Pep Guardiola’s men dominated Dortmund (1-2, 4-2 on both matches) to join the last four.
Paris knows its opponent in the Champions League semi-finals! Manchester City qualified by winning in Dortmund (1-2, 4-2 on both matches), Wednesday April 14. The Germans will have believed in the feat after Jude Bellingham’s opener, but two goals from Riyad Mahrez and Phil Foden gave the Cityzens the second European semi-final in their history.
True to its principles, Manchester City did not close the game despite its advantage (2-1 in the first leg). Dominated for several minutes, Dortmund finally adapted to the pressure from Mancunians. The better to thwart it. With a long ball, Emre Can was able to throw Erling Haaland into the box. The Norwegian’s back pass only gave a blocked shot, but Jude Bellingham followed to beat Ederson with a skylight shot (15th, 1-0).
This sanction woke the Citizens, ultra-domineering on the rest of the meeting. Kevin De Bruyne stole a ball from Mateu Morey to send a mine on the bar (25th), then Riyad Mahrez saw his shot pushed back in front of the line by Bellingham (32nd). Gathered in their area, the Germans somehow pushed back the opposing waves. They finally gave in in the second period on a trivial ball. Alone in his area to intercept a cross, Emre Can deflected the ball… on his own hand. An offering for Riyad Mahrez, delighted to transform the penalty with a clear strike at mid-height (55th).
Impossible then for Dortmund to maintain its defensive game plan. In the obligation to score, the Germans finally offered spaces to City. Determined to seal their qualification, Pep Guardiola’s men stepped up the shots. Marwin Hitz kept his team alive by deflecting a strike from De Bruyne, after a solo act from the Belgian (74th). But from the next corner, Phil Foden pushed him to the fault of a shot entering the area (75th, 1-2). The few jolts of Dortmund, condemned to score three times, were not enough to cast doubt on the outcome of the meeting.
Thanks to this qualification, Manchester City is back in the last four of the Champions League for the first time since 2016. And only the second time in its history. If the arrival of Pep Guardiola has turned Manchester City into a machine to crush the English championship, the Catalan has not found the formula for the Champions League. Monaco in 2017, Tottenham in 2019 or Lyon last summer, the English club has its share of traumatic defeats. He avoided adding Dortmund to the list. And now has PSG in the sights.