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FootBlog- Manchester City vs Borrusia Dortmund by JP Ward

Yesterday, Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund faced off in the first leg of the Champions League Quarterfinal. Ahead of the game, it seemed to be a good matchup as both clubs have done well in there respective leagues in recent years. Manchester City have had a great season and are first in the Premier League (ahead by 13 points), while Dortmund sit fifth in the German league. Manchester City have an all round good squad with the likes of Belgian superstar Kevin De Bruyne and the world class manager Pep Guardiola. Dortmund’s team is pretty decent throughout but their main star is Erling Haaland who at the moment seems to be one of the best players in the world. City were the favorites before the game started but many pundits had doubts as they always seem to make it this far and give up.

As the game kicked off it seemed to be what was expected before kick-off, City dominated possession while the black-and-yellows got most of their offensive possession on counter attacks. As the game progressed it seemed City were not far away from scoring and they did just that in the 19th minute when Riyad Mahrez snuck a sneaky ball from the goal line to Kevin De Bruyne who put it into the back of the net. But then a few minutes after, City goalkeeper Ederson gave away the ball in the box to an eager Jude Bellingham who put it into the back of the net. But it was a case of saved by the whistle for the sky blues as the referee had blown for a high boot seconds before. On further inspection this seemed to be a mistake but no action could be taken as it had been ruled a dead ball. After this scare, City ran the motions and dominated possession again through half time. With this result they would go into the next match not giving away an away goal and leading 1-0. Coming back out for the second half Dortmund seemed to recognize that and were much more vibrant and comfortable on the ball. While their possession dwindled they seemed to have a new spark and that was just what they needed. Then the mostly kept quiet Erling Haaland struck and delivered a great pass to veteran Marco Reus who supplied an ever needed crucial away goal. This strike gave City a chip on their shoulder and as soon as they could get the ball in play they were attacking. While Dortmund seemed to be stunned by this new wave of attack Man City were unable to put the ball in the net and it seemed as though an invisible force-field had been put in the back of the Dortmund net. Youngster Phil Foden missed multiple clear opportunities and it seemed City might be going into the second match without the advantage. But then with time expiring Phil Foden got his last chance and he was able to finally get his well deserved goal at the most important moment. There was no response or time for a response after this and the game ended 2-1 with City at the helm. The blues will hope to hold their advantage in the next game and grab a few away goals, but for Dortmund they will be looking ahead to next weeks end to the tie as it is likely that Erling Haaland will not be kept as quiet as he was in this game. 


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