Man Metropolis win, however their UCL dream is once more at risk of coming to an finish on the quarterfinal stage

Man Metropolis win, however their UCL dream is once more at risk of coming to an finish on the quarterfinal stage

Manchester Metropolis live dangerously within the Champions League as soon as once more. Phil Foden’s 90th-minute winner might have earned them a 2-1 quarterfinal first-leg victory over Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday, however Pep Guardiola’s team have left themselves susceptible to one more early exit from the competitors they’re so determined to win.

That is Guardiola’s fifth try at delivering Champions League glory for Metropolis, and the previous Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach has nonetheless to take the membership past the final eight.

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Foden’s objective, which got here six minutes after Marco Reus had levelled for Dortmund following Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half opener, ensures that Metropolis will journey to Germany for subsequent week’s second leg with a slim lead. Remarkably, Foden’s strike secured Metropolis’s first Champions League quarterfinal first-leg win in 4 tries below Guardiola

However having been eradicated by Monaco (spherical of 16), Liverpool, Tottenham, and Lyon since Guardiola took cost in 2016, Metropolis will face Dortmund subsequent Wednesday realizing that they’ve left the door open for the Bundesliga aspect to inflict extra quarterfinal distress on them.

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“It’s higher to win than draw,” Guardiola stated. “Two-one, Champions League, we’re going there (Dortmund) to win the sport.”

This was an evening when historical past confirmed indicators of repeating itself for Metropolis. Not for the primary time in a recreation of this magnitude, Guardiola began with a shock XI, having left Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus on the substitutes’ bench. It was solely Foden’s objective that spared Guardiola higher scrutiny for his selection.

However whereas Metropolis finally scraped the win, it’s powerful to argue that they deserved the victory.

A poor efficiency by referee Ovidiu Hategan was capped by the Romanian official’s determination to disallow a objective by Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham on 37 minutes for a foul on Metropolis keeper Ederson.

Even in actual time, it appeared a harsh determination, however replays confirmed {the teenager} to have received the ball cleanly earlier than scoring into an empty web. But the objective was dominated out and VAR (video assistant referee) was not allowed to appropriate Hategan’s mistake, given the occasion occurred outdoors the field.

Man Metropolis take a slight edge to Dortmund, however they’ll rely themselves fortunate after what was a slightly unconvincing efficiency. Photograph by Michael Regan/Getty Photographs

“Apparently my studs had been up and so they thought it was a foul,” Bellingham stated after the sport.

That call gave Metropolis a fortunate escape, but it surely additionally highlighted the hazard posed by Dortmund and Bellingham, particularly. The 17-year-old, who has develop into an England worldwide since transferring to Germany from Birmingham Metropolis final summer season, was excellent for Edin Terzic’s team, producing a mature and managed show in midfield.

Bellingham’s move to Erling Haaland, which the Norwegian then deftly moved on to Reus, led to Dortmund’s late equaliser and confirmed the menace that Dortmund will carry within the dwelling leg subsequent week. It was a objective that showcased Bellingham’s expertise and Haaland’s consciousness, in addition to Reus’ enduring high quality.

Haaland, linked with a summer season transfer to Metropolis, was quiet on his first go to to the Etihad, however the move to Reus was an instance of his skill, as was his one effort on objective when he outpaced and outmuscled Ruben Dias earlier than testing Ederson with a low-driven shot.

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However whereas Dortmund rose to the event, belying their latest struggles in Germany which have seen them slip to fifth within the Bundesliga desk, Metropolis laboured to their victory. Maybe they allowed complacency to set in after being put in as overwhelming favourites to win the tie and arrange a semifinal in opposition to both Paris Saint-Germain or reigning European champions Bayern Munich.

Metropolis had been sluggish, missing incisiveness, and unusually careless on the again. De Bruyne was a uncommon optimistic for Guardiola’s team, who had been outrun and outplayed at instances by Dortmund.

However whereas they finally received the sport, the 2-1 scoreline unquestionably makes life troublesome for Guardiola’s team subsequent week in Dortmund. A 1-Zero win for the house aspect can be sufficient to take them by way of to the semis, and with Haaland unlikely to be as quiet within the second leg, Metropolis can be strolling a tightrope at Sign Iduna Park. And the ghosts of final season’s sudden defeat to Lyon will hang-out Metropolis forward of a recreation they’ll, as soon as once more, be anticipated to win.

On kind and on paper, Metropolis ought to undergo subsequent week. However it’s a Champions League quarterfinal, so something is feasible, as Metropolis have harshly discovered in recent times.

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