Manchester City entertained Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium earlier tonight as they looked to earn a good result on the road. Man City made a bright start to the game but were toothless in the final third. They were held to a scoreless draw at half-time.
Jude Bellingham opened the goal-scoring in the 56th minute. However, Man City ramped up the pressure and scored the equaliser in the 80th minute when John Stones scored with an excellent strike from outside the box. Erling Haaland completed the turnaround just four minutes later with an acrobatic finish to put Man City 2-1 ahead with just six minutes left. Pep Guardiola’s men hung on to their narrow advantage and secured a hard-fought 2-1 win at home.
Let’s take a look at how each Manchester City player performed during the match against Borussia Dortmund.
GK: Ederson – 6/10
The Brazilian keeper made one good save during the game but will be disappointed after conceding a goal early in the second half.
RB: John Stones – 7.5/10
The English defender was solid at the back and scored a great equaliser in the 80th minute to give Man City the platform to go and secure the win.
CB: Manuel Akanji – 7/10
Akanji was solid when defending inside his half and cleared his lines when needed. He even passed the ball out well from the back.
CB: Nathan Ake – 7/10
He earned the ball back a couple of times and did enough to restrict the opposition to just one goal.
LB: Joao Cancelo – 7.5/10
Cancelo performed his defensive duties well and was a real threat going forward. He has got an assist to show for his efforts after setting up Haaland’s winner.
CM: Kevin De Bruyne – 6.5/10
The Belgian talent created two good chances in the final third but was quiet in front of the Dortmund goal.
CM: Rodri – 7/10
The Spaniard got stuck in with some solid tackles and was a threat in the final third.
CM: Ilkay Gundogan – 6/10
He made one key chance in the opponent’s half but failed to threaten their goal.
RW: Riyad Mahrez – 6/10
Mahrez did his fair share of defending but struggled to get into the flow of the game.
ST: Erling Haaland – 8/10
Haaland was unfortunate to hit the crossbar once but scored the match-winning goal with a good acrobatic finish.
LW: Jack Grealish – 6/10
He had a few lively moments in the game but never looked like he would score.
RW: Julian Alvarez – 6.5/10
He showed some flashes of what he is capable of after coming off the bench.
CM: Bernardo Silva – 6.5/10
Silva added more energy to Guardiola’s midfield.
LW: Phil Foden – 6.5/10
He earned the ball back once and made one key chance in the final third.
CM: Kalvin Phillips – N/A
Phillips came on to run the clock down.