Pep Guardiola stated Manchester City “felt the pressure” of expectancy within the Champions League as they wanted Phil Foden’s ninetieth minute winner to take a slender 2-1 lead from the first leg of their quarter-final tie against Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday. Man City have now received 27 of their final 28 video games in all competitions to stay on track for a historic quadruple of Champions League, Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup. But they’ve didn’t get past the final eight within the Champions League in every of the Guardiola’s 4 earlier seasons in cost.
“We felt the pressure today, in this competition, at home, not knowing how we would react,” stated Guardiola.
“It’s better to win than draw but even at 1-1 we had 90 minutes to do it.”
The sides will meet once more in Germany on April 14 with the winners dealing with Bayern Munich or Paris Saint-Germain within the final 4.
Dortmund are at serious risk of missing out on the Champions League next season after slipping seven factors adrift of the highest 4 within the Bundesliga.
However, the guests began brightly till Emre Can gifted the ball away to Riyad Mahrez and City launched a ruthless counter-attack.
De Bruyne, Foden and Mahrez exchanged passes earlier than the Belgian tapped residence from shut vary.
City thought that they had an amazing likelihood to double their benefit moments later when Rodrigo went down underneath Can’s problem inside the realm and referee Ovidiu Hategan pointed to the penalty spot.
Hategan, although, rightly overturned his name on a VAR evaluate within the first of plenty of doubtful choices from the Romanian official.
His subsequent large name dominated out a Dortmund objective when he adjudged Jude Bellingham to have fouled Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into an empty web simply earlier than half-time.
This time VAR couldn’t intervene as Hategan had blown earlier than Bellingham rolled the ball residence.
“I definitely think I won the ball fairly,” stated the England worldwide. “It’s a bit frustrating at a time when they have so many cameras, they don’t let me put the ball in the net and check it.”
Haaland greater than a goalscorer
Erling Haaland was the main focus of a lot of the pre-match hype with City one in all plenty of golf equipment within the Norwegian marvel child.
The 20-year-old had failed to attain in simply two of his earlier 14 Champions League appearances, however he spurned his one large likelihood to web early within the second-half.
Haaland confirmed nice energy and tempo to outmuscle and outsprint Ruben Dias, however couldn’t elevate the ball over the advancing Ederson.
De Bruyne was on the coronary heart of all of City’s most harmful moments as Foden ought to have accomplished higher than hearth too near Marwin Hitz with the objective gaping.
The City captain then despatched a low shot inches extensive earlier than as soon as extra choosing out Foden, who noticed one other effort overwhelmed away by Hitz.
However, City have been then hit with a sucker punch as Haaland confirmed he’s greater than only a goalscorer.
His good reverse ball launched Marco Reus to fireplace past Ederson in what appeared a sting within the story six minutes from time.
But Dortmund couldn’t maintain out within the closing levels as City pushed for a winner.
De Bruyne was the creator once more as his cross discovered Ilkay Gundogan on the again submit and his cut-back was swept residence by a relieved Foden.
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