Not only at the European level but also at the global level, there is no team tournament that attracts more attention from the population than the UEFA Champions League. Therefore, this Tuesday, with the start of the first leg of the quarterfinals of the aforementioned continental competition, the entire planet was completely paralyzed.
On the one hand, two of the most important teams in Europe and the world such as Real Madrid and Liverpool met face to face. And, on the other hand, in parallel, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund met at the Citizens’ home with a clear goal in common: to take the first step towards the Champions League semi-finals.
Those commanded tactically by Josep Guardiola have this competition as an absolute obsession, which they could never win. Despite the enormous economic power and the number of titles obtained locally in recent years, Manchester City has never been able to stomp in the Champions League and has even been eliminated with smaller casts.
For its part, at the hands of the fearsome Erling Haaland, the German formation arrived in Manchester with the victim’s badge. But of course, Borussia Dortmund, who has just left Seville on the road in a series for the heart attack, has more experience in decisive instances: he was champion of this tournament in the 1996/1997 season and runner-up in the 2012/2013.
In the midst of this panorama, the first half rose to the occasion. The two teams went to the front trying to find the opposite goal to hurt. And the one who managed to do it was Manchester City, which made it 1-0 at 19 minutes into the opening period thanks to a goal from the great Kevin De Bruyne. With that marker came rest.
+ 1-0 de De Bruyne:
Later, in the complementary stage, both teams, true to their style, continued to deploy offensive tasks. One to increase differences, settle the match and get closer to the semifinals. The other to score the longed-for away goal that allows him to increase his chances. This is how, at 84 minutes, Marco Reus made it 1-1.
+ 1-1 from Reus:
Borussia Dortmund’s huge collective move that was settled by the experienced German footballer and that allowed Borussia Dortmund to get what it went to look for in England. But, as the game was heading towards a draw, Phil Foden, in the throes of the show, made it 2-1 for Manchester City. Fully open series.
+ 2-1 de Foden: