Manchester City came from a goal behind to beat German side Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Etihad in a UEFA Champions League Group G matchup. And of course, it was former Dortmund star Erling Haaland that decided the game with an impeccable finish in the 84th minute, with the striker saying in his post-match interview that “they [Dortmund] didn’t stop me!”
Dortmund went a goal ahead after a header from England International Jude Bellingham, who’s being touted by all of Europe’s elite ahead of a likely move next year. The Black and Yellows did well defensively to keep City out until the 80-minute mark, especially since Dortmund looked so vulnerable in their 3-0 defeat at RB Leipzig on the weekend.
However, City’s quality eventually came through, with the help of some questionable goalkeeping, as John Stones blasted in the equalizer in the 80th minute before Haaland’s winner four minutes later.
Speaking after the game, the Norwegian goal-scoring machine had this to say (via Man City website): “It’s good to see everyone from Dortmund. They didn’t stop me, I scored!
“They played well, they were good. I was quite sure I was going to be followed the whole game because Edin [Dortmund boss Terzic] knows me very well.
“Dortmund was really good today. In the end, the three points is what matters.”
Haaland bagged his 13th goal of the season across all competitions in just 9 games. Ilkay Gündogan spoke in the pre-match press conference about Haaland’s elite mentality, and it was evident once again last night. Not only does the City number 9 have the desire to score goals every single game, but he’s also a team player.
“In the end we showed what we are, this is what we are and this is how we have to play,” said the striker when asked about City’s performance.
“I’m proud of the last 20 to 25 minutes. We scored two wonderful goals today, mine was a bit better honestly! Nice cross from Cancelo.” Man City will be looking to make it three wins on the spin on Saturday ahead of their lunchtime kickoff against Wolves at Molineux. Haaland will be hungry to add to his already astonishing 10 Premier League goals in just 6 appearances. Last night, Haaland became the youngest Champions League player to score for and against the same team. He will have his sights set on Mo Salah’s record of 32 goals in a single PL campaign, one that Haaland is well on course to beat.