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3 talking points as Manchester City win late against Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City scored a last-gasp winner over Borussia Dortmund to take a slender first leg lead in their Champions League tie.

Manchester City will head into the second leg of their Champions League fixture against Borussia Dortmund, with a slender, 2-1 lead over the German side. The second leg promises to be an exciting affair, as both sides have everything to play for in the crunch quarterfinal fixture.

The Sky Blues had to dig deep to grind out a 2-1 victory over Dortmund on Tuesday, courtesy of a late winner from Phil Foden. It will be a huge confidence booster for Pep Guardiola‘s men, who have failed to clear the quarterfinal hurdle on the past three occasions.

Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoring in the 19th minute, after he was set up perfectly by Riyad Mahrez. There was a controversial moment in the first half, when Jude Bellingham‘s goal was ruled out, despite replays showing that the 17-year old had won the ball cleanly off Ederson.

Marco Reus scored the equalizer for his side in the 84th minute, and became Dortmund’s top European goal-scorer in the process. However, just when it seemed that the German side would have a clear advantage through an away goal heading into the second leg, Foden rose up to the occasion and put the ball in the back of the net in the 90th minute.

Ilkay Gundogan deserves a lot of praise and applause for the second goal, as he controlled a difficult pass perfectly, before setting up the Englishman.

What are the three talking points from Manchester City’s victory over Dortmund?

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MANCHESTER CITY MIDFIELDERS PROVE PIVOTAL YET AGAIN

Kevin De Bruyne and Ilkay Gundogan seemed to be involved in every goal that Manchester City have scored recently. The duo have been controlling the game from the midfield and have been on the scoresheet on a regular basis and yet again, both players put in an incredible shift against Dortmund, and were directly involved inthe two goals that the hosts scored.

De Bruyne has a knack of finding himself in goal-scoring positions, and he gave the Sky Blues an early lead. It was Gundogan’s turn to showcase his brilliance in the 90th minute, when he controlled the ball immaculately and set up Foden for a simple finish. The midfielders have run the show in the Champions League this season and will be in line to win the individual accolades when Manchester City imminently end the season on a high.