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Manchester City - Borussia Dortmund
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It’s all over at the Etihad and Manchester City will carry a 2-1 lead into the second leg. The tie is set up brilliantly, and Dortmund’s away goal will give them hope. But City were the better side and just about deserved the win, and it was fitting that the excellent Foden was the player to get it. I don’t know about you, but I’ll definitely be tuning in for this one next Wednesday.
What a finish to the game this has been, just as it looked to be meandering to a conclusion. It's set it up brilliantly for the second leg next Wednesday.
De Bruyne’s deep cross picked out Gundogan at the back post, and the former Dortmund man kept his cool to lay it off to Foden for the finish. That’s a big goal in the context of the tie.
- GoalPhil FodenManchester City
GOOOAAALLL!!! City snatch it at the death and it’s Foden! 2-1!
That was class from Dortmund; one tidy pass around the corner from Bellingham was followed by a lovely assist from Haaland, and Reus was clinical with the finish, arrowed across the keeper and into the far bottom corner. That’s got them into a great position in the tie, all square and with an away goal too.
- GoalMarco ReusBorussia Dortmund
GOOOAAALLL!!! Dortmund do get the goal and it’s Marco Reus! 1-1!
A long ball over the top is inches away from picking out the run of Haaland in behind. A goal for Dortmund now would leave them in a terrific position in the tie.
Foden has been so lively in the last few minutes and he almost opens Dortmund up again as he drifts in from the left.
Foden gets a shot away from outside the box as City break, with De Bruyne again the man to pick out the killer pass. The keeper makes a bit of a meal of the save, but the loose ball is hacked away and Dortmund survive. This is the phase of the game where City so often pull away.
De Bruyne has been excellent tonight and he pings a shot narrowly wide after skipping past a couple of yellow shirts in midfield.
Foden does brilliantly to skip into the Dortmund box between two defenders before pulling a low cross back across the area, but he fails to pick out a blue shirt and a dangerous move ends in nothing. That kind of sums up Foden’s night, sparkling on the ball but with little to show for it (so far).
City are taking the sting out of this game well, crowding midfield and forcing Dortmund to drop deeper and deeper, leaving Haaland more and more isolated.
Dortmund continue to look threatening without massively testing Ederson. They will be pretty satisfied with how they’ve played tonight, even though the score remains 1-0 to City.
City very nearly gift a one-on-one to Reus, but the ball just runs away from him as he nips in to dispossess the dallying Dias.
That’s a golden chance for City! De Bruyne does brilliantly to turn his man and then pick out the perfect pull-back for Foden, only for the youngster to fire his shot straight at the keeper. That should have been the second goal.
- OffAnsgar KnauffBorussia Dortmund
- OnGiovanni ReynaBorussia Dortmund
Young Knauff's full debut comes to an end. He's been decent without really posing much of a threat to City.
The effort from Reus clips the wall and City breathe a sigh of relief.
Haaland is caught by Stones on the edge of the box and it’s a very dangerous position for a free-kick...
Jesus links up really nicely with Foden on the edoge of the Dortmund box, but the forward was fractionally offside.
- OffBernardo SilvaManchester City
- OnGabriel JesusManchester City
Guardiola looks to mix things up a bit and brings on a centre-forward to try and stop Dortmund from being quite so comfortable at the back.
City are really being stretched here. It’s not just a case of Dortmund hitting them on the break, the visitors are playing some really tidy football when they get the chance, working the ball nicely into the final third and posing plenty of questions. You’d still back City to progress from the tie, but they’re not having it all their own way.
A corner is cleared by City and De Bruyne shows remarkable vision to ping a cross-field pass to Foden. There’s no support up with him though, and when Walker does arrive the Dortmund defence shut down the pass.
Dortmund continue to play quite nicely and are offering a bit of threat to City. They are missing the spark of Sancho in the final third though.
Oh my. Haaland is played in and he simply barges Dias off the ball and only a decent save by Ederson denies him. The striker’s pace and power was on full show there.
- 2nd Half
The game is back underway at the Etihad. Just a reminder that both Can and Bellingham were booked for those slightly contentious incidents in the first half.
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The half-time whistle goes to end a fascinating first-half. City lead 1-0 and had a penalty decision overturned by VAR, while Dortmund will feel aggrieved that Bellingham’s ‘goal’ was chalked off by the ref in a manner that meant video technology couldn’t even get involved. See you in 15!
Silva lays it back to Mahrez on the edge of the box, but his shot is poor and takes a touch to trickle through to the keeper.
The game temporarily opens up as Haaland picks the ball up in the box but can’t find space for a shot, and the only a crucial deflection on a De Bruyne pass stops City from opening up the visitors on the counter.
Foden gets in behind and stings the palms of the keeper with a shot from an angle, but the flag was up.
Not wanting to go old school, but if that’s a foul then the game’s gone. Bellingham toe-poked the ball away from Ederson, his boot wasn’t high, and he didn’t make contact with the City keeper. It should be 1-1.
Bellingham has the ball in the net after robbing possession off Ederson, but the referee blows up for a foul on the City keeper just before the ball crosses the line into an unguarded net. I’m not sure about that at all, very soft for me, but because the referee blew up it can't be looked at by VAR. A big let-off for City.
A deflection from Foden’s deep free-kick very nearly flies into the Dortmund net, but fortunately for the visitors it is close enough to the keeper for him to react in time and make the save.
City have stepped it up a gear since that penalty decision was overturned, and are pinging the ball around really nice now. They look much more like their usual selves.
The signal from the referee isn’t massively clear, but that decision has been overturned. Whether the yellow card for Can has been cancelled out too remains to be seen. But it’s no penalty to City, that’s the key thing for now.
This looks harsh. Can’s boot wasn’t even that high, it was more a case of Rodri’s head being low, and replays suggest there wasn’t contact between the boot and face, not even close actually. This should be overturned.
PENALTY! Can swings his boot high and catches the head of Rodri (at least that’s the referee’s judgement). We’ll see what VAR says about this.
City must be such a nightmare to play against, rotating positions constantly in those attacking midfield areas. One second it’s De Bruyne as the false nine, then it’s Gundogan, then it’s Silva.
Ederson charges out to beat Reus to a chipped ball over the top and the two collide. There’s nothing serious about the challenge from Reus, but the referee rightly blows up to make sure both players are okay.
Reus looks to play Haaland in, but the forward’s first touch isn’t the best and the chance to get a shot away evaporates.
Bellingham tackles Stones down on the byline, but the referee blows for a foul and City clear. That was a little on the harsh side perhaps.
Can will be kicking himself. Dortmund had been doing a terrific job of denying City space going forward, but one loose pass and the Premier League leaders swooped into action.
That was ruthless from City. A poor pass from Can in midfield gave the hosts a rare chance to run at Dortmund’s stretched defence, and they took full advantage, with a deep cross picking out Mahrez at the back post, who turned it back into the path of the onrushing De Bruyne to finish. Clinical. 1-0.
- GoalKevin De BruyneManchester City
GOOOAAALLL!!! De Bruyne puts City 1-0 up!
Dortmund nab possession and leap into action, but young Knauff can’t quite pick out Haaland in the box. That was a chance, City were at sixes and sevens.
Bellingham is caught by Gundogan in midfield and the City man is slightly fortunate to escape a booking.
It’s been an intriguing start this, not many teams have managed to knock City out of their stride as effectively as Dortmund appear to have done so far.
Foden shoots over as Dias heads back from the corner to set up an effort on the edge of the box, but the whistle had gone for a foul in any case.
Mahrez wins a corner after City’s best spell of possession in the game so far. It was, as it so often is, Cancelo who dictated the move from left-back. His evolution of that position is really quite remarkable.
That was impressive from Bellingham, who got up well in support and linked nicely with Haaland inside the City box.
Dortmund attack well and Bellingham shifts outside Walker and forces a save out of the keeper with a decent strike. City don’t clear at the first attempt but manage to shuffle the ball behind for a corner.
De Bruyne tries to find Gundogan as space opens up in the final third, but his pass is cut out and Dortmund survive.
It’s been a cagey start, with Dortmund very organised in midfield and content to look to pick City off on the break with quick transitions up to Reus and Haaland.
It isn’t a back-three for Dortmund, as initially suggested, more of a compact four.
Dortmund put together a decent attack and it’s Knauff who is picked out in space down the right. He tries to get a cross in, but the ball deflects back off him and behind for a goal-kick.
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Away we go. Dortmund, wearing their traditional yellow and black, get the game underway.
Here we go! The players emerge from the tunnel into a largely empty Etihad Stadium and we’re moments away from kick-off.
Gundogan played over 100 league games for Dortmund during his time there, winning the domestic double in 2012 and picking up a Champions League runner-up medal a year later. But Gundogan’s current form is the best of his career yet, and his former side will be in for a tough evening trying to keep him quiet tonight.
City are favourites to win this competition and are still on for the quadruple. We’ve been here before with this quadruple chat of course, but this year it feels like it may actually happen. But first they’ve got to get past Dortmund, and to do so City will likely lean heavily on their former BVB man Ilkay Gundogan.
Right, let’s park that transfer chat and get back to the football.
Whether Guardiola will be willing to do a deal with Haaland’s agent (the infamous Mino Raiola) is probably the biggest barrier to a summer move, given the pair’s strained relationship. But a couple of strong performances from the striker in this tie may be enough to persuade Pep to put his pride to one side. We will see.
" To score that number of goals at his age is not easy. He’s 20 years old and the numbers speak for themselves. When that happens it’s because he can score with the right, the left, via counterattacks, in the box. He’s a fantastic striker, everyone knows it."
It’s not all doom and gloom at Dortmund though, and any side with Erling Haaland up top is always in with a chance. The Norwegian is expected to be the star attraction in this summer’s transfer window, with City one of the possible destinations for the 20-year-old. And speaking ahead of this game, Pep Guardiola has heaped praise on the young finisher.
Sancho’s absence is a further blow to a Dortmund side who are in a bit of a bad place at the moment. Just three wins in their last eight league games have seen them slip to fifth in the Bundesliga, with defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend leaving them seven points behind those opponents in the table.
" Jadon didn't join the squad for the game, so he stayed in Germany and is doing his rehab in Dortmund. He started with a bit of running for the last couple of days and we hope that it won't take a long time to get back to team training, but he won't be ready for the next week, let's say."
If you hadn’t heard already, former Man City youth star Jadon Sancho is out this evening through injury, and may even be unavailable for the second leg, if the comments of Dortmund manager Edin Terzic are to be believed.
Some very interesting team news from Dortmund, who have switched to a back three to try and cope with City’s attacking threat, and have handed a first club start to young winger Ansgar Knauff.
City make five changes from the side who beat Leicester at the weekend, with John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Ilkay Gundogan, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva back in.
Good evening! The Champions League is back and there are a couple of rip-roaring ties to get the quarter final stage underway this evening, including this game between the competition’s favourites Manchester City and the dangerous Borussia Dortmund. I’ll bring you build-up for the next hour before live text commentary from 8pm. It should be a good one.