The duel between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund rose to the occasion and with a high level of play the English team was left with a 2-1 victory in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals. The first 15 minutes were of analysis between both teams. The local, far from despairing, opted for its usual tenure script, although with less verticality than usual, more attentive to a possible error by the adversary than to an action of individual imbalance. And this plan worked perfectly.
At 18 minutes Emre Can made a wrong start and gave the ball to Kevin de Bruyne, who commanded a perfect counterattack against a completely open Borussia Dortmund. Phil Foden reached the bottom from the left, launched a cross-footer for Riyad Mahrez and Riyad Mahrez, after dominating uncomfortably, released back for the Belgian to define everything with a powerful right in the area.
The rest of the first half lacked scoring situations, as the German team could not hit any of their counterattacks, but defense was very effective and didn't allow City to generate danger. The only controversy was when the Romanian referee Ovidio Hategan took an alleged penalty from Emre Can, but after reviewing the action in the VAR he saw that there was no infraction and backed down on his decision. Thus, the initial stage ended 1 to 0.
In the complement, Manchester City was turned off. Borussia Bortmund stole the ball at times, generated some situations and exposed all shortcomings. The eternal tenure ended up being predictable and Guardiola sent Gabriel Jesús to the court to look for something else in attack, although he did not serve him too much.
Without an explosion, the local drowned in his own game and barely approached the opposing goal in some isolated counterattack. All this was taken advantage of by the German team that, with five remaining to go, shouted 1 to 1. Bellingham gathered men from the left and looked for Haaland, who with his back to the goal (a key function that the English team never used due to lack of from a center forward) first filtered a perfect pass for Marco Reus to receive in front of the goal and shake a cross shot to unleash the madness.
It seemed that equality was what the celestial painting needed to wake up and try to attack with many people. Because after receiving the goal, the locals came out with everything in search of the victory they got in the 89th minute, thanks to a center from right to left by Kevin De Bruyne for Gundogan's strike that dominated almost over the baseline and arrived to release back for Foden to finish off and stamp the final 2 to 1.
In this way, the key was left open for the rematch of April 14 since Borussia Dortmund knows that they will reach the semifinals winning just 1 to 0, while City with a draw will obtain the ticket.