Manchester City defeated Belarus 2-1 in the first game of the Champions League quarter-finals.
Manchester City took the lead with De Bruyne’s goal in the 19th minute, only allowing Brazil to equalize with Marco Reus’ goal within 6 minutes before the end of the game. The German did not hold on, and Manchester City won through Phil Foden in the 90th minute.
Because of all the problems encountered this season and Manchester City won 30 of the last 34 games in all competitions, he came to Etihad as an outsider. However, Edin Terzić’s team performed well in the confrontation with Premier League leaders and lost to the great Kevin De Bruyne and the disastrous Romanian referee Ovidi Hategan.
When the young Knauff pulled up the counter in the 7th minute and handed it to Harlan, who left it to Bellingham, the guest could have taken the lead. However, the young Englishman Edson made a good goal wide from the left.
Manchester City held the ball, but in the 19th minute after Emre Can made a major mistake, he failed to create a half-time lead in front of Hitz. The visitor’s midfielder passed the ball to center Mahrez and Manchester City walked into the goal in four steps. The Algerian joined De Bruyne and rushed to the second position. De Bruyne dragged the ball for 20 yards before leaving it to Sterling, who found Mahrez’s ball was sharp but a little too strong . He managed to keep the ball in shape and returned it to the penalty area by De Bruyne, who scored 1-0.
Russia tried, but the hosts closed Haaland well, and the latter didn’t get any good goals in the first half hour of the game. We saw the first act of the Romanian referee’s comedy in the 29th minute, when he imposed a non-existent fine on Manchester City. He believes that Emre Can raised his leg mercilessly from behind to Rodri’s head, even though the Spaniard lowered his head towards his leg, Can Did not touch him at all.
The midfielder also received a yellow card against it, but VAR notified Hartgen to watch the video. After going to the monitor, Hartgen realized that he had made a mistake and cancelled the penalty, but did not show Emre Can a yellow card.
However, due to a disputed agreement, VAR did not respond in the 38th minute (Borussia’s clear goal was abolished). Ederson reacted eagerly to a returning ball. Jude Bellingham threw the ball off his leg. The Brazilian waved his foot and hit a Belarusian player. Then he fell to the ground in the theater. Belliniham rushed for an empty ball on his own and then scored the ball into the net, but Hartgen had fouled on offense earlier and gave the young Englishman a yellow card.
Slow motion clearly showed that there was no foul, or that only Edson could foul, but VAR did not respond because Hartgen interrupted the game and called the foul before Bellingham scored.
Encouraged by his outstanding performance in the first half, Borussia confidently entered the sequel and had to equalize in the 48th minute. Dahoud passed the perfect ball to the Netherlands, who completely got rid of Ruben Dias, but lost his balance and had a clear chance of hitting Edson’s leg.
The situation from the 61st minute was also ridiculous. It was obvious that Hategan, who he had done during the intermission, was sentenced to a non-existent foul in the Netherlands at 17 meters, but Reus (free kick) free The ball hits the living wall.
By the 65th minute, the shooting ratio was 4:4, and then Manchester City fell into a deadly chance. The unstoppable De Bruyne escaped Hummels’ test and sent the ideal return ball to Foden’s neat box, but Hitz defended his shot.
As time passed, Manchester City continued to control the ball and looked for opportunities to break the Blues. In the 77th minute, De Bruyne found Foden again, but he shot from 15 meters straight to Hitza. Foden almost became a tragic actor, because in the 80th minute, he was very likely to shoot diagonally from the left side of the goal.
After the guests’ every move, and six minutes before the end of the game, Marco Reus punished all his mistakes. Bellingham added that when it comes to Harland, he is very happy that Reus has broken into space. The Norwegian completely lost his captain, and the captain hit the opposite corner in a 1:1 ratio.
Belarus seemed to persevere until the end, but Verden recovered all chances of failure in the 90th minute. The incredible De Bruyne dealt with Gundogan with a long ball in the second position. He put down Fodena. This time the British national team player did not make a mistake from the top position and entered the final 2:1. .