Borussia Dortmund has qualified for the round of 16 of the Champions League! BVB drew 0-0 at home against Manchester City on Matchday 5 of the group stage and cannot be relegated to second place in Group G by FC Sevilla because the Westphalians won the direct comparison with the Spaniards.
- BVB keeper Gregor Kobel saved a penalty kick from Riyad Mahrez (58) for which Emre Can was responsible.
- Ex-Bielefeld Stefan Ortega was between the posts for the first time in a competitive game for ManCity. It was also his debut in the Champions League.
- Erling Haaland’s return to Dortmund was unspectacular. After 13 ball contacts, the Norwegian stayed in the dressing room at the break.
- Dortmund have only lost two of their last 15 CL home games (eight wins, five draws).
After the game, Mats Hummels responded to the criticism he had recently expressed. Here is the detailed report.
- Here you can read the game in the live ticker.
BVB – Manchester City: The analysis
Very disciplined first half of BVB, even if the percentage of ball possession sometimes fell below the 30 percent mark. However, Dortmund was good in the tackles, defending compactly between the lines and closing the centre. The hosts also acted very alert and clear in the passing game when in possession.
Borussia should have capitalized on this. The switch game to the offensive, mostly carried out behind the left-back Cancelo, who had moved up a lot, went very well up to around the penalty area. BVB came up with four promising situations, but did not play them cleanly and with the last consequence.
City, who built up with a three-man chain and have not had a shot on goal to date, made two changes at the break. The English increased dominance and determination around the Dortmund penalty area and, after the first well-played combination, scored a penalty, which Mahrez didn’t score in the goal (58′).
Dortmund found it increasingly difficult to get into the duels. The distances between the chains and the opponent became larger, the defensive behavior also more passive due to the strength. Manchester pushed BVB further and further back, the home side could hardly find any relief.
BVB – Manchester City: The voices
Edin Terzic (Borussia Dortmund coach): “We defended it consistently and cleanly until the end. We didn’t allow very many chances to score, but luckily Gregor Kobel was there to take the penalty. Mats Hummels was outstanding. It was a very solid team performance. That applies to all five games in the Champions League, so we deserve to be in the knockout stage.”
Pep Guardiola (Manchester City team manager): “I admire anyone who accepts the pressure to take a penalty. We missed some important passes, but overall we’re happy to be in the last 16 as group winners. We were pretty exhausted today so it was good for us . Erling Haaland took a hit, but he just went back to normal. We’ll see how it goes.”
BVB – Manchester City: The line-ups
Dortmund: Kobel – Süle, Hummels, Schlotterbeck, Hazard (82nd Wolf) – Can, Bellingham – Reyna (87th Papadopoulos), Brandt, Adeyemi (73rd Malen) – Moukoko (82nd Modeste).
Manchester: Ortega – Stones, Ruben Dias, Aké, Joao Cancelo (46th Akanji) – Rodrigo, Gundogan – Mahrez (88th Palmer), Foden (81st Grealish) – Alvarez, Haaland (46th Silva).
BVB – Manchester City: The data of the game
Particular incident: Kobel saves a penalty kick from Mahrez (58.)
The star of the game: Mats Hummels (BVB)
By far the best in Dortmund. In this form it is actually a must to take him to the World Cup. Hummels was incredibly present and consistent in direct duels and anticipation. Came to strong six clearing actions.
The flop of the match: Erling Haaland (Manchester City)
Measured by its huge quality, an enormously manageable performance by the former BVB striker. Haaland had 13 ball contacts, lost the ball four times and saw no land against Dortmund’s central defense. Coach Guardiola took him down at the break.
The referee: Davide Massa (Italy)
Drew his clear line throughout the game and did a good job. The penalty whistle for City was undisputed.
BVB: The table of the Champions League Group G