Manchester City 2-1 Dortmund: Phil Foden grabs last-gasp winner for City

Kevin de Bruyne-Mahrez-Manchester City

Marco Reus’ equaliser short-lived as Foden clinches the late win for Man City.

Manchester City edged out Dortmund 2-1 in a thrilling Champions League quarter-finals as Phil Foden scored the winning goal in the dying minutes shortly after Marco Reus’ goal.

Kevin de Bruyne provided the breakthrough in the 19th minute after City pounced on Emre Can’s sloppy pass in the midfield. Later, City had a penalty ruled out by VAR after finding Can’s foul on Rodri not offensive.

The biggest controversy arrived before the half-time when Jude Bellingham was denied the equaliser after the referee deemed the English midfielder fouled goalkeeper Ederson at the edge of the box while it looked there was no such offence.

Erling Haaland, who came to life in the second half, had a shot denied by Ederson and at another end, De Bruyne and Foden squandered few chances to help City go ahead.

Marco Reus almost crashed the party for Citizens after he scored an equaliser in the 84th minute with a top finish, with Haaland setting up the strike.

Reus’ strike was short-lived after Foden came up with the winning goal in the dying minutes of the game.

Pep Guardiola would be happy with the thrilling win but aware of the away goal scored by Dortmund.

Can’s mistake, controversial Bellingham decision changed the complexity of the game

Dortmund could have been back into the game, but referee’s controversial decision on Bellingham went against German side. 

Emre Can also made a terrible mistake by holding on to the ball needlessly for a longer time, only to give it away to De Bruyne cheaply. The Belgian midfielder then arrived at the right time in the box to send the ball into the back of the net from Riyad Mahrez’s cross.

Post-Match Reactions

Kevin De Bruyne's game by numbers vs. Dortmund: 
89% pass accuracy 
12 passes into the box (most) 
7 passes into the final 
5 ball recoveries 
5 duels won 
5 crosses 
2 take-ons completed 
2 chances created 
2 fouls won 
2 shots 
1 pre-assist 
1 goal
Phil Foden’s game by numbers vs. Borussia Dortmund: 
89% pass accuracy 
5 shots [3 on target] 
4 attempted take-ons 
3 successful take-ons 
3 tackles won 
2 interceptions 
1 goal
Jude Bellingham: "I definitely think I won the ball fairly. It’s a bit frustrating at a time when they’ve got so many cameras and so many TVs watching the game that they don’t wait for me to put it in the net and then check it." [BT Sport] #BVB
Erling Haaland in the UCL this season: 
7 appearances 
10 goals 
2 assists

We are absolutely going to Germany to win, not to defend. We are going to adjust our high-pressing, we are going to adjust our build-up, we are going to adjust our off the ball movements…

I want to congratulate the players. How they stuck together. The quality of the opponent, not because we were not able to do it, how much we fought and stuck together to the end. We won in the end, now we know each other quite well.

They had chance from Haaland from a long ball and Ederson made an incredible save. After 1-0, we took the game to our rhythm and Phil had chances. In the last 30 minutes he was our threat, if we could score goals in that moment, the game would be completely different.

Pep Guardiola, Manchester City Manager


Manchester City

Ederson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan, Bernardo, Foden, Mahrez, De Bruyne

Borussia Dortmund

Hitz, Morey, Hummels, Akanji, Guerreiro, Can, Dahoud, Bellingham, Reus, Knauff, Haaland