Man City vs. Borussia Dortmund result, highlights & analysis as Stones and Haaland late show spares Guardiola’s men
ETIHAD STADIUM, MANCHESTER — Erling Haaland had the final word as Manchester City launched a stunning late fightback to lead his former club Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League.
Jude Bellingham headed Borussia Dortmund into a second-half lead after a listless first half in Group G at the Etihad Stadium, during which City did not muster a shot on target.
The England midfielder nodded Marco Reus’ shot beyond Ederson, prompting Pep Guardiola to send on Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Julian Alvarez for Riyad Mahrez, Ilkay Gundogan and Jack Grealish.
That whirlwind of movement worked, albeit the City manager couldn’t have ever speculated the wellspring of the balancer, as John Stones whipped home from 25 yards. Haaland’s aerobatic finish on the finish of Joao Cancelo’s cross was significantly more in the content, moving the star striker on to 13 objectives in eight appearances this season and an amazing 26 out of 21 Bosses Association matches.
Man City vs. Borussia Dortmund final score
BVB — Jude Bellingham (Marco Reus) — 56th min.
MCI — John Stones (Kevin De Bruyne) — 80th min.
MCI — Erling Haaland (Joao Cancelo) — 84th min.
The high-octane finish was entirely out of keeping with what preceded it, with City repeatedly coming up short of answers against a Dortmund defence expertly marshalled by Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule.
Edin Terzic’s men had likewise shown the ability to compromise when they wandered forward and, after Manuel Akanji could somewhat clear a 56th-minute corner, Bellingham delivered a fine piece of advantage to gesture Reus’ shot past Ederson.
Haaland had been forced to feed off scraps against his former team-mates but Kevin De Bruyne chipped a pass in behind the Dortmund backline in the 69th minute for him to crash a bouncing ball into the side netting.
There was exclusive requirement inside the Etihad Arena at that point, albeit the equivalent couldn’t be said when Stones moved back his right boot and bubbled a hair-raising hit past Alexander Meyer with 10 minutes remaining.
Dortmund’s heads had not cleared and Cancelo was allowed far too much time to send a trademark outside-of-the-foot cross towards the star striker, whose sense of theatre did not desert him as he made it back-to-back wins for City at the start of their group campaign.
Erling Haaland’s world and we’re all just living in it
And so, the show rolls on. It felt like it wouldn’t be his night. It perhaps should have belonged to Bellingham, who is set to be the next multi-million euro Dortmund export and looked every inch a superstar of the decade to come.Yet, Haaland right now is a hero footballer who doesn’t bargain in half-measures. His consciously muffled festival having brought down his previous businesses felt like the main downplayed thing he has done since showing up in Manchester.
The Norway striker was expected to add a new dimension to City but, specifically, his goals are bailing the team out when they don’t play well and earning results they might not merit. That marks a significant gear change from almost two years of Guardiola pursuing perfection through false nines.The Head Association support essentially didn’t used to shoot themselves out of circumstances like this, albeit after Haaland’s objectives provoked Chief Association rebounds against Newcastle and Precious stone Castle last month, the subject of why his side continue to wind up in such predicaments in any case will be disturbing Guardiola.
Schlotterbeck made to eat Haaland words
It certainly felt like a bold pre-match strategy. Dortmund defender Nico Schlotterbeck told Sport1: “I know how to stop Erling Haaland. We have to stop them as a whole, Erling is the least of our problems.”
It appeared Terdic didn’t altogether concur as he sidelined Schlotterbeck after the 3-0 end of the week rout to RB Leipzig. Be that as it may, maybe he’d passed his tips on. Sule and Hummels were imperious for long spells. It was all going somewhat well, with Dortmund 1-0 to the upside.
Then Terdic decided to send on Schlotterbeck as an extra centre-back. In many respects, Haaland remained the least of Dortmund’s problems when Stones decided to channel his inner Roberto Carlos, but the man with the plan could only look on in anguish when the City striker contorted himself improbably to net the winner.
Mahrez and Grealish rue missed opportunity
Three times in the first half, Grealish cut inside and telegraphed a right-footed shot that was blocked behind. City then failed to threaten from any of the resulting corners.It seemed like what could be compared to the Simpsons episode where Homer continues to nut a nature save superintendent in the ribs. “Quit doing that, Mr Grealish.”
Guardiola criticised his team for “having a lot of problems to get our rhythm… we were so passive in our transitions, our movements to be aggressive.” A big reason for this was Grealish and Mahrez cutting inside, slowing attacks down and making the hosts far too predictable. The increase in dynamism once Foden, Silva and Alvarez came on was abundant.
It would be exciting to see all three start with Haaland and Kevin De Bruyne, even though such a line-up would lack the control Guardiola craves above all else. Even so, right now in this revamped Haaland-based Manchester City, Mahrez and Grealish are being left behind. In a team with renewed and varied attacking threats, the pair have not provided a goal or an assist between them so far this season.
Man City vs. Borussia Dortmund live updates, highlights from the Champions League
Fulltime: There was a bit of a tussle over in the corner between Can and Foden after the City man put in meaty tackle to help get his team over the line. Referee Orsato blows the whistle and is immediately accosted by Guardiola, who is booked before continuing a lengthy debrief. One way or another, his group have won here, when they likely didn’t have the right to, with Haaland the inescapable legend. City didn’t dominate matches without justifying it, so that is a convenient string to their bow this season. On the other hand, the reality they’re meriting not to dominate many matches may be reason to worry.
90th minute+3: Malen almost ruins Stones’ hero act by cutting inside the England defender. The Dutch youngster shoots agonisingly wide of the far post.
90th minute+1: You know all that stick Foden has had recently for not squaring balls to Haaland. Well, he tried to then when he should have shot. City’s number nine now departs to a standing ovation and Kalvin Phillips comes on for operation shut up shop.
89th minute: A chance for Alvarez to make the points safe but Meyer, who has kept with impressive authority all night, saves with is boot.
88th moment: After a stifled night here, the two arrangements of fans are currently thundering their groups towards the end goal. The Haaland wizardry was generally on the cards. Stones’ objective remaining parts hard to process. Adeyemi and Moukoko are on for Dortmund to attempt to grab an adjuster that they would particularly merit on the equilibrium of play.
84th minute: GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Haaland!!!!
Dortmund stand off Cancelo, who doesn’t need a second invitation to cross with the outside of his foot. And, with a kung-fu finish, The Narrative gobbles it up at the back post. Celebrations are muted from Haaland but absolutely no one else.
80th minute: GOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Stones!!!!
Oh my good grief, Stones has taken this playing at right-back thing way too far, turned into Carlos Alberto and yahoo’d one into from upwards of 25 yards.
78th moment: Schlotterbeck, who we should surrender has plainly give some incredible Haaland tips, is on to support the Dortmund safeguard. Malen is on for Modeste
77th minute: City probe and poke and win a corner. But this Hummels-marshalled defence continues to repel everything.
72nd minute: Sule and Hummels really have been fantastic. The latter makes a tremendous block this time as Foden arrows a dangerous cross in Haaland’s direction.
71st minute: Can flies into challenge on De Bruyne and takes the opportunity for a well-earned sit down. We’re back underway and Dortmund are less than 20 minutes away from a very impressive win.
69th minute: Sule makes an outstanding lunging interception as De Bruyne aims a Beckham-style cross towards Haaland. It feels pretty obvious where the danger will come from for Dortmund from this point.
68th moment: Cancelo spills splendidly beyond two or three difficulties. He invades it in the container and chooses to fall over. Official Daniele Orsato is disinterested.
66th minute: A Haaland chance! He can’t take it. De Bruyne, now stationed on the right of midfield, chips one into the channel. He gets there first and fires a bouncing ball into the side netting right footed.
64th minute: Bit of huffing and puffing from City since the goal, including the scampering Alvarez fouling Hummels when he couldn’t move the veteran. But nothing doing as yet and you’d fancy more chances to open up for Dortmund on the break.
56th minute: GOOOAAALLL!!!! Bellingham!!!!
Well over those recent minutes, it had been coming! The corner is half cleared, Reus pounds a bobbing ball back towards objective and the Britain midfielder looks a deft header past Ederson. Guardiola had previously motioned toward Foden and Bernardo to prepare to come on, Alvarez is on his way as well. Off come Mahrez, Gundogan and Grealish.
55th minute: Dortmund find space down the City left twice in quick succession. Meunier’s first cross is wasteful but the second wins a corner.
53rd minute: City pile forward in response, Haaland has an ambitious shot blocked by Bellingham, who then comes away with the ball for Dortmund and Rodri earns a booking for bringing him down.
52nd minute: A chance! A Dortmund chance! Reus reminds Akanji of his worst days in training by impishly leaving him on the deck. He clips a finish just beyond the far post. That would have been a lovely goal.
That would have been a love51st minute: Ake gets up to win another header. He truly has been faultless. Which he’ll need to help individuals to remember tomorrow first thing when they’ve disregarded this game.
49th minute: De Bruyne gets down the Dortmund left to cross. Haaland is poised but Meyer dives to pouch the ball.
48th minute: De Bruyne is again being stationed very high up the field alongside Haaland. Tactical idiot speaking here, but surely if that’s the shape, it would make more sense for Guardiola to have the livewire Alvarez as part of the equation.
That would have been a love51st minute: Ake gets up to win another header. He truly has been faultless. Which he’ll need to help individuals to remember tomorrow first thing when they’ve disregarded this game.
Halftime: Well, of all the Champions League first halves I’ve ever seen, that one is by far the most recent. City had 64% of the ball and didn’t manage a shot on target. Dortmund managed one through Ozcan, which Ederson caught. Guardiola’s team have been pretty insipid and predictable, lacking in penetration with Foden and Silva resting up on the bench.You’d think we’ll see one of those or Alvarez pretty soon if this proceeds. Dortmund, after their 3-0 facilitating down at RB Leipzig over the course of the end of the week, have been protectively perfect and conveyed a danger on the break
45th minute: Hummels makes a superb block as Mahrez tries to threat a pass into the Dortmund area. It’s been a fine half from the veteran centre-back.
40th minute: Ozan gets up for a header in the City box. The ball breaks to Bellingham. It looks like he might have a shooting chance but Rodri nips in to dispossess.
39th minute: Dortmund work the ball smoothly through midfield. Here’s Bellingham on the left. He curls a ball across the edge of the City box that Cancelo intercepts nonchalantly with the outside of his boot.
37th minute: Grealish lofts a pass behind the Dortmund defence and De Bruyne scampers onto it. He crosses from the left flank but Haaland can’t bring it down.
35th minute: Haaland drops in and sends a lovely pass to Grealish. Not saying the game has become repetitive, but he cuts inside, has the shot blocked behind and City don’t do anything of note from the corner.
34th moment: The corner is cleared once more. Presently subsequently, Guerreiro heads a chipped left-footed cross from Grealish away. That was better only for changing the approach.
33rd minute: Oohh errr, Cancelo pulls a fresh-air clearance out of the bag. Reus and Dortmund advance down the right but it comes to nought. At the other end, a Grealish shot is blocked again and it’s a corner again.
31st minute: Dortmund corner on the left. Reyna swings it over everyone and out for a goal kick. It’s been that sort of night so far.
30th moment: Reyna darts across the City guard 35 yards from objective. Cancelo goes with him and, notwithstanding having a lot of colleagues around him, commits a really brainless foul. Akanji ascends to deal with the free-kick.
29th minute: Home fans trying to rouse their team as they pop passes about in front of Dortmund. It’s become pretty pedestrian.
25th minute: Ake expertly snuffs out a Dortmund attack, Meunier does likewise to dispossess Grealish moments later. It’s been an unexpectedly enjoyably night for defenders so far. Haaland gets a pass in his direction on the edge of the area but can’t bring it under his spell.
23rd minute: Meyer punches De Bruyne’s delivery clear. The Belgian gets it back and crosses towards Mahrez, who telegraphs an absurdly ambitious volley that never comes close to being a reality.
30th moment: Reyna darts across the City safeguard 35 yards from objective. Cancelo goes with him and, notwithstanding ha22nd minute: Dortmund work out of the City press excessively effectively for Guardiola’s preferring. He tosses his arms around in agony on the touchline. On the host’s next assault, De Bruyne wins a corner.
ving a lot of partners around him, commits a really brainless foul. Akanji ascends to deal with the free-kick.
20th minute: Gundogan misjudged a challenge on Reyna and the USA international player Meunier into room down the City left. His cross is towards Modeste who commits a bundling foul on Akanji.
17th minute: Grealish cuts inside – that’s already getting a touch predictable from both City wingers – and has a shot blocked. Gundogan wins a corner that De Bruyne floats tepidly to the edge of the box.
16th minute: Nice Dortmund response ends with Ozcan cutting in to fire a curling effort that Ederson does well to hold.
fifteenth moment: Gundogan wins the ball back in a perilous region as Dortmund half clear. He tracks down Mahrez who circles it towards Haaland in the six-yard box yet he can’t associate under weighty consideration from Hummels.
13th minute: Cancelo scoots around a couple of Dortmund challenges and into the box. He tries to work it back onto his right foot and, in doing so, the ball crosses the line for a goal kick.
12th minute: Dortmund just enjoyed a good, sustained spell of possession. Nothing came of it but it underlines what an assured start the visitors have made.
8th minute: Ake makes a sliding challenge on Reus but the Dortmund forward retains possession. His right-wing cross towards Modeste s headed away by Akanji.
6th minute: Good ball out to the right from Bellingham. Meunier tries to slide one in behind the City defence but Cancelo intervenes.
4th minute: Gundogan finds Mahrez with a sumptuous crossfield ball, playing him into the space behind Sule. The cross is wasteful and Mayer gathers again.
second moment: City quickly on the front foot, popping the ball around, hoping to work points with Rodri directing things. Cancelo points an in-swinging cross towards Haaland yet it goes securely into Mayer’s arms.
1 min from kickoff: The minute’s silence for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second has been observed and we’re ready to go.
5 mins from kickoff: Clad in their traditional yellow and black, banging drums, the travelling Dortmund fans away to my right are giving it big licks. They’re finally drowned out when Erling Haaland is the last City name to be read out over the tannoy. The teams will be with us shortly.
20 mins from the opening shot: Seems as though it will be Stones at right-back. Something that could provoke the curiosity of Reus and Reyna who are set to man the flanks for Dortmund. Jude Bellingham, who intrigued on his keep going excursion on this ground and scored against City at Signal Iduna Park, will expect to get the chance to make conclusive breaks forward from midfield.
30 mins from kickoff: The teams are out and going through their warmups. There’s an element of intrigue as we await City’s defenders doing any specific back four work. The UEFA team sheet and City’s Twitter have John Stones starting at right-back. That feels like a needless complication when Joao Cancelo and Nathan Ake could each play on their natural sides in a more balanced back four.
50 mins from kickoff: Pep Guardiola is out doing his pre-match broadcast interviews at the side of the pitch. In tonight’s programme, he says: “Our target is to reach the last 16. If we can make it to the knockout stages again, I will be very proud of these players and this club.”
Reckon you might be selling you and your boys a little short there, Pep.
1hr 10 mins from the opening shot: And this is the Dortmund group. Gio Reyna begins subsequent to dazzling against Copenhagen last week. Strangely, Mats Hummels will accomplice Niklas Sule at focus back, with Nico Schlotterbeck on the seat. It’s fascinating according to the perspective that Schlotterbeck told Sport1 that “I know how to stop Haaland”. Clearly, Edin Terzic doesn’t altogether concur.
1hr 15 mins from kickoff: The City lineup is in and Akanji starts against his former club, As does Haaland, obviously, who will be flanked by Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish in attack. Mahrez scored a clutch penalty in the side’s 2021 meeting at Signal Iduna Park but is yet to find his feet in a reconfigured City forward line this season. Phil Foden, who scored in both legs against Dortmund a year-and-a-half ago, is on the bench alongside Bernardo Silva and Ruben Dias.
1hr 20 mins from kickoff: Dortmund obviously know more about Haaland than most, but checking the prolific form of a player with 12 goals in seven outings for his new employers will be key if they are to leave Manchester with a positive result. “How do you stop him? Good question,” said Dortmund captain and Haaland’s former strike partner Marco Reus in an interview with The Guardian. “It’s not easy to stop him. One of the keys is not to be too late with your decisions, to be good at anticipating what is going to happen. You have to stay close to him to be able to stop him as much as possible for 90 minutes. Then you just have to hope he doesn’t have his best day.”
City could likewise need to trust Reus doesn’t have his greatest day. He has scored on both of his past visits to this ground – in 2012 when Jurgen Klopp’s Dortmund stunned in a 1-1 gathering stage draw and in 2021 on the finish of a Haaland aid a 2-1 quarter-last first leg rout.
1hr 40 mins from kickoff: We have Friends Reunited instalment of Champions League action at the Etihad Stadium tonight. Of course, Erling Haaland was the headline signing of the summer, joining City from Dortmund after his £51.2million release clause was activated, but the links between the two clubs do not stop there. Manuel Akanji, who made his City debut in last week’s 4-0 stroll against Sevilla, signed from Dortmund two weeks ago and left-back Sergio Gomez also spent some time on the books at Signal Iduna Park.
City’s club chief these days is Ilkay Gundogan – Enthusiasm Guardiola’s most memorable marking at the club back in 2016 from, you got it, Borussia Dortmund. The ability trade can cut the two different ways. Jadon Sancho bloomed at BVB in the wake of leaving City as a young player, while harmed teen Jamie Bynoe-Gittens could have confronted the club he left to look for another test in the Bundesliga were it not for an evil time frame shoulder injury.Thorgan Hazard missed Dortmund’s trip to RB Leipzig at the weekend after going off injured before halftime against Copenhagen. Marius Wolf came in as the only alteration to the midweek XI at the Red Bull Arena, but BVB were walloped 3-0.
2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ coverage of the Champions League Group G clash between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund.
Man City vs. Borussia Dortmund lineups
Thorgan Risk missed Dortmund’s outing to RB Leipzig at the end of the week subsequent to going off harmed before halftime against Copenhagen. Marius Wolf came in as the main change to the midweek XI at the Red Bull Field, yet BVB were pummeled 3-0.
Jack Grealish and Riyad Mahrez join City’s top scorer in attack.
Man City lineup (4-3-3): Ederson (GK) — Stones, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo — De Bruyne, Rodri, Gundogan — Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.
Giovanni Reyna was Danger’s substitution against Copenhagen and contributed with two helps so could get approval in Manchester. Donyell Malen and Karim Adeyemi will expect to support Terzic’s going after choices in the event that they can demonstrate their wellness.