Haaland chases Dortmund when Manchester City come from behind The42

Haaland defeated his former team as Manchester City had to come back from a goal down to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 on Wednesday and put one foot in the Champions League round of 16.

The Norwegian remained remarkably calm, but needed only a glimpse of the goal to expand his scoring streak to six games as his telescopic left leg pushed the winner into the net six minutes from the end.

Haaland has now scored 13 goals in his first eight official matches for City since they sealed a £51m (€59m/$58m) buyout from the German giants.

Judd Bellingham gave Dortmund the lead after 11 minutes of the second half.

But the three-way substitution woke City up from its slumber and scored two goals in four minutes of the match.

John Stones piledriver from outside the penalty area was leveled with the help of some bad goalkeepers from Alexander Mayer.

Haaland then took center stage by stretching somehow to meet Joao Cancelo’s cross and beat Mayer for his near post.

The win makes City open the three-point lead at the top of Group G, with Dortmund continuing in second place after FC Copenhagen and Seville drew 0-0 in the Danish capital.

Bellingham admitted on the eve of the match that he had no idea how to stop Haaland.

But the Germans did a good job of throttling their former star striker as the first 45 minutes passed with barely any observable goal action.

The visitors were also the first to threaten when the first big chance arrived five minutes into the second half.

Marco Reus fed a powerful counter-attack inside the area and left former Dortmund player Manuel Akanji on the ground before curling his shot inches off the far post.

City did not respond to the wake-up call as four minutes later, Dortmund broke the deadlock.

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Bellingham has been strongly linked with a return to the Premier League with interest from City, Manchester United and Liverpool.

The England international was quick to end speculation about his future on Tuesday, possibly adding a few million more to his price tag as he timed his trip perfectly to meet a Reus pass.

Guardiola immediately responded with a three-way substitution as Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden and Julian Alvarez were called up to add more cunning in the final third.

Foden nearly created the opportunity Haaland had been waiting for all night with a purposeful run into the penalty area and a low cross that required a superb last-minute interception from Mats Hummels.

When City’s equalizer arrived, it came from an unexpected source as Stones netted his first Champions League goal since 2017 from outside the penalty area.

Haaland wasn’t denied the headlines, although Cancelo’s ingenious pass with the outside of his right foot was pounced by the 9-seeded City giants who raised their foot to head height to shove the ball into the net.

– © AFP 2022