Wednesday October 3, 2012 Group Stage: Group D Finished Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 1 - 1 Borussia Dortmund

  • Balotelli 90’ (pen.)
  • Reus 61’

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    • Manchester City
    • Borussia Dortmund
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    • 90+5' The final whistle goes, and this highly entertaining game has ended honours even. It would surely have been an away win were it not for Joe Hart's performance in the City goal.
    • 90+4' Kolarov does thunder a strike into the area but it's deflected and Dortmund can clear.
    • 90+3' Reus is booked for a foul wide on the right. Kolarov is thinking about taking a shot from here...
    • 90+1' Lewandowski hits a well-struck effort that's a good height for Hart but the keeper still has to make what has been another high quality save!
    • 90' Dortmund attack now and Grosskreutz's cross is volleyed over on the run from Reus.
    • 90' GOAL!! Cool. As. You. Like. Balotelli gives Weidenfeller the eyes, sends him the wrong way and rolls the ball into the opposite corner!
    • 88' PENALTY!! The corner is cleared but the second ball comes to Aguero. The striker hooks the ball across and it hits Subotic on the arm and the referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot. Balotelli will take the kick.
    • 88' dortmund substitution: Sebastian Kehl replaces Goetze.
    • 88' City still coming forward, and Aguero gets his head to a cross but Weidenfeller bats it away! corner to City.
    • 87' City launch a counter-attack after a Dortmund free-kick but the German side get back in numbers so quickly.
    • 86' Dortmund doing a good job of denying City a final assault on their goal.
    • 85' Yaya Toure is booked for a foul which was borne out of frustration.
    • 82' Dortmund substitution: Kevin Grosskreutz replaces Gundogan.
    • 81' City substitution: Mario Balotelli replaces Clichy.
    • 80' It's another disappointing set piece from City and Weidenfeller catches with ease.
    • 79' Gundogan is taken off the pitch for treatment and City can take the corner.
    • 78' Gundogan goes down injured and the referee waves play on. The midfielder took an almighty bump from behind from Zabaleta there.
    • 76' BIG MISS BY LEWANDOWSKI!! Wonderful curling cross from the right by Gundogan and the Poland striker fires wide first time!
    • 74' Dortmund substitution: Felipe Santana replaces Hummels.
    • 73' Aguero surges in from the left again and this time he's barges over by Blaszczykowksi. It was technically shoulder-to-shoulder, but some referees would have given a foul there.
    • 71' Aguero played in down the left channel. Weidenfeller comes off his line and the striker tries to square the ball to Dzeko, but Mats hummels is the man who gets there first to clear.
    • 70' Kolarov's corner is poor and it's headed clear.
    • 69' Clichy's cross is put behind for a corner. City need a lift here.
    • 68' Looks like Mancini is trying to tell his players to move back to a back four.
    • 67' More great build-up from Dortmund before Gundogan's curling shot is tipped behind by Hart!
    • 66' Plenty of pressure from Dortmund here. The tactical switch to three at the top for City has made them far more vulnerable.
    • 65' Reus played in by one of his own team-matyes this time, and the low shot is blocked by the inside of Hart's leg and across the face of goal for a corner!
    • 63' That's Reus's fifth goal of the season for Dortmund, and his fourth in three games!
    • 62' GOAL!! Dortmund take the lead! Rodwell gives the ball right to Reus who hares forward into the box. The Germany forward hits a shot across Hart that the keeper can't get a strong enough hand to and it hits the back of the net!
    • 60' Great first touch from Silva to guide a pass around the corner into Aguero's run, but the striker was just offside.
    • 58' Blaszczykowski is the first player to go into the referee's book this evening for a cynical bodycheck on Kolarov.
    • 58' Silva's corner drops inside the Dortmund area but none of the City players can get a shot away.
    • 57' City substitution: Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Nasri.
    • 56' First real bit of poor judgement from akeeper tonight as Weidenfeller comes to tip a cross away but only succeeds in cnceding a corner.
    • 55' Zabaleta goes sprinting down the right on the overlap. Silva feeds his run but the cross is blocked. The City right-back has been having a great game.
    • 54' Brilliant down the right from Blaszczykowski and Piszczek to set up Goetze for the first-time strike... Again Hart saves, this time at full stretch to tip around the far post!
    • 52' It was Nastasic giving the ball away cheaply which led to that chance.
    • 51' Great ball from Lewandowski into Reus's path but Zabaleta makes another great tackle on the edge of the box.
    • 50' Dzeko does well to take Toure's diagonal ball on his chest, turn and stab an effort at goal in one motion, but the shot is an easy catch for Weidenfeller.
    • 48' Elsewhere this evening Arsenal are drawing at home to Olympiacos, Real Madrid are winning at Ajax and PSG are goalless at Porto. Live scores and scorers
    • 47' Kompany gifts possession right to Reus on the wing. Fortunately for City as a whole and their captain in particular, Reus gives the ball right back to him!
    • 46' After a short delay as we waited for the City team to emerge from the dressing room, Dortmund get the second half underway. No changes at the break for either side.
    • 45+1' The whistle blows for half-time, and so far it's been a tale of two keepers. Surely this game won't finish goalless.
    • 45+1' Final chance of the first half lands right at the feet of Gundogan inside the box... Fired too close to Hart who parries two-handed!
    • 45' Aguero's weaving run ends in him getting tackled, but Zabaleta takes the loose ball down the wing. The cross is chipped over Dzeko's head and Silva sidefoots over the bar!
    • 44' Blaszczykowski fires a great cross in from the right. Zabaleta missed his header but Goetze had checked his run in behind the City man.
    • 43' Dzeko is flagged offside again. If City are trying to hit him quickly he needs to adjust his movement.
    • 42' City trying to slow the pace down after that spell from Dortmund that could well have seen them take the lead.
    • 40' Great football from Dortmund there for both of those chances in quick succession.
    • 39' Goetze is in the box on the left but Hart is off his line to block the effort. Somehow Goetze pops on the other side of the box in no time and Hart palms the second shot onto the bar!
    • 38' A nice one-touch move from Dortmund takes the ball across the edge of the City box but Zabaleta slides in with a well-timed tackle.
    • 37' Silva is playing better than he has for a while here. He's at the heart of everything good about City going forward.
    • 36' Dortmund's quick counter earns them a corner. Again Hart punches clear. A few groans from the home crowd that he didn't catch that one. Neven Subotic's shot from range swings wide of the target.
    • 35' Great work from Silva in midfield, twisting and turning away from three players before picking out Aguero. The striker's effort from range is tipped over the bar by Weidenfeller!
    • 34' City substitution: Jack Rodwell replaces Javi Garcia.
    • 33' Javi Garcia has gone down clutching his thigh and has signalled to the bench. Looks like his game is over.
    • 32' Vincent Kompany's tackle starts a City counter-attack, but Dortmund regroup quickly as Nasri carries the ball into their half.
    • 31' Replays of that second ball into the City box just now show the ball bounced off Zabaleta's arms before it went to Hart, but there was little the City defender could have done about it.
    • 30' City beginning to look more potent going forward now they are playing a bit more direct to the front men. Aguero is flagged offside wide on the left.
    • 29' Reus swings in a free-kick from the left that Hart comes out to punch away. The second ball is sent in but the England keeper claims it.
    • 27' Silva with another reverse pass into Aguero's run and the Argentina striker's low shot is again blocked by Weidenfeller! The Dortmund keeper has been quick off his line to great effect twice now.
    • 26' Dzeko times his run well to take Gael Clichy's long ball onto his chest, but the flag is up for offside.
    • 25' City have had 65 per cent of the possession so far, but Dortmund have had more shots - five to their hosts' three.
    • 24' Aguero tracks back as Blaszczykowski crosses the halfway line. The striker fouls the Dortmund man.
    • 23' Klopp's decision to play Blaszczykowski more centrally has paid off so far. Yaya Toure has not been able to exert his usual influence up until now.
    • 22' Someone who is in the ground but looking less amused is Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson. The Old Trafford just let out a big yawn.
    • 20' The 3,000 Dortmund fans in the ground have brought a little bit of their ground's famous Sudtribune to the Etihad tonight. They are all pogoing in unison in a way which puts the Poznan to shame.
    • 19' City emerge from that spell with the ball in the Dortmund half, but the move fizzles out.
    • 18' Neither team can get hold of the ball in midfield at the moment. This already feels like a pivotal part of the game.
    • 17' This may not exactly be news, but it's tipping it down with rain in Manchester this evening. Should certainly helps things along as this game starts to open up a bit more.
    • 16' Good attacking spell this from Dortmund. Reus, Goetze, Blaszczykowski all involved.
    • 15' Marcel Schmelzer plays a clever one-two with Blaszczykowski on the left. The full-back's cross is blocked.
    • 14' Great footwork from on the right wing. He gets a reverse pass into Zabaleta but his cross finds a yellow shirt.
    • 12' Marco Reus takes the corner. Goetze again with the effort but Javi Garcia blocks it.
    • 11' They come forward now and it's Mario Goetze who strikes... Joe Hart makes a good two-handed save!
    • 10' City have had more of the ball so far, as you would expect, but Dortmund look primed for the coutner-attack.
    • 8' Aguero shapes up to shoot near the edge of the box but Weidenfeller is quick off his line to block the shot! David Silva then sneaks the ball into the area again but Pablo zabaleta's left-footed shot is sliced over the bar!
    • 6' Plenty of zip and purpose about Dortmund when they have the chance to go forward. Lukasz Piszczek's cross from the right is headed wide by Lewandowski.
    • 5' Dzeko muscles a Gundogan off the ball and is penalised for a foul. Bit harsh on the Bosnian.
    • 4' This is already a key game for City. Last season they lost and drew in their first two games and ended up going out at the group stage despite eventually amassing 10 points.
    • 2' From the early exchanges it looks as though Sergio Aguero is going to be attacking more from the left of the attack, with Edin Dzeko central.
    • 1' We're underway at the Etihad! Right away Samir Nasri has a shot blocked by goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller!
    • 19:42 The players are walking out onto the pitch now. You can share your houghts during the game on Twitter @tony_mabert. Follow on Twitter
    • 19:40 This is the first ever meeting between these two clubs. City have won three and drawn one of four home games in Europe against German opposition, but overall they have won four and lost four of nine meetings with teams from the Bundesliga. Dortmund have won two and lost five of seven trips to England in European competition, and have lost the last three in a row.
    • 19:35 Juergen Klopp: "I know City have sent people to watch us on a number of occasions so they won't be surprised by us. We'll have to wait and see, but Mancini is Italian and [three at the back] is obviously a favoured system over there, with the likes of Juve using it successfully. We'll have to see if they go 4-3-3 or 3-4-3. We saw their game against Arsenal, which was a 1-1 draw, and that was quite important as I think the way Arsenal play is quite similar to us."
    • 19:30 Mancini on Dortmund: "Borussia Dortmund are one of the best teams in Europe. They are a young team with really good players and good quality. They are really strong up front with Reus, Lewandowski and Goetze. Their manager is a very good manager. It is important to get into the second stage and after that anything can happen because we are a good team."
    • 19:25 Roberto Mancini on being drawn in another 'Group of Death': "This is the second year for us in the Champions League and the second year that we got the worst group. Like we have improved (over the years) in the Premier League, we need time to improve in the Champions League, but we don't have a lot of time - only five more games, and we need to improve quickly."
    • 19:20 Dortmund bring top striker Robert Lewandowski back into the starting line-up. The Poland international was rested on Saturday ahead of the Champions League encounter after playing 62 consecutive games in all competitions since March 2011. Defender Patrick Owomoyela has a calf strain.
    • 19:15 Dzeko's starting berth is reward for his good form of late. Three of his four goals this season have come as a substitute for the big Bosnian. Nastasic makes his fourth start for City since making his debut agaisnt Real. Midfielder Jack Rodwell available again after missing two games with a groin problem, and he is on the bench. Full-backs Maicon (heel) and Micah Richards (ankle) are not yet ready to return to action.
    • 19:10 In his latest blog for Eurosport, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger speaks of his high regard for Dortmund boss Juergen Klopp: "He is a guy who enjoys life, who has overseen a true metamorphosis within Dortmund and who has proven that each coach must have his own personality and should express it with his team. I have much respect and admiration for him." Read the full blog here
    • 19:05 After their thrilling 3-2 defeat at the Bernabeu in their last European outing, City will hope to get off and running in their first home game of the campaign. Dortmund won 1-0 against Ajax on Matchday One courtesy of Robert Lewandowski's late winner. Group D details
    • 19:00 Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy, Garcia, Y Toure, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Rodwell, Tévez, Balotelli /// Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Bender, Gungoan, Goetze, Reus, Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski. Subs: Langerak, Felipe Santana, Kehl, Leitner, Grosskreutz, Perisic, Schieber.
    • 18:55 Full teams to follow shortly, but for City Edin Dzeko gets the nod ahead of Carlos Tevez and Matija Nastasic is preferred to Joleon Lescott.
    • 18:50 You can share your thoughts with me before and during the match via Twitter @tony_mabert. Follow me on Twitter
    • 18:45 Welcome to Eurosport's LIVE coverage of the Champions League Group D clash between English champions Manchester City and German title-holders Borussia Dortmund at the Etihad Stadium.
  • Summary

    • 90+1' Lewandowski hits a well-struck effort that's a good height for Hart but the keeper still has to make what has been another high quality save!
    • 90' GOAL!! Cool. As. You. Like. Balotelli gives Weidenfeller the eyes, sends him the wrong way and rolls the ball into the opposite corner!
    • 88' PENALTY!! The corner is cleared but the second ball comes to Aguero. The striker hooks the ball across and it hits Subotic on the arm and the referee does not hesitate in pointing to the spot. Balotelli will take the kick.
    • 88' City still coming forward, and Aguero gets his head to a cross but Weidenfeller bats it away! corner to City.
    • 76' BIG MISS BY LEWANDOWSKI!! Wonderful curling cross from the right by Gundogan and the Poland striker fires wide first time!
    • 67' More great build-up from Dortmund before Gundogan's curling shot is tipped behind by Hart!
    • 65' Reus played in by one of his own team-matyes this time, and the low shot is blocked by the inside of Hart's leg and across the face of goal for a corner!
    • 62' GOAL!! Dortmund take the lead! Rodwell gives the ball right to Reus who hares forward into the box. The Germany forward hits a shot across Hart that the keeper can't get a strong enough hand to and it hits the back of the net!
    • 54' Brilliant down the right from Blaszczykowski and Piszczek to set up Goetze for the first-time strike... Again Hart saves, this time at full stretch to tip around the far post!
    • 45+1' Final chance of the first half lands right at the feet of Gundogan inside the box... Fired too close to Hart who parries two-handed!
    • 45' Aguero's weaving run ends in him getting tackled, but Zabaleta takes the loose ball down the wing. The cross is chipped over Dzeko's head and Silva sidefoots over the bar!
    • 39' Goetze is in the box on the left but Hart is off his line to block the effort. Somehow Goetze pops on the other side of the box in no time and Hart palms the second shot onto the bar!
    • 35' Great work from Silva in midfield, twisting and turning away from three players before picking out Aguero. The striker's effort from range is tipped over the bar by Weidenfeller!
    • 27' Silva with another reverse pass into Aguero's run and the Argentina striker's low shot is again blocked by Weidenfeller! The Dortmund keeper has been quick off his line to great effect twice now.
    • 11' They come forward now and it's Mario Goetze who strikes... Joe Hart makes a good two-handed save!
    • 8' Aguero shapes up to shoot near the edge of the box but Weidenfeller is quick off his line to block the shot! David Silva then sneaks the ball into the area again but Pablo zabaleta's left-footed shot is sliced over the bar!
    • 19:00 Manchester City: Hart, Zabaleta, Nastasic, Kompany, Clichy, Garcia, Y Toure, Silva, Nasri, Aguero, Dzeko. Subs: Pantilimon, Lescott, Kolarov, Milner, Rodwell, Tévez, Balotelli /// Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller, Subotic, Hummels, Piszczek, Schmelzer, Bender, Gungoan, Goetze, Reus, Blaszczykowski, Lewandowski. Subs: Langerak, Felipe Santana, Kehl, Leitner, Grosskreutz, Perisic, Schieber.
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    Manager: Jürgen Klopp

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