Erling Holland inspired Manchester City to a wonderful comeback against his former team Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City won 2:1 Borussia Dortmund after a complete turnaround in a second round group stage match at Champions League. The “Citizens” managed to turn things in their favor only 10 minutes before the end of regular time and thus occupy the first place in Group “G”.

Jude Bellingham opened the scoring (56′). Parity for the hosts was restored by John Stones (80′), and Erling Holland (84′) made a complete turnaround

FIRST HALF:

In their attempt to get to know the opponent, the two teams started the match at a moderate pace and without any special situations in front of the two goals. On the other hand, both home and visiting fans showed that they will support their favorites with all their efforts.

The first accurate shot in the match came in favor of Borussia. After a quick delivery of the ball and an exchange of quality passes, Salih Yozcan managed to deceive the opposing defense, freeing himself to shoot from the edge of the penalty area. However, his shot did not make it particularly difficult for Ederson. (15′)

Whether it was because of the high charge or fear of taking risks, with less than 10 minutes to go in the first 45 minutes, chances were lacking in front of both goals. Contrary to expectations, the players of the “yellow and black” were more assertive, but they lacked the key pass.

SECOND HALF-TIME:

The cleanest situation at the moment in the meeting was in front of Borussia. After a great counterattack at speed, Marco Reus received the ball on the left wing. The visiting captain feinted the opposing players flawlessly, curling a shot into the far corner. Centimeters did not reach the German to discover the result. (51′)

GOOOOL! The non-stop attempts to press the “yellow-black” gave their result. In the 56th minute, after a corner kick, Royce found himself again with a ball at his feet on the left flank. This time the experienced player opted for a shot cross, putting the leather ball on the head of the onrushing Jude Bellingham. The midfielder left Ederson no chance and opened the scoring. 0:1

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10 minutes later, Erling Holland could restore parity in the match. The Norwegian was forgotten by the defenders in yellow and advanced to the right in the penalty area. However, the angle in front of him was too small and he aimed for the post.

The defense of Borussia cracked again and luckily again the team led by Edin Terzic managed to score a goal. A strong pass from the left across the penalty area was headed for the foretaste of the goal, left alone in front of the empty net Holland. Just before the ball reached him, however, Hummels with a great split cleared in a corner kick. (72′)

GOOOOL! After another long play near the penalty area of ​​Dortmund, the “citizens” managed to equalize the result. From the edge of the penalty area, John Stones unleashed a powerful shot that fell just under Meyer’s crossbar. The keeper misjudged the flight of the ball and his poor display gave City reason to rejoice. (80′) 1:1

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GOOOOL! Just 4 minutes after equalizing the score, the “sky blues” turned it in their favor. After Cancelo’s wonderful cross with an outside volley, an even more incredible acrobatic performance by Erling Holland followed, punishing his former team. 2:1

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The match ended with several more chances in front of both goals. However, the two teams did not manage to take advantage of any of them. Thus, the “citizens” took the suffered success, occupying the first place in Group “G”.

STARTING LINE-UPS

Manchester City: Ederson, John Stones, Manuel Akanji, Nathan Ake, Joao Cancelo, Kevin de Bruyne, Rodry, Ilkay Gundogan (c), Riyad Mahrez, Erling Holland, Jack Grealish

Borussia Dortmund: Alexander Meier, Thomas Meunier, Niklas Suhle, Mats Hummels, Rafael Guerreiro, Salih Yozcan, Emre Can, Jude Bellingham, Marco Reus (c), Antony Modest, Giovanni Reina

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BEFORE THE MATCH

Manchester City kicked off the tournament with a crushing 4-0 away win over Sevilla to top the group. Pep Guardiola’s star-studded side are second in the Premier League, with the Citizens unbeaten in the Championship.

City’s last fixture on the Island was not played after the round was postponed due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Borussia Dortmund also achieved an emphatic victory in the first match of the group. The German giant won 3:0 over Danish Copenhagen.

In the Bundesliga, the team occupies fifth place, 2 points from the top. Dortmund crashed in their last match in the championship, losing 0:3 in their visit to RB Leipzig.

The two teams are not meeting for the first time in the Champions League. Most recently in the 2020/21 season, Manchester City beat Dortmund twice by 2:1 and qualified for the semi-finals. In 2012, they faced each other in the group stage. Then the match in England ended 1:1, and the Germans won 1:0 as hosts.

Now the intrigue is even greater because of Erling Holland. The Norwegian player moved to the Etihad in the summer from Borussia Dortmund. The bottom goal after goal Holland will face the former for the first time with a team and the whole football world is waiting to see if he will “forgive” the “yellow and black”.


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