Manchester City claim a late winner courtesy of Phil Foden
- Dortmund got a late equaliser from Marco Reus but the hosts kept pushing for a winner which came late on
- The Citizens will take a one-goal advantage to Germany for the second leg
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Phil Foden scored a dramatic late winner as Manchester City edged Borussia Dortmund in a thrilling Champions League quarterfinal encounter.
Dortmund thought they had rescued a draw in the game when Marco Reus made it 1-1 with seven minutes to play but Guardiola’s men showed great character to record a late win.
In a game that had some controversy, both sides showed some intent but it was the hosts who drew first blood in the 19th minute in a typical fashion.
A mistake from the Dortmund midfield enabled City to go forward through Kevin De Bruyne who initiated a superb attack which ended with him finding the net.
After some nice interplay, Rihad Mahrez kept the ball in play to square it back to the Belgian who tapped home the opener.
There was a moment of controversy in the first half when the referee gave Manchester City a penalty after Dortmund’s Emre Can was adjudged to have caught Rodri inside the box.
Upon review on the monitor, however, the ref overturned the decision but Can retained his yellow card.
Late in the first half, there was another moment of controversy after Ederson rushed off his line to meet a ball but his poor first touch allowed youngster Jude Bellingham in for the teenager to score only for the goal to be disallowed.
The ref deemed Bellingham to have fouled Ederson in the build up and the youngster was booked.
It was end-to-end stuff in the second half, with both sides taking advantage of some sloppy moments in the back to draw saves from both Ederson and Marwin Hitz.
City’s work rate seemed to be leading them to a deserved clean sheet but Dortmund went forward in the 83rd minute and deservedly drew level courtesy of Marco Reus who tucked the ball home after some brilliant link-up play from Bellingham and Erling Haaland.
The action was far from over as City, thanks to the brilliant vision from De Bruyne, found a late winner as Phil Foden was handed a tap-in by Gundogan who did well to control a sublime pass from the Belgian.
In the end, it was City who carried the day as Guardiola’s side won the first leg of a quarter final in the Champions League for the first time.