Phil Foden struck a 90th-minute winner since Manchester City chose a slight 2-1 lead in the first leg of the Champions League quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Kevin De Bruyne started the scoring 19 minutes to its runaway Premier League leaders. Still, Dortmund caught a vital away goal when Erling Haaland teed up Marco Reus into equalizing six minutes from time.
Foden had missed a succession of opportunities to double City’s lead sooner in the second half but made amends in the death to provide Pep Guardiola’s guys the edge with the next leg to emerge in Germany on April 14.
The City has failed to get beyond the previous eight in their past four seasons beneath Guardiola and once more fought to replicate their scintillating Premier League type on the European phase.
The British side had been overwhelming favorites before a ball was kicked from a Dortmund side which has dropped seven points adrift of the top four at the Bundesliga.
By comparison, City guys have won 27 of the last 28 matches in all competitions to stay on track for a historical quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup, and League Cup.
However, the hosts had to ride their luck to have a slight benefit to Germany next week.
Dortmund’s written start was reversed when Emre May talented away the ball to Riyad Mahrez within the City half.
The Algerian began a brilliant team movement as De Bruyne, Foden and Mahrez exchanged hands before the Belgian tapped home from the close selection.
The City thought they had a terrific opportunity to double their advantage minutes later when Rodrigo went under Can’s challenge within the region, and referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the penalty spot.
Hategan, however, rightly researched his telephone on a VAR inspection in the very first of quite a few questionable decisions from the official.
His second primary call ruled a Dortmund target when Hategan adjudged Jude Bellingham to have fouled Ederson because he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into a vacant net before half-time.
Haaland has focused on much pre-match hype, with City one of several clubs interested in the wonder child.
The 20-year-old had failed to score in two of his past 14 Champions League looks, but he spurned his one big opportunity to the web early in the second half.
Haaland showed excellent strength and speed to outmuscle and outsprint Ruben Dias but couldn’t raise the ball over the advancing Ederson.
De Bruyne was in the center of all City’s most dangerous minutes as Foden must have done better than flame too near Marwin Hitz together with the goal gaping.
The City captain subsequently sent a low shot inches wide before picking out Foden, who watched another attempt beaten off by Hitz.
Haaland revealed he’s more than only a goalscorer because his brilliant undo ball introduced Reus to fire Ederson in what appeared a sting in the story.
However, Dortmund couldn’t hold out at the final stages as City pushed for a winner.
De Bruyne was the founder again as his cross found Ilkay Gundogan in the back post, and his cut-back was swept home by a relieved Foden.