Last-minute winner Phil Foden gives City a slim 2-1 lead to advance to the Champions League quarter-final second leg next week.
But the excellent Foden had the last word, as De Bruyne’s fishing for a cross in the box was cushioned on Foden’s path by Ilkay Gundogan and the young England star was right with a low tilted shot.
City played with patience and determination, sensing Dortmund in a cautious opening.
Indeed, Ederson was called up first after just seven minutes when he made a save from Jude Bellingham, before City gradually began to take control.
Although Dortmund were well organized, they were masters of their own downfall when City finally took the lead at 19 minutes.
Riyad Mahrez intercepted a bad pass from Emre Can, played it to De Bruyne who drove forward to the Dortmund area and played it to Phil Foden who has a left cross at Riyad Mahrez was slightly surprised – but Mahrez kept the ball in play and put it down. return to De Bruyne who fired a low shot in front of the keeper from close range.
Ten minutes later and it looked like City would have a golden chance to double the lead.
Rodrigo fell in a heap under a challenge from Can in the box and at first glance it looked like the German had grabbed the City midfielder in the face – the referee felt the same as he pointed to the spot but after a long VAR. investigation, the official reviewed his decision on a field monitor before reconsidering his decision.
Was it a penalty? Probably not, but it was another example of how City’s bad luck with VAR decisions in the Champions League continues – although moments later there was relief that there was no ‘VAR review as Ederson was caught in possession outside his area by Bellingham and the former Birmingham City player continued and rolled the ball into the empty net.
The referee had already blown for a foul, but TV reruns suggested there had been minimal contact and Ederson was a lucky shade to get away with it.
The end result was that City took a 1-0 lead at the break.
If Ederson was responsible for the Bellingham incident, he came to the rescue in the 48th minute as the powerful Erling Haaland had just taken a physical fight with Ruben Dias as he chased a ball deep and the Norwegian’s shot was shot. was well saved by City No. 1..
It was the first glimpse of what the 20-year-old is capable of and a reminder to players in town to keep supply lines firmly closed.
City nearly doubled the lead in the 64th minute after a nice break to De Bruyne’s right and as he stepped into the box they chose Foden who hit a low shot directly at Dortmund keeper Hitz and the Germans survived.
De Bruyne and Foden caused trouble in Dortmund all night and the two closed in the span of a 76-minute span with the Belgian whistling a low shot from a foot wide before setting up Foden who had hit a low drive straight to the keeper.
City paid for missed opportunities in the 84th minute when Haaland’s film sent Marco Reus to the edge of the box and the Dortmund midfielder slid the ball past Ederson to give the Germans a crucial away goal.
But Foden’s late strike gives City the advantage for next week’s second leg.
Mature UCL performance by city
There was an air of calm around City throughout this first leg.
In previous years we have seen the frenzy of a first leg defeat against Liverpool, the drama and heartache against Spurs and a quirky display against Lyon last summer.
But there were no passages of panic or adrenaline-fueled play against Dortmund – just a confident display of a team who were in control of much of the game and not taking any risks.
Yes, Dortmund have finally found a way through – with their punch, it’s not a major surprise – but City fought back almost immediately.
No panic, just calm and focus – characteristics of teams that have enjoyed success in this competition over the years.
The second leg will be just as tough, but it’s our first victory in a Champions League first leg in the fifth attempt.
Hypnotic display by our magician of the box of tricks.
And one evening when many eyes were no doubt on a 20-year-old in yellow and black, it was a 20-year-old in sky blue who made the headlines.
WHAT THIS MEANS…
City take a 2-1 lead in the second leg knowing that a draw would be enough to secure a place in the semi-finals – if Dortmund scores, City must also score for any chance of progress.
City will resume their Premier League duties on Saturday noon as we welcome Leeds United to the Etihad (kick off at 12:30 p.m.).
Then it’s in Germany for the return match against Dortmund one week on Wednesday (kick off at 8 p.m.).
“It’s better to win than to draw.
“In the first half, we weren’t smart with the ball.
“Our pass was not good for the teammate, but the second half was much better and we had two or three clear 1-0 chances to score the second and third,
“Unfortunately, that didn’t happen. But then we found the winning goal.
“To play well in the areas we want you have to have a good formation and today it was not good.
“Joao and Rodri weren’t smart to receive the ball. But that’s normal. Dortmund are strong with good quality.
“With the pace and the quality of the start, it’s hard to do what we want to do. But 2-1 is good and we have another chance in a week.
“We’re going to watch the game. Now we know exactly what they are doing. We’re going to adjust some things to try to get there and win the game. We won 27 in 28 and now Leeds.
“And then we go to Germany to try to win the game. “
City: Ederson, Walker, Cancelo, Dias, Pierres, Rodrigo, De Bruyne, Gundogan, Bernardo (Jesus 58), Mahrez, Foden
Submarines: Steffen, Trafford, Ake, Sterling, Aguero, Zinchenko, Laporte, Torres, Mendy, Fernandinho, Garcia
Dortmund: Words, Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerrero, Bellingham, Can, Dahoud (Delaney 81), Knauff (Reyna 63), Haaland, Reus
Submarines: Bürki, T Hazard, Schulz, Brandt, Carvalho, Meunier, Piszczek, Tigges, Passlack, Drljaca
STATS AND FACTS
20 years and 313 days old, Phil Foden is the youngest Englishman to score a 90th-minute game-winner in a Champions League game, edging out Wayne Rooney who was 21 years and 182 days old when he scored the winner for Manchester United in a 3-2. victory over AC Milan in April 2007.
Since their debut Champions League season in 2011-12, no team has scored more 90th-minute goals than Manchester City (17, tied with Real Madrid).
Marcos Reus is now Borussia Dortmund’s top scorer in the Champions League with 18 goals. He was previously tied for 17th with Robert Lewandowski.
Reus is also the first player to score a Champions League goal against Man City since Luis Diaz for Porto in October, ending City’s 788-minute run without conceding in the competition (seven consecutive clean sheets before today) .
City have now won 27 of the last 28 games in all competitions.
City are on a winning seven-game round, at home and away, against German clubs – including this season’s round of 16. Our victory over Dortmund was our seventh consecutive home victory against Bundesliga teams; a 3-1 loss to Bayern in 2013 (managed by Guardiola) is our only loss to German opposition in Manchester (W9 D2).
City have scored 54 goals in our last 22 UEFA Champions League games; over the last three seasons, our record is W21 D4 L3 with 70 goals scored and 23 conceded.
Guardiola’s side are unbeaten in 13 European home games (S12 D1) since a 2-1 loss to Lyon on Matchday 1 in 2018/19.
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