Manchester City 2-1 Borussia Dortmund: Player ratings as late Foden finish gives City first-leg win

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Goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden gave Manchester City a 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in the first leg of the pair's Champions League quarter-final tie.

Dortmund started brightly but City soon showed their ruthless side with a free-flowing counterattack. Riyad Mahrez seized upon a misplaced pass from Emre Can, laying it off to De Bruyne who then surged forward before receiving the ball back and finishing from inside the box.

KDB ➡️ Gundogan ➡️ Foden
A ice-cold finish from Phil Foden in the 90th minute to put Man City ahead going into the second leg…
Great vision from De Bruyne yet again! ?

— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) April 6, 2021

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Soon after City were handed a monumental let-off when Jude Bellingham had a goal ruled out before the break. Bellingham clearly beat Ederson to the ball but the referee awarded a foul, blowing his whistle before the ball crossed the line, eliminating the possibility of a VAR check.

Early in the second half Haaland was denied, while Foden also spurned a good chance. With ten minutes left on the clock Marco Reus then scored an equaliser, latching onto Haaland's through-ball and lashing home. Their lead did not last long, though, with Ilkay Gundogan teeing up Foden to net a late winner.

The result leaves the tie delicately poised going into next Wednesday's second leg. Here are your City and Dortmund player ratings from the Etihad Stadium…


1. Goalkeeper & defenders

Jude Bellingham, Ederson
Ederson has the referee to thank for sparing his blushes | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Ederson (GK) – 5/10 – Let off an embarrassing error by a terrible refereeing decision. Made a big save from Haaland early in the second half but couldn't keep Reus out.
Kyle Walker (RB) – 5/10 –
Pretty careless in possession in the first half. Sharpened up after the break but still surrendered possession 18 times overall.
John Stones (CB) – 5/10 –
Given a torrid time by Haaland who dropped into midfield and spun in behind.
Ruben Dias (CB) – 6/10 –
Manhandled by Haaland just after the break before just doing enough to put him off a certain goal. Recovered well after that.
Joao Cancelo (LB) – 6/10 –
Caught the eye with some pinpoint balls over the top in the second half. An easy shift defensively.

2. Midfielders

Kevin De Bruyne, Mahmoud Dahoud
De Bruyne scored a fine goal in the first half | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Rodri (CM) – 6/10 – Should have been booked for his tragic attempt to win a penalty in the first. Luckily VAR intervened. Set the tempo.
Ilkay Gundogan (CM) – 7/10 – Passed the ball efficiently against his former club, going long and keeping it simple depending on what suited. Set up Foden for the winner.
Kevin De Bruyne (AM) – 8/10 –
Created the goal with an explosive burst through midfield and then finished expertly. Went extremely close to a second after the break and his cross for the winner was sublime.

3. Forwards

Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez, Bernardo Silva
Mahrez assisted De Bruyne's goal | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Riyad Mahrez (RW) – 6/10 – Found De Bruyne for the goal. Created a few more opportunities afterwards as well.
Bernardo Silva (ST) – 6/10 – Deployed as a false nine again. Helped linked things but did not look too dangerous.
Phil Foden (LW) – 8/10 – A couple of seriously impressively flicks and tricks. Spurned a massive chance in the second half but came alive after that to run the rest of the game. Rewarded with a goal.

4. Substitutes

Gabriel Jesus – 6/10 – His pace gave City another option against Dortmund's high line.


5. Goalkeeper & defenders

Manuel Akanji, Rodrigo
Akanji looked fairly solid | Michael Regan/Getty Images

Marwin Hitz (GK) – 5/10 – Not a huge amount to do. Spilled one pretty tame effort in the second half.
Mateu Morey (RB) – 5/10 – Did not look entirely comfortable. Sliced a few clearances and Foden gave him a really tough time.
Manuel Akanji (CB) – 6/10 – One venture forward from the back was exhilarating. Also defended pretty well, although he was dribbled past several times.
Mats Hummels (CB) – 6/10 – A few misplaced passess aside he looked comfortable enough.
Raphael Guerreiro (LB) – 6/10 – He did not have much opportunity to venture forward as he often does. Maintained his discipline.

6. Midfielders

Emre Can, Ovidiu Hategan, Luca Unbehaun
Emre Can had an eventful first half | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Jude Bellingham (CM) – 8/10 – Was absolutely everywhere, filling in defensively and only being denied a goal by an awful refereeing decision. His searching ball led to the equaliser.
Mahmoud Dahoud (CM) – 6/10 –
Did a little bit of everything, keeping things neat and tidy in possession.
Emre Can (CM) – 4/10 –
His mistake in the lead up to the opening goal proved fatal. Was at least spared giving away a penalty by VAR.

7. Forwards

Erling Haaland, Ruben Dias
Haaland was always dangerous | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Ansgar Knauff (RW) – 5/10 – Bizarrely selected despite his lack of experience. He was the weak link going forward but was enthusiastic at least.
Erling Haaland (ST) – 7/10 –
Always a danger. If we view this as a dress rehearsal ahead of a summer move to City he definitely got the part.
Marco Reus (LW) – 7/10 –
Started brightly but his influence faded as Dortmund were forced into more and more defending. Burst to life for the equaliser, finishing clinically.

8. Substitutes

Gio Reyna – 5/10 – Put in a shift but was not involved in too much in the final third.
Thomas Delaney – 6/10 – Very little to report.
Thomas Meunier – 4/10 – Pretty slack defending for City's second goal.

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