Borussia Dortmund drew 0-0 with already qualified Manchester City on Tuesday to book their place in the Champions League knockout stage with one game to spare.
The result saw City, who missed a second-half penalty and have 11 points, top Group G while Dortmund, out of eight, clinched the second qualifying ticket, locking in second place ahead of Sevilla, third, who has five points. “We played much better in the second half. In the first half we conceded a few balls and lost a few counter-attacks,” said City coach Pep Guardiola.
“Since I’ve been here we’ve missed 24 or 25 penalties, it’s too many. You always have to admire courage, but missing so many penalties is a problem. We have to improve.” this competition and these situations can make the difference,” he added.
The Germans, who needed a point to advance, got off to a good start with Karim Adeyemi causing serious speed problems on the right wing. The Germany international netted an early shot on goal, testing City keeper Stefan Ortega on his first appearance.
Gio Reyna came close in the 25th minute with a low shot but it was unmarked Youssoufa Moukoko who should have scored a bit later but instead missed his best chance from six yards out. In an unremarkable return to Dortmund where he had scored 86 goals in 89 appearances until his departure in June, City top scorer Erling Haaland was completely ruled out by defender Mats Hummels in the first half.
The English champions failed to manage a single shot on target and the Norwegian was taken off at half-time. “Erling had a bit of a fever before the game, Joao Cancelo too. They were tired so we made some changes,” Guardiola said.
They could have taken the lead when Riyad Mahrez was knocked down in the box. The Algerian, who also missed a shot on goal the previous day against FC Copenhagen, was beaten by Dortmund’s Gregor Kobel, who chose the right corner to fend off his shot.
Kobel also did well to save Julian Alvarez’s shot in the 67th minute in what turned out to be City’s first and only chance in open play. “We finally rewarded ourselves against City with the point today,” said Dortmund coach Edin Terzic. “We played a very good first half. Rarely have I seen a City game where they had so few chances.”
Sevilla, third with five points, will continue in the Europa League after beating Copenhagen 10 3-0 earlier on Tuesday.
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