Erling Haaland’s superb goal capped Manchester City’s dramatic comeback and condemned former club Borussia Dortmund to a painful Champions League defeat at the Etihad Stadium.
City struggled against a cool-down Dortmund, who took the lead when the superb Judd Bellingham crossed from Marco Reus in the 56th minute.
Pep Guardiola’s side looked for inspiration and found the equalizer 10 minutes from time when defender John Stones fired a powerful shot past Dortmund goalkeeper Alexander Mayer.
Inevitably, it was up to Haaland to create a truly special moment four minutes later, as he showed an impressive athletic performance to fly through the air and score from Joao Cancelo’s cross.
Haaland’s magic moment
Haaland has been kept relatively calm by his former teammates at Dortmund, but this distinguished striker still made an impressive contribution as City came back from behind to win.
The young Norwegian player was on the sidelines of the match, but sent a warning with a shot that hit the post from outside minutes before scoring.
The Stones equalizer, who hit hard but ran into few snags from the oddly static goalkeeper, Meyer shifted the focus of Dortmund’s quiet defense match, orchestrated by veteran Mats Hummels and with Bellingham pulling the strings in midfield, and left City. Frustrating.
City suddenly felt the win, but it was something special when Haaland blasted through the air to meet Cancelo’s cross with his outstretched left foot to deflect the ball away from the disbelieving Mayer.
It brought a wide smile to the face of his father, former City midfielder Alf-Inge, who was watching in the stands. He reenacted the moment but, understandably, without his son’s flexibility and elegance.
Haaland’s goal was 13 this season and his 26th in 21 Champions League matches.
City fans rejoiced because this was exactly that moment when the 22-year-old signed on, deciding which major Champions League matches seemed to be turning away from them.
This means City now have a maximum return of two games and every team in the competition will fear the attacker.
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Match ends, Manchester City 2, Borussia Dortmund 1.
The second half ended, Manchester City 2, Borussia Dortmund 1.
Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund) has been shown the yellow card.
Phil Foden (Manchester City) received a yellow card for a bad foul.
Foul by Phil Foden (Manchester City).
Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund) won a free kick in the defensive half.
wasted attempt. Doniel Malin (Borussia Dortmund) right-footed shot from the left side of the penalty area close but misses to the left. Assisted by Rafael Guerrero.
Substitution, Manchester City. Calvin Phillips replaces Erling Haaland.
Attempt is prohibited. Julian Alvarez (Manchester City) takes a left-footed shot from the center of the penalty area. Assisted by Erling Haaland.
Attempt saved. Julian Alvarez (Manchester City) A right-footed shot from the center of the penalty area is saved in the middle of the goal. Assisted by John Stones.
The alternative, Borussia Dortmund. Karim Adymi replaces Saleh Ozkan.
The alternative, Borussia Dortmund. Yusuf Mukoko replaces Marco Reus.
Ozkan (Borussia Dortmund) was shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
wasted attempt. Thomas Meunier (Borussia Dortmund) right-footed shot from the right flank of the penalty area is close but misses on the right. With the help of Marco Reus.
Goal! Manchester City 2, Borussia Dortmund 1. Erling Haaland (Manchester City) hits his left foot from very close to the middle of the goal. Assisted by Joao Cancelo with a through pass.
Attempt is prohibited. Rodri (Manchester City) right-footed shot from outside the penalty area is blocked. Assisted by Joao Cancelo.
Goal! Manchester City 1, Borussia Dortmund 1. John Stones (Manchester City) right-footed shot from outside the penalty area to the middle of the goal. Assisted by Kevin De Bruyne.
Doniel Malin (Borussia Dortmund) has been shown the yellow card.
Manuel Akanji (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Doniel Malin (Borussia Dortmund).