Manchester City defeated Borussia Dortmund at the very end of the match but BVB preserved their chances thanks to the famous away goal.
Due to his many absentees (Dan-Axel Zagadou, Axel Witsel, Jadon Sancho and Youssoufa Moukoko), we did not give a lot of the skin of Borussia Dortmund against this ruthless Manchester City in recent weeks and racing on all fronts.
And yet, at the end of this first leg at the Etihad Stadium, Borussia Dortmund retain all their chances of qualifying as Haaland and his teammates only lost two goals to one and would have deserved to come away with a draw, more conforms to the physiognomy of the meeting.
City opens the scoring against the course of the game
It was also the BVB players who were the first to take action in this meeting with a nice number of Jude Bellingham in the box. From the top of his 17 years, the English international hooked Walker before sending a heavy strike that made Ederson shine, author of a beautiful parade (8th).
Dortmund dominated and against the course of the game, Manchester City let their talent speak by opening the scoring with their first shot on target of the match! At the start and at the conclusion of a well-conducted counter-attack, Kevin De Bruyne deceived Marwin Hitz with a shot from the flat left foot (19th).
The referee of the meeting, Mr. Ovidiu Hategan then stood out. After awarding a penalty to City for a foul by Can on Rodri, he reconsidered his decision after consulting the VAR (32nd). Six minutes later, he refused a goal to Bellingham for a very light contact between the English player and Ederson, the goalkeeper of City.
Haaland decisive passer
On the return from the locker room, Borussia set off again with a vengeance on the attack and Haaland, as bizarre as it may seem, lost his one against one against Ederson (48th)!
By dint of discovering themselves to equalize, the BVB was exposed to counter-attacks from Manchester City which multiplied the dangerous opportunities without finding the net through Foden (65th), Gündogan (67th), De Bruyne (75th) ).
But it was said that Borussia’s attacking style of play deserved to be rewarded. And if Haaland has strangely remained silent, he has turned into a passer to serve ideally Marco Reus who equalized with a beautiful shot in the 84th minute.
Unfortunately, football being cruel and Manchester City having many talents, Phil Foden crucified BVB at the last minute of regulation time. The English wisp took advantage of Gündogan’s caviar to deceive Marwin Hitz and thus offer a short victory to his people.
The two teams will meet again next Wednesday and BVB are hoping that their away goal will allow them to secure the qualification.