News : Dortmund eliminated against ManCity – sport
The badly needed fireworks from Borussia Dortmund had already burned down the fans at the Manchester City hotel the night before the game. The expected fatigue in the opponent did not appear the next day, however. The dishonest trick failed, although BVB walked on the path of surprise for a long time after their 1-0 lead by Jude Bellingham in the 15th minute.
But in the 55th minute, Riyad Mahrez equalized with a penalty for City to make it 1-1. Emre Can had got the ball in the arm unlucky. In the 75th minute, Phil Foden made everything clear with the 2-1 for Manchester. “We had a big dream that is now unfortunately over,” said BVB coach Edin Terzic. This dream hissed darkly in the sky like a damp, old New Year’s rocket.
The pride of having been the last German representative in the European Cup had been limited at BVB. Because it had only been 24 hours. 24 hours after FC Bayern was eliminated from the Champions League against Paris Saint-Germain, Dortmund also got hit on Wednesday evening. The recent 1: 2 (1: 0) defeat in the quarter-final second leg was not nearly enough to make up for the identical defeat from the first leg. Now at the end of April and beginning of May, Bayern will not meet Borussia in the semi-finals, but Parisians will meet the Citizens.
Pep Guardiola for the first time with City in the semifinals
For Manchester coach Pep Guardiola it is the first time in the semi-finals with Manchester and personally the first time in the semi-finals since he was eliminated with Bayern Munich against Atlético Madrid in 2016. Guardiola’s last of two Champions League triumphs with FC Barcelona was exactly ten years ago. In 2011 they defeated Manchester United in the final.
The 2013 Champions League final under coach Jürgen Klopp in London (1: 2 against Bayern Munich), still with today’s City midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, remains the last approach to a Champions League triumph for Dortmund until further notice. Since then, the club has reached the quarter-finals three times, but not the semi-finals. And for the coming season it is even highly questionable whether BVB will even make it back into the Champions League. Because the gap to qualification rank four in the Bundesliga is seven points six match days before the end of the season. Dortmund welcomes Werder Bremen on Sunday. One more consolation is the DFB Cup semi-final against Holstein Kiel on May 1st. At least this endgame hope remains.
Because Dortmund were very satisfied with their performance in the unfortunate 2-1 defeat in the first leg in Manchester, Terzic made exactly the same starting eleven in the second leg. The 19-year-old Ansgar Knauff was back on the offensive with Erling Haaland and Marco Reus. In the defensive midfield, Jude Bellingham, Can and Mahmoud Dahoud again formed a row of three.
And again, this Dortmund strategy worked quite well. The fact that they conceded the second goal in the first leg in the 90th minute and that a 1-0 would even be enough to advance, electrified the Borussia at the beginning noticeably. This energy put her in the lead in the 15th minute. After a punch from Dahoud in the penalty area, the ball landed at Bellingham, who flicked it into the corner from 15 meters. Goalkeeper Ederson still touched the ball, but could not parry it. Bellingham, the 17 year old Englishman, brought Manchester into trouble. “We played the best team in the world and we were able to keep up,” said Can.
After conceding the goal, the Citizens initially looked shaky. But then they stepped on the gas and had more good chances, including a crossbar shot from Kevin De Bruyne. The 1-1 draw in the 55th minute was extremely unfortunate for Dortmund, because it only came about with a penalty kick after Can had flown the ball half to the head and half to the upper arm in his own penalty area. When a penalty was decided after a two-minute review, Can put his hands over his face. Mahrez transformed. “At the referee training it is clearly stated that it is not a criminal offense to head your own arm,” said Terzic. “Let me put it this way: We weren’t very lucky with the decisions in the two games.”
Borussia did not give their guests the ball quite voluntarily, but waited for the one chance that would have helped them into extra time. But this opportunity did not come about. Foden, already the late 2-1 scorer in the first leg, also created the final score this time: in the 75th minute, the ball rushed past Hitz into the goal.