The Champions League duel between Erling Haaland and his former club Manchester has been traded as a game between Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund as solo footballers are not allowed to play in the game. In the second group match, Dortmund not only had to face Haaland, but also ten other talented footballers who, as ManCity, are some of the best that club football has to offer.
Because the English champions have long done their job with just bookkeeping sobriety, Jude Bellingham actually gave sturdily defending underdogs Germany a 1-0 lead with a 56th-minute header. Subsequently, however, the hosts tried much harder.
Nevertheless, it took them until the 80th minute before John Stones netted the 1-1 equalizer with a shot from long range. And Haland? There was no sign of that for a long time before he scored in the 84th minute with a kung fu volley for Manchester’s 2-1 win. As if you couldn’t imagine it: in the end, Haaland defeated BVB.
In the end, Haaland defeated his former club
For Dortmund, it was the dreaded defeat after the 3-0 win over Copenhagen at the start of last week. Because the Queen died in England, they also wore black ribbons in Manchester.
BVB coach Edin Terzic had opted for the usual four-man defence, but added Emre Can to shore up the centre, who acted flexibly inside and outside the box of centre-backs Mats Hummels and Niklas Süle as well as six men Bellingham and Salih. Özcan. Central defender Nico Schlotterbeck, who was also seeded, remained on the bench until the 78th minute due to back pain. He then replaced striker Anthony Modeste, conceding both field goals.
Of the four former BVB players in the City squad, three were in the starting XI: centre-back Manuel Akanji, midfielder Ilkay Gündogan and striker Haaland. They all had relevant ball contact as Dortmund didn’t have a keen interest in possession. They were usually eleven in their own half and managed to pull the English out of the game at first.
Dortmund’s defensive strategy worked for coach Pep Guardiola, he showed signs of impatience as his players failed to create chances with speed or creativity in the black-and-yellow thicket for a long time. Dortmund captain Marco Reus had the game’s first chance in the 52nd minute after a counterattack, but his kick went just wide of the goal. Four minutes later Bellingham put the hosts under pressure after a Reus cross.
But over time, hardened citizens rarely run into trouble. They coolly increased the pressure, eventually finding opportunities and using them quickly to turn the tide. At 1:1 BVB goalkeeper Alexander Meyer looked a bit stiff, at 1:2 by Haaland he had no chance. With a tortured smile, Dortmund congratulated their former teammate.