured, said on his official Twitter account that: “This referee needs a review!” Dortmund coach Eden Terzic said that “The tie is still open” (they play on Wednesday 14 in Germany) but that he left “disappointed by the result.”