Phil Foden’s late goal earned City a 2-1 win at the Etihad last week, but Marco Reus’ away goal means Dortmund are well in the game as both sides look to set up a semi-final meeting with PSG, who knocked out holders Bayern Munich last night.

Despite their relative dominance of English football in recent years, City have not been beyond this stage of the competition since doing so for the first time in 2016, and have never reached a final.

Last season, Ppe Guardiola was roundly criticised after his tactical gamble saw City botch what appeared to be a favourable tie against Lyon in the last-eight.

With speculation over the future of several of their star players – most notably Erling Haaland and Jadon Sancho – Dortmund are in ‘win-now’ mode, as they look to reach their first semi-final since the 2012/13 season, when they went on to be beaten finalists.

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Right then, City are back out early, Dortmund soon to join them. Can the English side turn this around?


The (sort of) good news for City is that if Dortmund do catch them on the break as they push for the goal, they’ll still only need to score once, albeit to force extra-time rather than to go through.

For what it’s worth, I can see this being 2-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time being needed.


Well, there are plenty of options on Pep Guardiola’s bench, most notably Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus, but given the way Dortmund are sat in deep with men behind the ball, you’d think the types of more technical players they’ve got on the field at the moment would be best suited to breaking them down.


HALF-TIME | Dortmund 1-0 Man City

Dortmund are 45 minutes from the semi-finals.


44 mins: Into the final couple of minutes of the half and so far that yellow wall has held firm.


39 mins: He’s been involved in just about everything in this game and now Bellingham is the first man into the book as he brings Foden down.


36 mins: The pressure is growing from City, with De Bruyne absolutely everywhere. It’s about getting to half-time at the moment for the hosts.


32 mins: One of the more elongated one-twos you’ll see, and almost brilliant. Mahrez tries to pick out Foden with a back-post cross that the Englishman does brilliantly to control and hook back into play.

Mahrez steams in to get on the end of it and beats the ‘keeper but – guess who? – Bellingham is back on the line to clear.


28 mins: Bellingham is down needing a bit of treatment after catching a stray arm in the face from Gundogan but he’ll be fine to continue.


So close to a leveller as De Bruyne wins it on the edge of the Dortmund box and then crashes an effort off the woodwork.

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