Marco Reus endured Erling Haaland's brief hug after the final whistle with a wry smile. The gate "monster" had just before Borussia Dortmund lost a bonus point in the painful Champions League reunion. On the second day of the group match, BVB effectively blocked Manchester City's pass machine for a long time - the former crowd favorite Haaland ultimately became the match winner of the English champions at 1: 2 (0: 0).
The BVB appearance nevertheless gives fresh courage for the Bundesliga district derby against Schalke 04 on Saturday. "We sacrificed ourselves for 80 minutes. We had them where we wanted them. Shortly before the first goal we conceded, we become passive," said Mats Hummels at DAZN: "We were broken, but we would have crossed the border by the 95th have to." After his dream start for City (twelve goals in eight competitive games), Dortmund kept Haaland almost completely off the ball until the final phase.
Manchester rarely got around to putting their game in order at the Etihad Stadium. After Dortmund made it 1-0 through Jude Bellingham (56'), a sensation even seemed possible, but John Stones (80') and Haaland (84') turned the game around with an artistic goal. Borussia's England curse continues with the eighth defeat in a row. Extremely compact demeanor, a bit of luck in the match and a "cream day" from substitute goalkeeper Alexander Meyer had been mentioned by coach Edin Terzic as components for a successful evening.
BVB initially has little trouble stopping City
After a minute's silence in honor of the late Queen Elizabeth, BVB managed with surprisingly little effort to stop the otherwise well-oiled structure of the Citizens. The ingredients were right. Terzic relied on more physique: He put Emre Can in front of a four-man defense chain, in which Nico Schlotterbeck was surprisingly missing due to back pain.
Niklas Süle and Hummels were supposed to oppose Haaland, while Can, Bellingham and Salih Özcan took over the task of approaching the pass paths and attacking the city control center. "On the sixth day God created Manchester City," read one banner, but the English champions played unwittingly. De Bruyne always had a special guard on his feet, the BVB midfielders handed the metronome of the city building to each other. Meyer intercepted crosses safely.
Nevertheless, the German vice-champion saw himself pushed into his own penalty area with ten men at times: City tightened the corset. After winning the ball, BVB repeatedly had the switching moments demanded by sports director Sebastian Kehl - Özcan fired the first dangerous shot of the game (16th). Another good sign was that Joao Cancelo, annoyed, fired from distance for Manchester (27'). It bumped and jerked in City's dreaded machine room, in the meantime the pass sequences even came to a standstill. Haaland had eleven ball contacts in the first half.
Team manager Pep Guardiola spoke vigorously to his assistant, BVB watched with growing satisfaction. The chain links held up, one leg almost always got in the way of the combination. Deals were therefore rare - the highest quality even came on the other side: Reus had the huge opportunity to lead BVB (52nd). After a through ball from Özcan and a nice hook, he flicked the ball past the far corner.
Dortmund were in the game. And rightly so: after an extended corner kick, Reus sensitively crossed to Bellingham, Ederson in the city goal was beaten. Manchester reacted furiously and then attacked relentlessly. Stones slammed the ball into the net, Meyer couldn't get his fists up. Then Haaland acrobatically hit the heart of BVB.