Dortmund dream of downing Man City despite ‘brutally annoying’ away defeat


Berlin (AFP) – Borussia Dortmund believe they can still knock Manchester City out of the Champions League after their narrow away defeat in the first leg means there is all to play for in next Wednesday’s quarter-final return leg.

Dortmund brushed off poor Bundesliga form to come within a whisker of a draw at the Etihad Stadium until Phil Foden’s last-gasp goal sealed a 2-1 first-leg win for Pep Guardiola’s City.

“It is brutally annoying that we conceded a goal like that right at the end, now we have to win the second leg,” said Dortmund captain Marco Reus, who had equalised six minutes from the final whistle to cancel out Kevin de Bruyne’s first-half goal.

“It’s very bitter for us, but everything is still open and we believe we can progress.”

Guardiola admitted the Premier League leaders “felt the pressure” of expectations in the Champions League having failed to get past the quarter-finals in each of his four previous seasons in charge.

In contrast, Dortmund threw off the shackles of inconsistent Bundesliga form which has left them fifth in the table and, more worryingly, seven points from the Champions League places next season.

“Of course, it was a different game than in the Bundesliga,” said Reus.

“We played at a very high tactical level throughout.

“Manchester City had a lot of possession, but we stayed calm and waited for our chances.”

However, as defender Mats Hummels admitted, “we gave away a very good result”, but still “have a good chance in the second leg”.

Amid off-field speculation about his future, Dortmund’s Norway striker Erling Braut Haaland failed to score for his fifth straight match for club and country, but his brilliant reverse ball set up Reus for what could be a crucial away goal. 

Dortmund also had a first-half goal by Jude Bellingham somewhat harshly ruled out when the England midfielder was judged to have fouled Ederson as he dispossessed the Brazilian and tapped into an empty net just before half-time.

The VAR could not intervene as referee Ovidiu Hategan had blown before Bellingham rolled the ball home.

“I would have liked the referee to let the scene for the disallowed goal play out and look at it afterwards,” said Dortmund caretaker coach Edin Terzic.

“It’s brutally annoying, but that’s football.”

Dortmund have a tricky away match on Saturday at Stuttgart, who romped to a 5-1 win at Signal Iduna Park when the sides met last December, before hosting the Premier League leaders in the return.

“It’s now about scoring one more goal than Manchester City in the second leg,” added Terzic with either Paris Saint-Germain or holders Bayern Munich awaiting the winners in the semi-finals.

25+ Channels With Sports & News
  • Starting price: $33/mo. for fubo Latino Package
  • Watch Premier League, Liga MX, MLS & World Cup
  • Includes ESPN, FOX, Univision, TUDN and more
Favorite Leagues At The Best Price
  • Starting price: $7.99/mo. for Live TV Package
  • Watch Argentine league, Brasileirāo and Copa Libertadores
  • Includes beIN SPORTS, GolTV, TyC Sports and more
Many Sports & ESPN Originals
  • Price: $6.99/mo. (or get ESPN+, Hulu & Disney+ for $13.99/mo.)
  • Features LaLiga, Bundesliga, MLS, Copa del Rey & more
  • Also includes daily ESPN FC news & highlights show
Live TV, Soccer & Originals
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo.
  • Features Champions League, Serie A, Europa League & more
  • Includes CBS, Star Trek & CBS Sports HQ
175 Premier League Games & PL TV
  • Starting price: $4.99/mo. for Peacock Premium
  • Watch 175 exclusive EPL games per season
  • Includes Premier League TV channel plus movies, TV shows & more
Get All 3 And Save 30%
  • $13.99/mo. for ESPN+, Disney+ & Hulu
  • Includes Bundesliga, LaLiga, NHL & the home to UFC
  • Features Marvel, Star Wars + shows & movies for your entire family

Leave a Reply

Translate »