Borussia Dortmund lost the second group game of this Champions League season after beating FC Copenhagen. At Manchester City it was a 1:2 (0:0) defeat for BVB.
Jude Bellingham gave BVB the lead with a header (56′). John Stones equalized for City in the 80th minute, shortly afterwards former Dortmund striker Erling Haaland turned the game in favor of the English (84th).
After the final training session on Tuesday, Nico Schlotterbeck complained of back pain and initially only sat on the bench.
Manchester City – BVB: The analysis
Very disciplined first half from BVB, who stuck to the usual back four, but had one more man in the center than usual in Can to hold off chains. Can’s role was interesting: The 28-year-old was in possession of the deepest BVB midfielder and pushed himself between the central defenders, against the ball he pressed Rodri and pushed very high early on.
City were thus forced to throw some diagonal balls down the wings. There, Borussia then tried to create a majority, which worked well and slowed down the opponent’s force well. At Manchester, Grealish and Mahrez were sticking more and more to the outside line in an attempt to pull the BVB defense apart – but they acted very attentively. In the middle of the half, the Westphalians, who had 35 percent possession of the ball after 45 minutes, were a little too deep. Also because you sometimes looked for depth too early when in possession of the ball and therefore had too few relief phases.
That changed in the second half, because Reus missed a big chance (52nd) after the first well-played BVB counterattack – and shortly afterwards the guests were in front. Pep Guardiola reacted immediately with a change of three and positioned his team even more broadly in the last third. As a result, City’s attacking game became more structured and, above all, more goal-oriented, but the Westphalians initially continued to defend seriously and closed.
Dortmund coach Edin Terzic wanted to further strengthen the defense by bringing in Schlotterbeck and switched to 5-4-1, but shortly afterwards City equalized thanks to a shot from distance. BVB was increasingly exhausted and had long ceased to work so intensively. Ex-BVB striker Haaland used this a little later to win the city, which was somewhat flattering in the end.
For City coach Guardiola it was the 150th Champions League game. He is the fifth coach to reach this milestone. He has won 95 of his 150 games.
Dortmund’s Giovanni Reyna was back in BVB’s starting XI for the first time since April.
City has now not lost the last 21 CL home games (19 wins, two draws). This equaled the English record previously held by Chelsea FC (21 games between September 2006 and December 2009).
City have won their last nine CL home games against German teams with a total of 32:10 goals. The last German team to win at Etihad Stadium was Bayern Munich in October 2013 (3-1) – under Guardiola.
Dortmund have not won a Champions League away game in England since a 2-1 draw at Arsenal in October 2013. In five attempts it rained five defeats.
Erling Haaland has now scored 26 goals in 21 CL appearances. He is now the second player after Ciro Immobile to score both for and against BVB in the premier class.
The star of the game: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City)
Always well involved in the game, almost always with good free movement. Was often the target of relocations and was then able to show its quality. Also strong in the center. Sometimes unlucky, but strong template to 2: 1.
The flop of the game: Thomas Meunier (BVB)
Defensively decent, but too timid up front when Dortmund had to switch situations and didn’t occupy the right flank. May have been a requirement, but offensive with many wrong decisions.
The referee: Daniele Orsato (Italy)
Solid performance of the impartial. One or two minor errors in the evaluation of duels clouded the picture slightly.