Manchester City took a slim lead in their Champions League quarter-final first leg against Borussia Dortmund at Etihad Stadium thanks to a last-gasp goal from Phil Foden.
City’s chances of reaching the semi-finals seemed to be in doubt when Marco Reus scored a vital away goal for Dortmund with a cool finish from Erling Haaland’s pass six minutes from time.
Kevin De Bruyne, who had put City ahead after 19 minutes with a crisp finish, was involved again in the final minute of normal time when his fine cross was touched back by Ilkay Gundogan for Foden to stroke the ball past Marwin Hitz.
It was a bitter blow for Dortmund, who would leave Manchester with a burning sense of injustice aimed at Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan, who controversially ruled out Jude Bellingham’s second-half goal with Manchester City leading 1-0.
Bellingham beat Ederson to a through pass, but the referee blew for a foul against Borussia Dortmund with the England star charging into an empty net – not even allowing VAR to intervene, which would have almost certainly awarded a goal.
Manchester City, who had a penalty award overturned by VAR in the first half, showed admirable character and resolve to respond to the blow of Reus’ goal by scoring the winner, putting them in a commanding position ahead of the return leg in Germany.