Erling Haaland’s stunning goal for Man City ensures a reunion with ex-Dortmund to remember

Erling Haalanda stunning blow was completed a Return victory 2-1 for Manchester City against his former club Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League on Wednesday.

The Bundesliga player progressed through the English midfielder Jude Bellingham but City equalized John Stones and Haaland’s acrobatic finish won it late on.

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The result sees Pep Guardiola’s men top Group G after back-to-back wins with six points. Dortmund follows with three points, with FC Copenhagen and Seville each by a point.

JUMP TO: Player ratings | Best/worst results | Highlights and notable moments | Quotes after the game | Key statistics | Upcoming schedules

Fast reaction

1. Haaland’s incredible feat completed City’s comeback

Who else but Erling Haaland will pop up with a late winner as Manchester City hit back to beat former club Borussia Dortmund?

The Norwegian striker scored his 13th goal in eight games since arriving at the Etihad from Dortmund this summer and this may have been the best of the series.

City, sluggish in the first half, looked set to drop the points after Jude Bellingham’s expert header put the visitors 1-0 up only for John Stone to rocket home from 20 yards to make it 1-1. Until the 84th minute, Dortmund did a good job of limiting their former striker to a few half-chances until Joao Cancelo ducked a cross from the left and Haaland acrobatically extended a leg at the back post to slot the ball past Alexander Meyer.

Meyer seemed almost surprised that Haaland somehow managed to put the ball back into the net, and his smile afterwards spoke volumes for how happy he was with the finish. Already this season there has been talk of whether Haaland could be the difference for Man City in the Champions League this season and, with a moment of brilliance, it was against Dortmund.

2. Grealish’s slow start to Year 2 continues

After a year of life at Man City, this was supposed to be the season when Jack Grealish he showed why the club were so keen to spend £100m to bring him in Aston Villabut his campaign is off to a slow start.

The injury that caused him to miss the games against didn’t help him either Newcastle United, The Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest but after starting against Dortmund, he struggled to make the most of his chances. He wasn’t the only first-half sub-par as Man City failed to create a meaningful chance during the opening 45 minutes, but when it came time for Pep Guardiola to make changes before the hour mark, Grealish was one of three victims along the side Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan.

One of the reasons why the City was open to rent Raheem Sterling going into the summer there was a belief that this season Grealish would begin to replicate his form at Villa. It’s only September and there’s a long way to go, but Grealish would be hoping for more from his first few games of the new season.

3. Bellingham shows why it will be on the transfer radar

Jude Bellingham dodged the inevitable question about returning to play for England one day while on media duties at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night, but it is expected to happen eventually. The 19-year-old, who scored with a bare-headed header from Marco Reus‘ volley into the box, he was so secure in Dortmund’s three-man midfield that he would almost certainly have caught Pep Guardiola’s eye — and there were suggestions he was already on City’s radar with director of football Txiki Begiristain eyeing midfield reinforcements before next summer.

Manchester United and Liverpool would also be interested in signing Bellingham, but City would back themselves to land one of the best young players in Europe — just as they did with Haaland. City saw Haaland’s arrival — facing competition from all of Europe’s top clubs — as a turning point for their recruitment and believe they have shown the Etihad is a place where players can win trophies and thrive, especially under Guardiola. You can already feel how City are working on their pitch.

Player ratings

Manchester City: Ederson 6, John Stones 7, Joao Cancelo 7, Nathan Ake 6, Akanji 6, Rodri 6, Ilkay Gundogan 6, Kevin de Bruyne 6, Jack Grealish 5, Riyad Mahrez 5, Erling Haaland 7.

Subscriptions: Bernardo Silva 6, Phil Foden 7, Julian Alvarez 7, Calvin Phillips 6.

Borussia Dortmund: Alexander Meyer 6, Thomas Meunier 7, Raphael Guerreiro 6, Niklas Sule 7, Mats Hummels 7, Emre Can 6, Salih Ozcan 7, Jude Bellingham 7, Marco Reus 7, Giovanni Reyna 6, Anthony Modeste 6.

Subscriptions: Nico Schlotterbeck 6, Donyell Malen 6, Youssouf Moukoko 6, Karim Adeyemi 6.

The best and worst performers

THE BEST: Erling Haaland, Manchester City.

He is in a team that scores key goals, and this one was a big one. It was a superb finish by a player in incredible form.

WORST: Riyad Mahrez, Manchester City.

City did not have a shot on goal in the first half, and it was no surprise that Mahrez was one of the players that Guardiola caught after 58 minutes.

Highlights and notable moments

Haaland’s goal — pretty remarkable.

Frame-by-frame breakdown of the target.

After the match: What the managers and players said

We scored two wonderful goals today – mine was a bit better, to be honest. It was a nice cross from Cancelo.” — Erling Haaland comparing his goal to that of teammate John Stones.

“Yes, I knew [would be him] to be honest. Few people know how to stop it. We did a really good job tonight, and then he did what he does — unfortunately for us.” — Jude Bellingham, on former Dortmund teammate Haaland.

Key Stats (provided by ESPN Stats & Information Research)

– Erling Haaland has scored in 6 of the last 7 home games in the Champions League. The only exception? Home game with Dortmund against Manchester City 14 Apr 2021 And his 26 goals in the competition are now more than noted greats Robin van Persie and Hernan Crespo (25 each).

– Manchester City are now on a 20-game unbeaten run at the Etihad in the Champions League. Impressive? Still not even close Barcelonahe has 38, which is the longest unbeaten run at home in the competition.


Manchester City: Visit Wolverhampton Wanderers on the Saturday before the international break. After the return, two home matches are on the list — a derby against Manchester United on October 2 and then a return to the Champions League group stage against FC Copenhagen on October 5.

In this connection, The Premier League has postponed the City game to October 19 against Arsenal so that the Gunners could accept a rearranged Europa League fixture against PSV Eindhoven. Arsenal risked dropping points after the original match against PSV — which was due to be played on Thursday — could not go ahead due to police problems in London linked to events in the capital following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Borussia Dortmund: It’s a comeback Revierderby with newly promoted rivals Schalke 04 visiting on Saturday. After the representative break, it’s a trip to FC Köln on October 1 and then travel to Sevilla on October 5 for a Champions League group stage match.

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