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Manchester City 1 - Borussia Dortmund 1

UEFA Champions League Group D

The Etihad Stadium

3/9/12

Attendance: 43,607

Referee: Pavel Kralovec

Manchester City
1 - 1
Borussia Dortmund
Balotelli 90′ (pen)
 
Reus 62′
 
Venue: The Etihad Stadium
 
Attendance: 43,607
The Teams
01 Hart
 
 
 
01 Weidenfeller
 
 
04 Kompany
 
 
 
04 Subotic
 
 
05 Zabaleta
 
 
 
15 Hummels
 
 
74'
22 Clichy
 
 
81'
 
26 Piszczek
 
 
33 Nastasic
 
 
 
29 Schmelzer
 
 
08 Nasri
 
 
56'
 
06 Bender
 
 
14 Garcia
 
 
34'
 
08 Gundogan
 
 
82'
21 Silva
 
 
 
16 Blaszczykowski
 
 
42 Y Toure
 
 
 
09 Lewandowski
 
 
10 Dzeko
 
 
 
10 Gotze
 
 
88'
16 Aguero
 
 
 
11 Reus
 
 
Substitutes
30 Pantilimon
 
 
 
20 Langerak
 
 
06 Lescott
 
 
 
27 Santana
 
 
74'
13 Kolarov
 
 
56'
 
05 Kehl
 
 
88'
07 Milner
 
 
 
07 Leitner
 
 
17 Rodwell
 
 
34'
 
44 Perisic
 
 
32 Tevez
 
 
 
19 Grosskreutz
 
 
82'
45 Balotelli
 
 
81'
 
23 Schieber
 
 
Game Statistics
11
Goal Attempts
22
7
On Target
10
5
Corners
6
6
Offside
0
11
Fouls
9
2
Yellow Cards
2
48
%
52
Comments...
Johnny On The Spot: City get out of jail and then some. What a standard of football we witnessed tonight. I challenge anyone to deny that the first 45 minutes wasn't the best seen in all competitions thus far this season. The Blues are plying their trade at the highest level and if we ever needed a reminder of just how good that level is and what a hell of a group we are in, then Borussia Dortmund provided it in spades. They are a terrific side without a shadow of it and had we gone down by a a hatful we could have no complaints...However, a top side must exploit all it's stengths and The English Champions have got Joe Hart. A breathtaking solo performace rewarded by a point that could yet prove crucial in The Group of Champions if City can somehow maintain the type of pressure and high tempo required to seal a couple of wins...Right now that seems a tall order as City's midfield was hopelessly overrun in the second half following previously having just about held their own against a formidable side...The German Champions, certainly no CFC Cluj, played high up the field all night which effectively rendered a Barry-less City midfield steamrollered and affording no protection to a horribly exposed back four who did all they could to support the stunning Hart. There was always the chance City could exploit the space left behind but the ball just wouldn't run for them despite our well shackled players giving their all...Maybe Tevez could have added that bit extra but Mancio went with Balotelli the German nemesis who coolly fended off the close quarters psyching of the German keeper amid a disappointing raft of play acting to seal a precious point. All in all a terrific game of football.




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Date:Wednesday October 3 2012

Time: 9:53PM

Your Comments

Dortmund,an excellent side and Joe Hart had to be on top form to keep them out, But so did their goalie. I though we got away with a draw there and we have to beat Dotmund away , Ajax twice and Real Madrid at home to stand a chance of qualifying. A really tough ask. As a spectacle, it was end to end stuff.
Buzz Lightyear
Dortmund,an excellent side and Joe Hart had to be on top form to keep them out, But so did their goalie. I though we got away with a draw there and we have to beat Dotmund away , Ajax twice and Real Madrid at home to stand a chance of qualifying. A really tough ask. As a spectacle, it was end to end stuff.
Buzz Lightyear
First half was great, with City and Dortmund exchanging blows - we could have been 3-1 up. Second half WTF happened? Tell you one thing, Yaya was utterly poo tonight, worst performance I've seen from him since he joined us. Think that allowed them to dominate midfield in the second half especially. Also looks as though Sergio's criticism of the referees has reached overseas too, as he simply couldn't buy a foul tonight. Don't want to see us turn into dirty cheat-bags like Stretford, but maybe he should go down when he's being clearly fouled?
fifthcolumnblue
First half was great, with City and Dortmund exchanging blows - we could have been 3-1 up. Second half WTF happened? Tell you one thing, Yaya was utterly poo tonight, worst performance I've seen from him since he joined us. Think that allowed them to dominate midfield in the second half especially. Also looks as though Sergio's criticism of the referees has reached overseas too, as he simply couldn't buy a foul tonight. Don't want to see us turn into dirty cheat-bags like Stretford, but maybe he should go down when he's being clearly fouled?
fifthcolumnblue
Dortmund were brilliant. We didn't show up in the second half. Got out of jail tonight but qualification looking like a massive ask now.
Bluedub
Dortmund were brilliant. We didn't show up in the second half. Got out of jail tonight but qualification looking like a massive ask now.
Bluedub
We'll have to keep praying every year the footballing gods (AKA Platini) hand us a less brutal group or else we're going to have trouble qualifying every season because Real Madrid and Dortmund are top class teams and this is even harder than last year. The late penalty gives us a chance though.
StuMCFC
We'll have to keep praying every year the footballing gods (AKA Platini) hand us a less brutal group or else we're going to have trouble qualifying every season because Real Madrid and Dortmund are top class teams and this is even harder than last year. The late penalty gives us a chance though.
StuMCFC
Does Mancio still like tempo?!
RobsonGreensleeves
Does Mancio still like tempo?!
RobsonGreensleeves
 

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