Phil Foden used to be Manchester City’s hero. (Photograph by Paul ELLIS / AFP)
Phil Foden struck a 90th minute winner as Manchester City took a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday.
Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring on 19 minutes for the runaway Premier League leaders, nonetheless Dortmund grabbed a well-known away plot when Erling Haaland teed up Marco Reus to equalise six minutes from time.
Foden had overlooked a series of possibilities to double City’s lead earlier within the 2nd-half, nonetheless made amends at the death to present Pep Guardiola’s men the advantage with the 2nd leg to come abet in Germany on April 14.
City bear did no longer acquire beyond the final eight in their old four seasons under Guardiola and once extra struggled replicate their scintillating Premier League originate on the European stage.
The English aspect were overwhelming favourites before a ball used to be kicked against a Dortmund aspect that has fallen seven facets adrift of the tip four within the Bundesliga.
Against this, City men bear now won 27 of their final 28 games in all competitions to live heading within the suitable direction for a ancient quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup.
However the hosts had to dawdle their superb fortune to bear interaction a slim advantage to Germany subsequent week.
A light start from Dortmund used to be undone when Emre Can gifted the ball away to Riyad Mahrez contained within the City half.
The Algerian started a ideal crew switch as De Bruyne, Foden and Mahrez exchanged passed before the Belgian tapped dwelling from conclude range.
City notion they had a colossal probability to double their advantage moments later when Rodrigo went down under Can’s scenario contained within the placement and referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the penalty utter.
Hategan, though, rightly overturned his call on a VAR review within the first of a different of dubious choices from the Romanian legitimate.
His subsequent enormous call ruled out a Dortmund plot when Hategan adjudged Jude Bellingham to bear fouled Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into an empty procure ravishing before half-time.
Haaland used to be the well-known focal point of grand of the pre-match hype with City notion to be one of a different of golf equipment within the Norwegian marvel kid.
The 20-year-ragged had did no longer attain in just two of his old 14 Champions League appearances, nonetheless he spurned his one enormous probability to procure early within the 2nd-half.
Haaland confirmed colossal strength and roam to outmuscle and outsprint Ruben Dias, nonetheless would possibly no longer elevate the ball over the advancing Ederson.
De Bruyne used to be at the guts of all of City’s most unhealthy moments as Foden will bear to bear done higher than hearth too conclude to Marwin Hitz with the plot gaping.
The City captain then despatched a low shot inches vast before once extra selecting out Foden, who saw yet another effort beaten away by Hitz.
Haaland confirmed he’s extra than ravishing a goalscorer as his gleaming reverse ball launched Reus to hearth beyond Ederson in what appeared a sting within the story.
But Dortmund would possibly no longer retain out within the closing phases as City pushed for a winner.
De Bruyne used to be the creator again as his depraved found Ilkay Gundogan at the abet submit and his within the discount of-abet used to be swept dwelling by a relieved Foden.