Manchester City are clearly a side no coach will face with a smile. A 90th minute strike from Phil Foden gave the Citizens a narrow 2-1 victory at home to Dortmund in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final on Tuesday night.
Pep Guardiola must have had a lot of questions between the 85th minute and the 90th. In those five minutes, all the Champions League failures of the past few years must have been running through the Spanish coach's mind. Indeed, his team made life very difficult for themselves at the Ettihad Stadium. The Citizens took the lead in the 19th minute. The Belgian attacking midfielder Kevin de Bruyne was well served by the Algerian Ryad Mahrez. But City had a lot of trouble up front and finally broke down at the wrong moment. Dortmund did indeed equalize in the 84th minute.
Foden saves Manchester City
Haaland and Marco Reus turned the tables this time. The Norwegian striker's sublime one-touch pass found the German, who crucified Ederson. With five minutes remaining, the lead in this double-header was in the Germans' favor. However, the young Foden was not to be denied. The England international, who has been a big part of the team's success, gave the Sky blues the lead when he scored from a Gundogan pass (2-1, 90').
Going into next week's game, Borussia Dortmund take a vital away goal advantage which could be a joker for their semi final qualification. The team played more better in the second half of the night conjuring flashes of attacking combinations that really exposed City's backline.