Manchester City emerged 2-1 winners against Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park last night, to qualify to the semi-finals of this season’s edition of the Champions League.
After the first leg at the Etihad Stadium ended 2-1 in favour of the hosts, the visitors last night fell behind early in the game – courtesy of an early strike by Jude Bellingham.
The 17-year-old became the second-youngest player to ever score in the knock-out stages of the competition when the ball kindly fell to the Englishman in the area only for him to curl a shot around Ruben Dias and outfox Ederson in goal who could only parry the effort into his own net.
Dortmund were handed a platform from where they could go on to progress to the semi-finals – provided that the score remained the same at full time. Kevin de Bruyne rattled the crossbar from inside the area, as Pep Guardiola’s men went in trailing at half time.
Edin Terzic’s Dortmund side dreamt of progressing with the score line intact, but it was not to be the case, as Manchester City clawed back into the game – and finally made the pressure show when Emre Can was adjudged to have handled the ball inside his own penalty area.
In what some could brand as a debatable decision, Riyad Mahrez stepped up to take the spot-kick from 12 yards – and made no mistake as he slotted a powerful strike past Marwin Hitz.
City were well and truly back in the contest now, as Dortmund needed another goal to take the tie to thirty minutes of extra time – and even penalties if required.
But the hero from the first leg made it happen for his team once again, as Phil Foden’s thunderous effort went crashing in off the right-hand upright – set up for himself with a wonderful first touch – sent City ahead on the night, and comprehensively ahead on aggregate.
Hitz could have done better to prevent the strike from going on, but the power Foden generated was extraordinary – and enough to take his side into the semi-finals where they will go on to face Paris Saint-Germain.
City also ended their long wait of cracking a Champions League semi-final with Guardiola, as the two-time winner of the competition finally reached the last four of Europe’s premier continental club competition in his fifth season at City.
Post-match interview – Pep Guardiola
Post-match interview – Ilkay Gundogan