Mahrez and Foden strikes take City through to the Final Four
2020-21 UEFA Champions League quarter finals second leg – Wednesday, April 14, 2021
Borussia Dortmund 1 Manchester City 2 – Manchester City win 4-2 on aggregate
Manchester City made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League for only the second time as they beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Signal Iduna Park on Wednesday night.
Dortmund midfielder Mahmoud Dahoud was presented with the first real opportunity when he struck powerfully from the edge of the box, but his shot went straight to Ederson.
City were then made to pay for some sloppy defensive work when Bellingham seized on a loose ball, controlled it and let loose a powerful shot that brushed Ederson’s fingers before crashing in to the far corner of the net as Dortmund levelled the tie and edged ahead on away goals.
Gurardiola’s men got the break they wanted when on ten minutes into the second period, Emre Can headed the ball onto his arm inside his own box and a penalty awarded. Riyad Mahrez made no mistake as he converted from the spot to help City nose ahead 3-2 on aggregate.
Dortmund tried hitting on the breaks as Mats Hummels headed narrowly over from a Marco Reus free kick, but the home side were stretched by City who by then seemed totally in control.
De Bruyne was seen going on a solo run from his own half but was denied a spectacular goal by a diving Marwin Hitz before Phil Foden put the game beyond Dortmund’s reach. The 20-year-old English forward took a ball from a short corner at the edge of the area and executed a superb shot that rebounded off Hitz to crash in low to the near post in the 75th minute as City went one step closer to landing that elusive Champions League title.
Borussia Dortmund starting XI: Hitz (goal), Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro, Emre Can, Dahoud, Bellingham, Reus, Knauff, Haaland
Subs: Reyna, Brandt
Manchester City starting XI: Ederson (goal), Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Rodri, Gundogan, De Bruyne, Mahrez, Foden, Bernardo
Man of the match: Kevin De Bruyne
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