Manchester City edge Borussia Dortmund in Champions League tie

Manchester City edge Borussia Dortmund in Champions League tie

Manchester City star, Phil Foden grabbed a last-minute winner as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in their 2020/2021 UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg match on Tuesday.

Foden’s goal was a saving grace after Marco Reus had netted a late equaliser for the German visitors.

Manchester City took a 19th minute lead with a classic counter-attacking move finished off by Kevin De Bruyne. This was after Borussia Dortmund’s former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can had given the ball away on the halfway line.

Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side then had a penalty kick awarded but correctly overturned by Video Assistant Referee (VAR).

This had come after a challenge by Can on Rodri.

Thereafter, Borussia Dortmund, buoyed by the reprieve, found some attacking verve. Romanian referee, Ovidiu Hategan, was at the centre of things again when Manchester City’s goalkeeper Ederson hesitated; allowing Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham to nip in.

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He slotted the ball into the net, but the 17-year-old was harshly ruled to have fouled the Brazilian.

Ederson came to Manchester City’s rescue early in the second half; saving from Erling Haaland with an outstretched foot as the German side continued to cause them problems.

Manchester City had several chances to extend their lead. But they failed to take them. Consequently, they paid the price for their uncharacteristic lack of precision in front of goal.

Borussia Dortmund struck six minutes before the end, after Haaland’s clever pass on the half-turn found Marco Reus; who had timed his run perfectly.

He simply beat Ederson with a composed finish.

But then Foden, who had been wasteful twice in the second half, made amends with a clinical finish from close range; after being set up by Ilkay Gundogan.

The quarter final tie is finely poised for the second leg.

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