Dortmund 1-2 Man City: Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez set up PSG semi-final despite Jude Bellingham goal

Malik Ouzia
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Manchester City are through to the Champions League semi-finals for only the second time in their history after Riyad Mahrez’s penalty and Phil Foden’s strike sealed a 4-2 aggregate triumph over Borussia Dortmund.

Leading 2-1 from the first leg at the Etihad, City were in danger of a fourth successive quarter-final exit when Jude Bellingham’s first Champions League goal put the German side ahead on away goals.

However, Mahrez converted from 12 yards shortly after half-time, before Foden’s second goal of the tie with a quarter-of-an-hour to play made it 2-1 on the night and put the City’s progression beyond doubt.

The result means Pep Guardiola has finally guided City into the last four of Europe’s premier club competition, where they will meet PSG, who knocked out holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday.

Having rotated heavily for the weekend defeat to Leeds, Guardiola returned to the bulk of the side which had started the first leg, Oleksandr Zinchenko replacing Joao Cancelo in the only change as the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Riyad Mahrez and Ilkay Gundogan returned.

Bellingham had been harshly denied a goal in the first-leg but needed just 15 minutes to make amends here with a superb finish which Emerson could only push into the top corner.

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City dominated the ball and came close to a leveller when De Bruyne struck against the bar, while Bellingham made a crucial clearance to deny Mahrez after a wonderful piece of control.

Despite having the likes of Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus on the bench, Guardiola resisted the urge to make any half-time changes and his faith as rewarded as Emre Can’s foolish handball gave Mahrez the chance to whip home from the spot and suddenly leave the onus on Dortmund to find the goal that would have sent the game to extra-time.

That never looked likely, however, and when Foden was found in space on the edge of the box by a short corner, the Englishman thundered in via the near post - albeit with question marks over Marwin Hitz’s goalkeeping.

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