Man City 2-1 Dortmund: Erling Haaland’s stunning acrobatic volley completes a late turnaround against his former club… after Jude Bellingham’s header was canceled out by John Stones’ volley
- Manchester City leave it late to beat Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League at the Etihad Stadium
- Pep Guardiola’s side were frustrated by their rivals for large parts and went behind shortly after the break
- Jude Bellingham headed past a helpless Ederson after Marco Reus delivered a perfect ball
- A bullet strike from makeshift right-back John Stones drew City level with just 10 minutes remaining
- Erling Haaland was then the hero against his former club as he produced a stunning finish to win the game.
For a team so measured, so controlled, Manchester City have this uncanny knack for exciting moments when their backs are against the wall.
Another comeback on this ground and, of course, it had to be Erling Haaland. He forced home the winner with six minutes remaining.
But then there had been John Stones four minutes earlier. A good old-fashioned strike from 25 yards by a centre-half who had nothing to shoot for and injected energy into a night that felt fatigued and depleted.
Erling Haaland’s incredible acrobatic finish completed Manchester City’s stunning turnaround against Borussia Dortmund
The Norwegian striker’s celebrations were muted against his former club, but his team-mates were quick to pounce
DATA OF THE MATCH
MANCHESTER CITY (4-2-3-1): Ederson 6; Stones 6, Akanji 6, Ake 6, Cancelo 7; Rodri 6, Gundogan 6 (Silva 58, 7); Mahrez 6 (Alvarez 58, 7), De Bruyne 7, Grealish 5.5 (Foden 58, 7.5); Haaland 8.5 (Phillips 90)
Scorers: Stones 80, Haaland 84
Appointed: Rodri, Guardiola, Foden
Coach: Pep Guardiola 6.5
BORUSSIA DORTMUND (4-3-2-1): Meyer 5; Meunier 6, Sule 7, Hummels 7, Guerreiro 6; Ozcan 7 (Adeyemi 88), Can 6, Bellingham 8; Reus 7 (Moukoko 88), Reyna 7 (Malen 62, 5); Modest 6.5 (Schlotterbeck 78).
Scorer: Bellingham 56
Reserved: Malen, Ozcan, Meunier
Manager: Edin Terzic 6
Referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy) 6
City are the boss of their group, controlling the group in a way, and Borussia Dortmund – inspired by Jude Bellingham – wondered how it all happened.
Edin Terzic had decided not to direct all of Dortmund’s focus towards Haaland. It’s hard not to, of course, especially given what they know about him and the wily Mats Hummels earning himself a recall after being left out of the last two certainly presented a point of interest .
Maybe a click, but a little extra experience never hurt in circumstances like these; every team is realizing that every trick in the book is needed to stop the massive Norwegian.
Veteran central defensive partner and fellow German international Niklas Sule has a bit of that in his locker. There was a moment, about a third of the way through, when he stood still, intercepting Haaland as he entered the penalty area. He planted his right foot, pinched the ball and might as well have said “thank you very much” as he walked away with possession. It’s not often that the striker is left looking back and wondering what just happened. The city felt like this for much of the night.
City’s equalizer came with just 10 minutes remaining when John Stones fired home a powerful strike from the edge of the area.
Stones, playing at right-back, celebrates as he puts City on the road to a comeback on an outstanding night at the Etihad Stadium.
The Premier League champions continued their perfect start to their European campaign after relegating Sevilla last week
Jude Bellingham put Borussia Dortmund ahead 10 minutes after half-time when he headed past a defenseless Ederson.
Sule had earlier latched onto Riyad Mahrez’s eye-catching cross just off Haaland’s head inside the six-yard box, as well as in a rare moment where City got the better of their visitors. Dortmund, in patches, forced them into difficult areas, although without creating great opportunities.
Salih Ozcan’s diving effort from 20 yards was the closest they came before the break – Ederson comfortably – and the move was all for Jude Bellingham.
Not everyone on these shores has the privilege of seeing Bellingham on a regular basis, even if the Bundesliga is often on our television screens. The youngster oozes class, smart beyond his years and once again a shining light, as he was when Dortmund went out at the quarter-final stage against City in 2021.
Bellingham, 19, has now scored more Champions League goals than any other English teenager, with four to his name
Pep Guardiola was frustrated for much of the game before his side turned things around in the last 10 minutes.
However, the City manager was shown a yellow card at full-time after arguing with Italian referee Daniele Orsato.
Bellingham took Ozcan’s chance calmly in the middle of the park, weaving his way through a crowd and calmly slotting in for Raphael Guerreiro to brave the forward from the left-back.
There with other cases where, when Dortmund suffered fair pressure, he expertly intercepted and made them move in the opposite direction. He will be a suitable player for someone when the time inevitably comes for him to step into the Premier League.
But then the tide turned. Stones took charge, just as Vincent Kompany had from almost the same spot a few years earlier, and headed home the equalizer with 10 minutes remaining.
The city wasn’t finished, but Dortmund was. Joao Cancelo threatened from the left and his tricky cross hit an area for Haaland to attack. You know the rest.
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