Pep Guardiola said Manchester City “felt the pressure” of Champions League hope as they needed 90th-minute winner Phil Foden to take a slim 2-1 lead in their first leg. quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Man City have now won 27 of their last 28 games in all competitions to stay on track for a historic quadruple in the Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. But they have failed to get past the last eight in the Champions League in each of Guardiola’s previous four seasons.
“We felt the pressure today in this competition at home not knowing how we were going to react,” said Guardiola.
“It’s better to win than to draw, but even at 1-1 we had 90 minutes to do it.”
The teams will meet again in Germany on April 14 with the winners facing Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain in the last four.
Dortmund are at serious risk of missing out on the Champions League next season after slipping seven points adrift from the top four in the Bundesliga.
However, the visitors started off brilliantly until Emre Can handed the ball to Riyad Mahrez and City launched a ruthless counterattack.
De Bruyne, Foden and Mahrez exchanged passes before the Belgian came back at close range.
City thought they had a great chance to double their advantage moments later when Rodrigo fell under challenge from Can inside the box and referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the penalty spot.
Hategan, however, rightly quashed his call for a VAR review in the first of a number of questionable rulings by the Romanian official.
His next big call ruled out a goal at Dortmund when he ruled Jude Bellingham for fouling Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped an empty net just before half-time.
This time VAR couldn’t intervene as Hategan had blown before Bellingham rolled the ball home.
“I really think I won the ball fairly,” said the England international. “It’s a little frustrating at a time when they have so many cameras they won’t let me put the ball in the net and check it out.”
Haaland more than a goalscorer
Erling Haaland was at the center of much of the pre-match hype with City, one of the many clubs interested in the Norwegian prodigy.
The 20-year-old had failed to score in just two of his previous 14 Champions League appearances, but he missed his only chance to score early in the second half.
Haaland showed great strength and pace to get past the musculature and outdo Ruben Dias, but couldn’t lift the ball over Ederson’s advance.
De Bruyne was at the heart of all of City’s most dangerous moments as Foden should have done better than shooting too close to Marwin Hitz with the gaping goal.
The city captain then sent a low shot a few inches wide before picking Foden again, who saw another effort repelled by Hitz.
However, City were subsequently punched as Haaland showed he was more than just a scorer.
His brilliant inverted ball allowed Marco Reus to shoot past Ederson in what seemed like a sting in history six minutes from time.
But Dortmund couldn’t hold out in the finals as City pushed for a winner.
De Bruyne was the creator again when his cross found Ilkay Gundogan at the back post and his cut-back was swept away by a relieved Foden.
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