Phil Foden’s latest effort gave Manchester City a 2-1 victory over Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League quarter-final first leg clash.
England struck in the 90th minute to give the hosts an invaluable lead to take in Germany for the second leg. Kevin de Bruyne gave City a first-half lead in the 19th minute, but Marco Reus leveled things late.
Dortmund enjoyed the best of the opening rally and Ederson was tested in just the eighth minute. Jude Bellingham combined well with Reus before forcing the city keeper to make a decent save from a distance.
Pep Guardiola’s men have started to gain a foothold in the game, with Riyad Mahrez looking brilliant. But it was De Bruyne who broke the deadlock.
Emre Can was dispossessed in midfield, with Foden subsequently turning Dortmund’s defense. His cross found Mahrez who skillfully chose the Belgian to come home six yards away.
City continued to investigate but just got their second shot via Ilkay Gundogan at 27 minutes. However, his effort was blocked but the hosts were then given a penalty a minute later.
Can appeared to kick Rodri as he leaned down to direct the ball but, upon examination, the referee overturned his decision. Dortmund had the ball in the net in the 38th minute but it was refused by the referee for a foul on Ederson.
VAR was not used and City were lucky as it looked like the keeper had fouled Bellingham.
Early fear for the city
The hosts may have been lucky enough to lead the break after keeping Haaland quiet. But the Scandinavian almost made his mark three minutes after the interval.
He grabbed a ball deep and shook Ruben Dias. But Ederson had a great save with his legs to keep the Citizens ahead.
City struggled to start early in the second half and BVB looked the most likely to score. Guardiola decided to take action and called on Gabriel Jesus for Bernardo Silva just before the hour.
The superb De Bruyne started to influence the proceedings more as half-time progressed. In the 64th minute he passed Mats Hummels and produced a superb cross which found Foden.
The youngster should have done better because he shot directly at the goalkeeper from less than seven meters.
City seemed happy that the visitors had the ball and are waiting for their chances to come forward. And in the 76th minute, De Bruyne tried his luck on 25 meters, pulling his effort just past the post.
As the game drew to a close, the Belgian ace had generally succeeded with Dortmund’s defense. He picked Foden in space, but the young Englishman’s 20-yard shot was straight to Marwin Hitz.
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But there was a late twist as Erling Haaland sent the ball through the defense before Reus propelled a solid finish into the bottom corner.
City had lived dangerously with only one advantage and had to pay the price. But Foden assured Guardiola’s men will take a slight advantage over Germany when they lock the horns again.
De Bruyne played a big role in the game-winning goal and it was another masterclass for the City superstar.
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