Former Manchester City defender Nedum Onuoha dismisses criticism of Man City’s 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund (1:14)

Manchester City claimed an ultimate victory over Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League quarter-final first leg at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday night with a late goal from Phil Foden

A poor gift from Emre Can to the midfielder led to Man City’s opening goal of the game as Kevin De Bruyne redirected Riyad Mahrez’s cross past Marwin Hitz in the Dortmund goal to give his side the ‘benefit just before 20 minutes

Can’s rough night looked set to continue when he was whistled for a penalty on City’s Rodrigo, but the Germany international was bailed out after a VAR check showed there was handball before his fault

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Dortmund appeared to have equalized before half-time when Jude Bellingham dispossessed Man City goalkeeper Ederson and found himself dipping into an empty net, but the referee whistled the 17-year-old harshly for a foul on the game and Pep Guardiola’s side took their lead by one goal in the break

The visitors faced a tough challenge in the second half as they tried to find their way back into the game against a Man City side who entered the game without conceding a Champions League goal for 706 minutes

Ederson came to City’s rescue early in the second half, saving Erling Haaland from a strained foot as the Germans continued to cause City trouble.

Dortmund did well to maintain the deficit against a scorched City side by just one goal before Marco Reus completed a fine team movement with a smooth strike to give his side an important goal at the outside

However, Foden scored a smart goal on an assist from Ilkay Gundogan just before full time to give Man City the win and an ever-slim advantage over Dortmund for the April 14 second leg in Germany with a place in the Champions League semi-finals at stake

Guardiola’s side lacked their usual sharpness in the final third, but the Spaniard said his side faced a huge burden of expectations thanks to their scorching form heading into the game and the Dortmund’s struggles in the Bundesliga

“When you win 26 matches in 27 and they don’t win the Bundesliga, the pressure is on our shoulders,” he said after the match

Guardiola has said he will look to make some adjustments for the second leg, but stressed that they will not be going to Germany to sit down and defend themselves

“I asked the players to win the game We did it and now we go to Dortmund not to defend,” he added “We will adjust our pressing, adjust our accumulation and play 90 minutes to try to reach the semi-final”

Guardiola praised the performance of Foden, 20, who appeared to be a real danger towards the end of the competition

“Phil has been brilliant in his aggression for the last 30 minutes, he was our threat,” Guardiola said

“Second half, he played very well, and one on one in the final third, he had two, three chances to score and finally succeeded”

After the game Dortmund defender Mats Hummels told DAZN: “These are our very good performances, I think It’s very annoying that on the one hand we only scored one goal of what we created and on the other hand we conceded a goal that seemed to be able to defend it We threw it all away today What we really should be doing every three days

“If we come home with a 1-1 everyone is very happy But with this late 2-1 for City the feeling is not so great now although we have done a lot well “

Hummels manager Edin Terzic added: “Our chances to pass are still there A 1-1 after 90 minutes would have meant we would be pretty much on end at kick-off in Dortmund It’s still a good constellation in the round of 16 “

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