Erling Haaland chases the former club in Manchester City’s win over Dortmund | Champions League

Borussia Dortmund knew what to expect from Erling Haaland, he stole 86 goals in his 89 games over two and a half years. It didn’t make any difference at all. The Manchester City striker raised his score from his new club’s goals to 13 goals in nine matches to condemn his old club to a severe defeat in the Champions League after he advanced with Judd Bellingham’s header in the second half.

Haaland performed a superb acrobatic volley to convert an equally impressive cross pass from Joao Cancelo as Pep Guardiola’s side recovered from a goalless first half and from falling behind to keep their 100% start. This came after a minute’s silence that was strictly defined by Queen Elizabeth II.

Dortmund proved more of an embarrassing task for the Premier League champions than last week’s 4-0 outing in Seville, as well as testing the patience of Haaland and those who expect the goal machine’s prolific start to continue in City’s colours. The striker was one of three former Dortmund players in the city’s starting line-up alongside captain Ilkay Gundogan and Manuel Akanji, on his first start since his last £16.7m move. A fourth, Sergio Gomez, was off the bench.

Haaland got the ball back several times, had a minor tussle with former Liverpool midfielder Emre Can, and helped himself by drinking a water bottle from visiting goalkeeper Alexander Mayer’s water bottle while waiting for a corner kick in the first half. But he didn’t see Dortmund’s goal during a boring opening period. The attacker was not alone in this regard.

Eden Terzic’s side comfortably throttled City in the first half, with three midfield help forming a compact unit that was content to allow Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish to take the ball wide while closing gaps in the middle. When the danger arose, seasoned midfield duo Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule were so vigilant. Zuli Haaland was prevented from taking advantage of his first hint of a chance when he sent a cross from Mahrez away as the former Dortmund striker rose to connect. It wasn’t until the 41st minute when Kevin De Bruyne found an opportunity to release Haaland behind the German defense but that opening was stopped by Hummels’ interception.

Jude Bellingham takes the lead against Ederson to give Borussia Dortmund the lead. Photo: Peter Powell/EPA

Shortly before the first half, City created an image of Guardiola being frustrated with his players’ repeated failure to prevent Dortmund from playing from behind. Grealish was another source of irritation. The £100m player is regularly found in the space on the left but rarely beats Thomas Meunier at right-back or beats the visiting defense with a cross.

It was Dortmund who created the first real chance when Judd Bellingham pulled away from Gundogan and Rodri in midfield before sending Rafael Guerrero to the left. The full-back rolled the ball out to Saleh Ozkan, who went down inside Akanci but curled the ball into Ederson’s arms.

The visitors put City under constant pressure at the start of the second half by attacking hard, fast and in greater numbers. Guardiola summoned his assistants to an emergency meeting in the technical field, but by the time the changes were introduced, Dortmund had done their best.

Marco Reus almost made the breakthrough after the impressive Bellingham fired Ozkan down the left with a crucial pass for the first time. Ozkan played the Dortmund veteran behind the City defense and opened Ederson’s goal when he returned within Akanci’s desperate dash. Reus shot his shot over the City keeper but also off the far post. Bellingham softened the blow, which missed moments later.

The City fans applauded for the upcoming trio of Phil Foden, Bernardo Silva and Julian Alvarez. But the ball was in the city’s net before the players who replaced them sat down. Ozkan beat Haaland from a corner kick from Giovanni Reina, son of former City captain Claudio, and moved to Rios, who was hiding unchecked on the far side of the penalty area. The Dortmund captain put in a cross into the six-yard area as Bellingham sprinted much faster than Haaland or Akanji among his former teammates to beat Ederson with a header from close range.

Guardiola’s substitutions improved City immeasurably in the final third, but Haaland will have more frustration before he chases after his former club. The striker was given his first real sight of the goal when De Bruyne fired across the right channel but from a tight angle he shot wide. Then a cross from Foden headed into the sliding Haaland only for Hummels to intervene once again with a challenge that Dortmund celebrated as the winning goal. very soon.

With 10 minutes remaining, an unexpected savior appeared in the form of stones. The defender, positioned at right-back in the absence of Kyle Walker, got a pass from De Bruyne and chose to try his luck from 20 yards away. Stones’ drive veered over the head of substitute Nico Schlutterbeek and entered the top corner close to Mayer’s goal. The goalkeeper could have done better at swinging his shot in flight although speed and drop were mitigating factors. Then came the moment that Haaland and City longed for, and feared Dortmund. It did not disappoint.