Manchester C - Dortmund

Europe: Champions League
Manchester C K. De Bruyne (19), P. Foden (90)
Etihad Stadium2-1
Dortmund M. Reus (84)
LineupReview

Late defensive lapse cancels out Dortmund comeback at the Etihad

By Peter Vice

Germany's Borussia Dortmund nearly pulled off a sensational comeback 1-1 draw against heavily-favored Manchester City Tuesday evening at the Etihad. 

Unfortunately, German international Ilkay Gündogan set up England's Phil Foden for a 90th minute goal and Pep Guardiola's citizens snagged a 2-1 victory in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinal draw. 

Erling Haaland
Erling Haaland

BVB head-coach Edin Terzic opted for youth in the first leg of a crucial UCL tie on Tuesday night. Terzic handed recently called-up 19-year-old Ansgar Knauff his first start for the senior side. Knauff served opposite captain Marco Reus and just ahead of fellow teenager Jude Bellingham on the left wing.


Emré Can also moved into midfield to buttress Bellingham and Mahmoud Dahoud. Mateu Morey returned to work as a right full back while Raphäel Guerreiro moved back into defense as the left full back. Mats Hummels and Manuel Akanji quarterbacked the play from central defense. 

The underdog German visitors got off to a lively start with Reus, Bellingham, and lead striker Erling Haaland all getting looks at goal inside the opening ten minutes. A clear tactical shift ordered by Guardiola, however, eventually ended up stalling the BVB ranks.

A triplicate striker set of Riyad Mahrez, Phil Foden, and Bernardo Silva maintained wild rotations with midfielders Gündogan, Kevin de Bruyne, and Rodrigo Cascante. This made matters highly challenging for the Dortmund back line. 

By the 15th minute, City had scored the opening goal. De Bruyne stepped up and shook off Dahoud before executing a lovely give-and-go with Mahrez. The Algerian returned a exquisite cross for De Bruyne, who finished from close to the touchline. 

The dominant EPL hosts thought they had the sure 2-0 when Can supposedly hauled down Rodrigo in the box at the half-hour mark. VAR replays confirmed that the there was no penalty, but Can was still booked for pre-emptive dissent. 


More officiating woes for Dortmund saw the supposed equalizer cancelled out seven minutes later. Bellingham's tally was negated when match official Ovidiu Alin Hategan decided that the 17-year-old had fouled in the lead up. As debatable as the call was, VAR could not intervene in this case. 

Dortmund continued to fight in search of the equalizer. Haaland saw a great chance saved by keeper Ederson three minutes after the restart. At the other end Marwin Hitz denied City on their best effort in the 65th. 

Captain Marco Reus tied matters up with an excellent solo run and finish following a Haaland through ball a mere six minutes from the end of normal time. Regrettably, the Schwarzgelben couldn't escape one last defensive lapse. 

Substitute Thomas Meunier directed a De Bruyne cross into Gündogan's path in the 90th. The German national team player than laid off for Foden. The close range finish was all too easy. 

As disappointed as the Dortmund camp may be, the result leaves them still competitive for advancement. The second leg takes place next Wednesday at Signal Iduna Park.


Manchester C
(4-2-3-1)
31Ederson
2Kyle Walker
5John Stones
3Rúben Dias
27João Cancelo
16Rodri Hernández
8İlkay Gündoğan
26Riyad Mahrez
17Kevin De Bruyne (C)
47Philip Foden
20Bernardo Silva ↩59
Bench
13Zack Steffen
85James Trafford
7Raheem Sterling
9Gabriel Jesus ↪59
10Sergio Agüero
21Ferrán Torres
6Nathan Aké
11Oleksandr Zinchenko
14Aymeric Laporte
22Benjamin Mendy
50Eric García
25Fernandinho
Dortmund
(4-3-3)
35Marwin Hitz
2Mateu Morey ↩81
16Manuel Akanji
15Mats Hummels
13Raphaël Guerreiro
22Jude Bellingham
23Emre Can
8Mahmoud Dahoud ↩81
36Ansgar Knauff ↩63
9Erling Håland
11Marco Reus (C)
Bench
1Roman Bürki
40Stefan Drljača
27Steffen Tigges
14Nico Schulz
26Łukasz Piszczek
6Thomas Delaney ↪81
10Thorgan Hazard
19Julian Brandt
20Reinier
24Thomas Meunier ↪81
30Felix Passlack
32Giovanni Reyna ↪63

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