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Borussia Dortmund vs Manchester City at SIGNAL IDUNA PARK

SIGNAL IDUNA PARK Referee : Carlos del Cerro Grande
14th April 2021 8:00 PM (BST)
  • 1 Borussia Dortmund

    • ‘15' Jude Bellingham
  • 2 Manchester City

    • ‘55' Riyad Mahrez (Pen)
    • ‘75' Phil Foden


Commentary By Neil Leigh


Semi conscious ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Well, that's all from me for tonight!

Blimey what a magical evening.

A Champions League semi-final date with Paris Saint-Germain is secured!

As always, stay tuned to for more post-match reaction, brief highlights plus a Full Match Replay of the game on CITY+ from midnight.

It's been both a pleasure and privilege to have your company as always.

Make sure you join us again on Saturday for the small matter of our FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.

Can't wait!

See you then... ๐Ÿ’™


'Phil always create something'

Pep Guardiola on Phil Foden:

"You have the feeling he is a guy who never hides. He always creates something. He is dynamic offensively, defensively and in the small spaces. He is learning to make decisions.

"He scored two important goals to help us be in the semi finals. In the quarter-final of the Champions League he was the important player to help us go to play PSG."


'Players have made the next step'

 Pep Guardiola:

"We cannot forget, in the five years we are together, we are three times out of the Champions League.

"The players suffer the same as the backroom staff and all the people working in the club.

"They are huge competitors and they want to make the next step and they did."


Pep - we want more

Pep Guardiola:

"Of course we want more. We are going to play PSG, the finalists last year against Bayern. We know how tough they are.

"We will see how they work. It is a good moment for all of us, especially the players.


More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

Pep Guardiola:

"This competition is nice but also so unfair because we are judged as a failure or a disaster when we are knocked out. You play 11 months for the Premier League and the other competitions.

"Today it was a penalty with the hand and maybe not given on another day it could be not given. We were out for handball when it was not given against Tottenham.

"This competition depends on the situation. But the way we played in the second half was with personality."


The boss's post-match verdict...๐Ÿ‘‡

Pep Guardiola:

"I am incredibly happy for this club, for this chairman and for the fans, everyone.

"It is the second time in the semi-finals so it is not history in the club, but we start to build it.

"We were brilliant except the first 10 minutes where they were good.

"I'm incredibly happy to be in the semi-finals, to be one of the best four teams in Europe, to be against big, strong teams and we will try to be good."


Fight 'til the end

Tonight maybe another timely reminder of the character and spirit that are boundless in this City squad.

Lesser teams may have buckled at falling behind - we simply dug deep and responded in fitting fashion.

Dare I say, the quality of true champions.


'Fight to the finish'

 More from Ilkay Gundogan:

"We know how tough this competition is every single year.

"The opponents you face every year have quality. Iโ€™ve said it before on a good day they can beat anyone.

"But itโ€™s about staying in the game, attitude, personality, especially in that stage of the competition. We provide that we are ready to fight in the semis."


Ilkay's full time verdict

 Ilkay Gundogan:

"Yeah it means a lot. I think this club, this team deserves it. We are grateful for being still in the competition. Reaching the semi-finals for the first time. Obviously weโ€™re very happy with it.

 "I donโ€™t think we played well at all in the first 15 minutes, we were a bit scared to lose something. But then we got better, we were able to hold more possession, keep the ball and create a couple of good chances. 

"Then our target at half time was to come back into the game to score the first goal. Thatโ€™s exactly what we did and weโ€™re proud of that."


'Winning in style'

 Richard Dunne's assessment:

"To put a performance like that in when youโ€™re 1-0 down, up against it,  thereโ€™s nerves, memories of whatโ€™s happened before, to put that aside. 

"You want to play what you know, City kept a style theyโ€™ve used all season.

"When we got 2-1 up we were so calm and relaxed and almost enjoyed it. The pressure had gone, the goals were great."


'De Bruyne led from the front'

Kevin Horlock's full time verdict:

"KDB led as a captain from the front, drove forward and had moments of brilliance. Once we got the extra goal, the shackles were off and we were comfortable.

"It was what we expected as Blues, nervy, moments where we doubted it but we go home happy tonight."


Oh What A Night....

Football can put you through the emotional wringer but nights like this make al the heartache and setbacks worth it.

The spirit and belief in this squad feels unstoppable right now.

Tonight felt like a huge moment in our collective season. To pass a test like that after falling behind speaks volumes.


Elsewhere tonight...

Real Madrid are also through to the last four after drawing 0-0 away at Liverpool to seal a 3-1 aggregate win.

So the semi finals will be:

Paris St Germain v City

Chelsea v Real Madrid.




All over and we're in the Champions League semi-finals!!!

No quarter-final jinx this time with Riyad Mahrez's penalty and Phil Foden's stunner sealing a deserved 2-1 win.

GET IN!!!!!


Time almost up here.

Dortmund have been the toughest of opponents but City have been worthy winners.

Whatever the challenge we always find a way.


Almost three...

City somehow spurn a three on one break which should have brought us a third goal.

In our defence there are a few tired limbs out there after the shift they have put in.


Spring offensive

City have been quite magnificent in this second half.

A mouth watering semi-final with PSG is beckoning... as is an FA Cup semi-final, a Carabao Cup final and the title.

Hold on to your hats folks, it's going to be a special few weeks.


Blue heaven ๐Ÿ’™

No less than we deserved - and that gaol came just after Hitz had denied De Bruyne what would have been one of the goals of the season.

Dortmund need three gaols now in the last 12 minutes.

I don't think that is going to happen.


What a goal!!

Phil gathers the ball and blasts in a stunning shot which fizzes on off the post - and he runs straight to the touchline to celebrate with Pep.

Brilliant. Just brilliant!


Stick or twist?

Another City goal would surely seal the deal tonight.

Dortmund will have to throw a bit more caution to the wind which may open up gaps at the back.


Set fair

Just the nine corners for City so far to Dortmund's one.

So much to admire about our collective game once again tonight with the stakes at their highest.



Oh my.

A Hummels header is literally inches away from the target the defender rising superbly to meet Reus's superb free kick.

A timely reminder that this tie still in the melting pot.


Leading man ๐Ÿ’ช

Kevin De Bruyne has been absolutely incredible tonight.

Talk about leading by example, he has been everywhere.

What a player.



Gundogan angry at Bellingham over some incident.

Most unlike Ilkay that and the Spanish referee is having a quiet word with our midfield maestro.

So much at stake here tonight. You can cut the tension with a knife.


Brilliant block ๐Ÿ’™

Rodri puts his body on the line in the City box as he dives to shut out Dahoud's goal bound shot after the hosts made their first meaningful attack of the second half


Spot on!!

It looked like KDB was going to take the spot kick but Riyad grabbed the ball and made no mistake.

City level on the night, ahead on aggregate and in the driving seat.


Dancing feet

Now Bernardo almost dances huis way through four Dortmund players in the box but Mahrez is then shut out of space.

Wonderful feet from Silva.


Bench press ๐Ÿ’™

With the likes of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus waiting in the wings plenty of options for City on the bench too tonight.


Keep the faith!! ๐Ÿ’™

Kevin Horlock's view:

"City will create chances, have we got to cool head to finish? Hopefully weโ€™ll clear our heads, show calm minds and get back to business."


Middle march

 Richard Dunne's half time thoughts:

"There were certainly some good parts of that half. Chances created, good possession it was just the goal set us back.

"I think City are always better playing through the centre so a little bit more of that will create opportunities."


Time gentlemen please...

Still plenty of time to turn this around. City much more assured in the second part of that opening half.

Sooner or later you feel that pressure could earn its just reward.


Half time

Not what we wanted at the break with Jude Bellingham's strike putting Dortmund ahead on the night and on the tie on away goals.

Big second half to come.


Now Reus and Bellingham combine to frustrate Zinchenko as he seeks to whip in a  cross from the left.

The hosts working overtime so far to try and keep City out.


Not again...

Hitz is there again, this time to deny Zinchenko with a close range header from another City corner.

Eight attempts so far from City but its Dortmund with the game's sole goal so far.


Taste for travel

Worth reminding everyone we have won our last 15 away games in all competitions.

Pep's men know how to find a way through. No need to doubt them now.



Knauf clears a teasing Zinchenko cross and the ball is reworked through brilliant work by Foden on the flank and Hitz comes out to deny Mahrez's goal bound shot.

City geting closer and closer.


Knocking on the door

Now Dortmund keeper Hitz produces a smart block to cut out a dangerous City cut back with Foden waiting to pounce.

The tempo has been raised here with De Bruyne now sending in a free kick which is deflected behind.

Much better from us.


City hit the bar!

Aarrgh. De Bruyne wins possession on the edge of the box and then smashes in a superb shot which smashes back off the bar before Bernardo sends a follow up header just wide.

So close



A Mahrez inswinging corner is met by Rodri's header but the effort is deflected behind for another set piece.

From the second corner Walker tries a rather ambitious shot which doesn't trouble the Borussia keeper


Just seen a replay of the goal.

Ederson got a strong hand to the shot but couldn't keep it out. 

Bellingham a serious talent - we need to keep a tight rein on him for the  rest of the night.


Dortmund now ahead on away goals.

The good news is that there is still 70 minutes to change the picture but nervy moments as Reus sees a shot deflected.

Warning signs aplenty


Fine strike

Not what we wanted.

Haaland drove into the City box and his lay off saw a shot which was deflected into Bellingham's path.

The teenager executed a shot superbly past Ederson into the top corner.

Time to respond lads.


Game of chess

City again working so hard when we don't have the ball.

Seeking to deny Dortmund any space or time on the ball.

Very much like a game of chess in these early stages - both sides seeking to make the most of any slip.


Press to play ๐Ÿ’ช

City seek to build up a head of steam on the edge of the Dortmund box with Rodri's attempted chip to Mahrez just headed clear.


Foden's on fire...

Richard Dunne on Phil Foden:

"When he lights it up thereโ€™s nobody better to watch. Heโ€™s been born and bred with this club and had it in his heart. Heโ€™s destroying some of the best teams in Europe, itโ€™s so good."


Ten minutes and counting folks... ๐Ÿ”Ÿ

Right, not going to lie.

Feeling that weird combination of being properly nervous/excited now - just want the game to start.

Come on, City!!!


Stat attack (part three)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น City haven't conceded in any of their last four Champions League away games - the last team to keep a clean sheet in five straight away games in the competition was Manchester United (6 in 2010-11).

 ๐Ÿ”น After losing three of his first five meetings with Borussia Dortmund in all competitions, City boss Pep Guardiola is unbeaten in his last seven against the German side (W4 D3).


'We're seeing the best of Gundogan'

Kevin Horlock on Ilkay Gundogan:

"Heโ€™s been unbelievable and Dortmund fans adore him, rightly so.

"Weโ€™re seeing the best of him now, heโ€™s developed so much and is an integral part of the squad."


'City's unsung hero'

Richard Dunne on Oleks Zinchenko:

"Always it seems to be Zinchenko who comes out, he plays in the big games.

"He never lets City down, he always plays well, he follows the role, follows the instructions and never lets us down."


Pep - I slept like a baby!

The boss on the overnight fireworks that went off outside the team hotel in Dortmund:

 "I was sleeping like a baby, I didnโ€™t realise it. But some people said they were there two times, no problem though, no problem"


The manager's pre-match thoughts...๐Ÿ‘‡

 Pep Guardiola:

"To get the finals you have to go for it. You cannot wait, it doesn't matter the result of the first leg.

"We are not used to just defending a result. During the knockout stages there isn't the same game in the same pattern, there are up and downs in the game, you have to control the emotions but the best way is concentrating on what you have to do and not the consequence."


'A new year, a new opportunity'

Richard Dunne:

"There is a belief but also an expectation amongst themselves. They have an opportunity to put last year right, this is a new year, a new chance, a new opportunity.

"Thereโ€™s still nerves with some passes going astray in the first leg but that early goal means that goes away straight away.

"An empty stadium, if you can take the desire out of the Dortmund players early on you can relax a bit more."


Ilkay on his love for the Champions League

Ilkay Gundogan:

โ€œThe Champions League is a great competition to be a part of. I remember growing up and watching Champions League games with the family. It was like a festival.

โ€œIt's the highest level you can play. Thatโ€™s what I love about the competition. It is something I definitely want to achieve, to win the trophy.

โ€œWe have a really good chance with this club. It is not just about chances, it is about taking them. We try to go step to step. This year is another chance.โ€


'Unbelievable Dias'

Kevin Horlock on Ruben Dias:

"Heโ€™s massive for us, heโ€™s brought that leadership and, by the looks of it everyone loves him  heโ€™s obviously a good character.

"Heโ€™s been an unbelievable signing."


Stat attack (part two)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น In major European competition, City have progressed from 13 of their 15 knockout stage ties when winning the first leg, falling against Juventus in the 1976-77 UEFA Cup and against Monaco in the 2016-17 Champions League.

 ๐Ÿ”น In Champions League history, the side winning the first leg of a knockout stage tie 2-1 at home has been eliminated (15) more often than they've progressed (12).


Flexible friends

Richard Dunne on City's set-up:

"If Dortmund are overloading we have players who can drop back and defend more than a normal number nine, but itโ€™s so exciting because you never know where the next attack is coming from.

"They can all mix it up. Itโ€™ll keep Dortmund on their toes and create opportunities."


'Confident over two legs'

Richard Dunne's early thoughts:

"Iโ€™m confident over the two legs itโ€™s a lot easier to dominate rather than in a one off. Coming into this game tonight with he confidence that we can create chances.

"Hopefully weโ€™ll take them and to get an away goal would be hugely important to ease the nerves."


More from the boss...๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿป

 Pep Guardiola:

โ€œI am pretty sure they (Dortmund) will have chances because in the last 26 or 27 games they have scored.

โ€œWhat we have to do is score goals and to do that we have to be effective up front and win the game.

โ€œYou have to try and execute our plan. It doesnโ€™t matter what happens in the first leg, you have a chance in the second."


Here's how we line up tonight... โšฝ๏ธ

Pep Guardiola makes seven changes from the side that played Leeds last weekend.

CITY XI: Ederson, Walker, Stones, Dias, Zinchenko, Rodrigo, Gundogan, De Bruyne (c), Bernardo, Foden, Mahrez

Subs: Steffen, Trafford, Ake, Cancelo, Garcia, Laporte, Mendy, Fernandinho, Torres, Sterling, Jesus


Stat attack (part one)...๐Ÿ“ˆ

 ๐Ÿ”น Borussia Dortmund's only previous home meeting with City ended in a 1-0 victory for the German side, in the Champions League group stages in December 2012.

 ๐Ÿ”น Dortmund have lost their last two home games against English sides in the Champions League (vs Spurs in both 2017-18 and 2018-19), having lost just one of their first seven such matches (W4 D2).


KDB on his love of football

Some fascinating insights from our Belgian maestro regarding his lifelong passion for the game...

"This object [a football] has been my life, I would say, you know? Itโ€™s been a way of life. 

"Obviously Iโ€™ve got a family, Iโ€™ve got three beautiful children, but, yeah, everything around that has been around this thing, playing football and, okay, itโ€™s my profession now.

 "Iโ€™ve been doing this for about 25, 26 years, so Iโ€™ve been doing this for a long time now." 


Pep's pre-match thoughts...๐Ÿ‘‡

 Pep Guardiola:

"We know what we have to do. If we want to win, we have to deserve it, we have to go for it. That is going to happen, the way we have done many times this season.

โ€œOf course we have to control emotions, but sometimes you need emotions in the good way to win these games. We are not going to do anything special, just go there to win the game and each one will need to be a leader on the pitch.

โ€œThe guy who feels comfortable during the game take more responsibility to be more involved in the game.

"For the guys who are more nervous or quieter, do your job, play simple and maybe five minutes later you are ready to make a good performance.โ€

Read the managerโ€™s preview, here.


Eyes on the prize... ๐Ÿ’ช

Joining Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals last night were Chelsea who edged out Porto 2-1 on aggregate in their quarter-final clash.

Tonight's other last eight tie sees Liverpool play host to Real Madrid seeking to overturn a 3-1 deficit from their first leg.

I think we could say the Champions League is coming to the boil!


How are we all feeling? ๐Ÿ’™

Not going to lie. There's an extra knot in the stomach ahead of tonight.

Huge game, huge stakes but the good news is that pressure always seems to bring out of the side.

Can't wait for kick-off... what a prospect we have in store!


Waiting in the wings...

The reward for tonight's victor will be a semi-final encounter against Paris Saint-Germain.

Despite a 1-0 second leg quarter-final loss at the Parc des Princes last night, Mauricio Pochettino's French side edged out holders Bayern Munich 3-3 on aggregate, going through on the away goals rule.

So the likes of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe await in the last four.

What an incentive!


Early team news ๐Ÿ“‹

 ๐Ÿ”น Sergio Aguero has not travelled to Germany as injury keeps him out for the second consecutive game, but Aymeric Laporte, who was also not involved against Leeds United at the weekend, was part of the 22-man City squad which jetted out to Germany yesterday.  

 ๐Ÿ”น Dortmund will be without Jadon Sancho, who misses out on a reunion with his former club. The England winger has returned to training following a muscle injury but manager Edin Terziฤ‡ has ruled him out of the tie. 



The latest Champions League matchday means the welcome return of We're Not Really Here, our must-watch live show.

Presenter Cel Spellman will be joined by City icons, Richard Dunne and Kevin Horlock for tonight's edition, which is available to watch across all of our digital platforms.

We're Not Really Here will begin at 18:55 (UK), and will give you a City-focused build up to our crucial second leg assignment in Germany.

We will be back in studio at half-time to dissect the first 45 minutes, and then return at full-time where Dunne and Horlock will give their post-match analysis, and respond to the full-time thoughts of our fans.

You can get involved in the show by using #WNRH on Twitter.

It's must-see coverage for every City fan. Highly recommended!


Matchday greetings! โšฝ

A very good afternoon/morning/evening/night wherever you may be in the world.

It's a pleasure to be bringing you coverage of tonight's huge Champions League quarter-final second leg decider away to Borussia Dortmund.

City will step out at the Signal Iduna Park holding a crucial 2-1 lead from last week's first leg for one of the most eagerly anticipated games of the season to date.

If last week's encounter is anything to go by we should be in for an absolute cracker tonight as we seek to clinch a place in the semi-finals.

As ever, we'll bring you closer to the action with all of the pre-match build-up, live coverage and post-match reaction right here in the Matchday Centre and on - so stay tuned!

How are you feeling ahead of the game/ Confident? Nervous? Excited? Let us know on Twitter, using the hashtag #WNRH. We'd love to hear from you.


Borussia Dortmund v City

Hello! ๐Ÿ‘‹

Welcome to the Matchday Centre for Manchester Cityโ€™s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Borussia Dortmund.

Pep Guardiolaโ€™s side hold a 2-1 lead from the opening fixture at the Etihad Stadium last week and will be hoping to build on that as we look qualify for the semi-finals of the competition for the second time in our history. 

The game kicks off at 20:00 (UK) and weโ€™ll have minute-by-minute coverage, including our live Weโ€™re Not Really Here show, from 18:00.

Before then, you can check out all the important information you need to know ahead of the game below.

See you later!

We're Not Really Here ๐Ÿ“บ

Richard Dunne and Kevin Horlock are the guests on our live matchday show as they join host Cel Spellman in the studio at the Etihad Stadium to provide the usual mix of analysis and opinion.

The show gets under way at 18:55 (UK) and will return at half-time and full-time and you can watch it all right here in our Matchday Centre!

Early team news

๐Ÿ”ต Sergio Aguero has not travelled to Germany as injury keeps him out for the second consecutive game, but Aymeric Laporte, who was also not involved against Leeds United at the weekend, is back in the squad. 

๐ŸŸก Dortmund will be without Jadon Sancho, who misses out on a reunion with his former club. The England winger has returned to training following a muscle injury but manager Edin Terziฤ‡ has ruled him out of the tie.

Pep Guardiola โ€“ We need leaders

โ€œWe know what we have to do. If we want to win, we have to deserve it, we have to go for it. That is going to happen, the way we have done many times this season.

โ€œOf course we have to control emotions, but sometimes you need emotions in the good way to win these games. We are not going to do anything special, just go there to win the game and each one will need to be a leader on the pitch.

โ€œThe guy who feels comfortable during the game take more responsibility to be more involved in the game. For the guys who are more nervous or quieter, do your job, play simple and maybe five minutes later you are ready to make a good performance.โ€

Read the managerโ€™s preview, here.

Edin Terziฤ‡ preview

"The belief here is great, but that alone will not be enough. We have shown that we can hold out against top teams. It will be a brutally difficult task. We have to work hard and be courageous tomorrow.

"Jadon [Sancho] won't be at our disposal, although he is giving his best to return as best as possible. We would like to have him with us tomorrow but we have to take our time with him so he's not an option."

Other games that day

  • Liverpool0
    Real Madrid0

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 FC Porto 6 +7 13
3 Olympiakos 6 -8 3
4 Marseille 6 -11 3
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