Man City vs Borussia Dortmund result highlights & analysis as Stones and Haaland late show spares Guardiolas men
Incredible strikes from John Stones and Erling Haaland saw City come from behind to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 in the UEFA Champions League.
Jude Bellingham’s close-range header early in the second half looked like it might be the difference in a generally disappointing night for Pep Guardiola’s men.
But Stones’ unstoppable drive to play ten, followed by an extraordinary acrobatic finish from Holland, turned the game in the space of four second-half minutes.
It means City have now equaled the record for the longest unbeaten run by an English side in the Champions League, our 21st match unbeaten to put us three points clear at the top of Group G. Is. Attacking football initially canceled each other out under the lights of the Etihad Stadium.
A first-half chance fell to a familiar face after 15 minutes, but Holland couldn’t connect with Riyad Mahrez’s inviting ball at the far post after Niklas Sulay’s timely header on the Dortmund line.
It was soon the visitors’ turn to go close with Salih Özcan’s curling effort from the edge of the City area coming even closer to breaking the deadlock than Ederson’s usually impressive save suggested.
By our usual standards, it was a slow start from Pep Guardiola’s men, with Holland unable to get to his feet in time to pull the trigger after Kevin De Bruyne’s volley broke away from Sule’s attention. Later in our only other look at the goal. First half. For all of City’s possession, we were unable to register a shot on target before the break, with Dortmund also looking lively on the counter.
And Eden Terezic’s men almost broke the deadlock five minutes after the restart through Marco Reus.
The German international did well to evade Akanji’s attentions on the left after curling in Bellingham’s pass, but his effort back through the goal fell inches wide of the far post.
But our opponents were not to be denied a second time as Reus and Bellingham combined again before the hour mark, the former’s volley towards goal after the England midfielder nodded home from close range.
In need of motivation, Guardiola soon turned to the bench, starting with Julian Alvarez, Phil Foden and Bernardo Silva. But it was Holland who came closest to breaking Dortmund’s stubbornness, with the striker firing home from a tight angle. Released by De Bruyne.
An impressive last-gasp Dutch challenge from Mats Hummels denied the Norwegian a tap-in from behind from Foden’s ball as the clock ticked down to the 70-minute mark, with City continuing to press forward in search of an equaliser.
And it soon arrived in spectacular fashion, but from an unexpected source.
Picking up play from De Bruyne on the edge of the Dortmund box, Stones unleashed a vicious effort on goal that went into the top corner, with Alexander Meyer falling on the spot.
With Guardiola’s men finally getting themselves on the scoresheet, a second seemed inevitable, and it came as Holland proved once again that he is one of the most highly rated center forwards in world football. Why are you one of Meet Joao Cancelo’s Travela cross with an incredible acrobatic finish.
Despite the quality of the finish, the striker’s celebrations were muted out of respect for the side he scored 86 times in just 88 appearances for before joining City this summer.
We were well and truly back to our best, and a third almost through Alvarez as the stoppage approached.
However, we were forced to settle for two with the Argentine’s volley saved by Meyer’s feet.
150 not out
Until our dramatic late substitution, it looked as if Pep Guardiola’s 150th Champions League match would end in defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
However, Boss’s inspired second-half substitution showed once again why he is one of football’s best tactics.
A triple substitution of Alvarez, Foden and Bernardo injected a new lease of life into City, with the game threatening to run away from us after a sustained spell of Dortmund pressure.
While the Catalan is always keen to credit his players for their role in our recent success, his managerial commitment was crucial in securing Guardiola’s 95th Champions League triumph.
The turning point
Stones’ equalizer was only the 13th time he has netted for City in 201 appearances, but while it was undoubtedly the most spectacular of his goals in sky blue, it was perhaps his most influential. I was one of them.
The centre-half was deployed on the right in the absence of Kyle Walker, and marked the best possible return from his minor injury.
Guardiola’s men were left frustrated by Dortmund in a clash between two of Europe’s heavyweights until the defender delivered the knockout blow.
A memorable return to action for the England international. Victory for City means we stay in. Our 100% record in the Champions League after two matches.
We top Group G, three ahead of second-placed Dortmund with six points from two matches.
At the age of 22 years and 55 days, Holland is the youngest player in Champions League history to have scored in the competition (Boscored for and against the same team in Russia (Dortmund), overtaking Alvaro Morata at/against Real Madrid (22y 194d).
The Norwegian has scored 26 goals in 21 Champions League matches, scoring an average of every 62 minutes.
City hold the record for the longest unbeaten home run by an English team in UEFA Champions League history. Our 21st match at the Etihad Stadium matches Chelsea’s unbeaten run between September 2006 and December 2009.
Only Carlo Ancelotti (99/179) and Sir Alex Ferguson (102/190) have won more UEFA Champions League matches than Pep Guardiola (95/150).
City XI: Ederson, Stones, Akanji, Ake, Cancelo, Rodrigo, Gundogan (C) (Bernardo 58′), De Bruyne, Grealish (Foden 58′), Holland (Phillips 90′), Mahrez (Alvarez 58′).
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Dias, Gomez, Palmer, Lewis, Wilson Esbrand
Dortmund XI: Meyer, Meunier, Sole, Hummels, Guerrero, Ozkan (Ademi 88′), Kane, Bellingham, Reus (Mokoko 88′), Modesti (Sloterback 78′), Reina (Milan 62′).
Subs: Brandt, Coulibaly, Hazard, Passlack, Rothe, Unbehaun, WolfCity are back in Premier League action for Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off.
Pep Guardiola’s men lock horns with Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux, kick-off scheduled for 12:30 (UK).
This represents our last match before the September international break, with Wolves next up for us in the first Manchester derby of the new campaign.
Holland’s stunning goal earned City a 2-1 win over Dortmund
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The cross reached Erling Holland at shoulder height, about a meter in front of the Manchester City striker.
No problem for this pedigree talent.
Delivering a stunning acrobatic volley from the outside of his left foot, Holland scored late for City in Wednesday’s 2-1 Champions League win over Borussia Dortmund – the German club he left in the off-season. Return completed.
Dortmund kept their former star at bay for almost the entire game, with City unusually in possession and increasingly frustrated at the Etihad Stadium.
Indeed, Pep Guardiola’s side hadn’t even had a shot on target before John Stones – a centre-back playing out of position on the right – popped up just outside the area and, egged on by the home crowd. , hit a curling shot into the net from outside the area in the 80th minute.
Four minutes later Holland’s winner was even better. Joao Cancelo sent in a cross with the outside of his right foot from the left and Haaland showed amazing agility to leap high and send the ball into the net with his left foot.
Guardiola said it reminded him of Johan Cruyff’s famous goal for Barcelona against Atletico Madrid in 1973-74.
Holland impressed himself too, with a goal that took his tally in the Champions League to 26 in 21 games.
Asked if he thought Dortmund defended well against him, Haaland said: “They didn’t stop me. I scored.”
The Norwegian striker has now scored 13 goals in six consecutive games in all competitions for City and a total of eight.
Manchester City’s Erling Holland, right, scores his team’s second goal during the Group G Champions League soccer match between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2022.
It was his quietest game in a City shirt. Still he scored.
“It shows his quality,” said Dortmund midfielder Jude Bellingham, who is ranked 56th in the German team. “He’s not always in the game, but you give him half a sniff and it ends up being a goal.”
City have opened Group G with two straight wins in their latest bid for a first Champions League title, and now have a double-header against FC Copenhagen. Two wins against the Danish champions and City can make the last 16 with two games to spare.
However, Guardiola was not happy with his team’s performance against Dortmund.
“We played in the wrong gear today,” he said. “No aggression. Incredibly passive.”
After a forgettable first half that saw Dortmund successfully blow City away, Bellingham darted between Manuel Akanji and Haaland – his teammates last season – to give the visitors the lead and Marco Reus from the left. Looked at the cross.
City were transformed after the introduction of Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez in a triple substitution.
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