Borussia Dortmund 0-0 Manchester City: City seal top spot despite Mahrez miss

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Riyad Mahrez
Riyad Mahrez has missed three of his last four penalties for Manchester City in all competitions

Riyad Mahrez had a penalty saved but Manchester City still sealed top spot in their Champions League group with a draw that also took Borussia Dortmund into the last 16.

Mahrez was fouled by Emre Can and stepped up himself, but Gregor Kobel went the right way to save his kick.

Both sides knew a draw would be enough to achieve their goals, so each will be happy with the result.

City boss Pep Guardiola surprisingly replaced top scorer Erling Haaland at half-time after just 13 touches in a half in which Mats Hummels dealt with him expertly.

Dortmund had good chances too, with 17-year-old Youssoufa Moukoko slotting wide and debutant City keeper Stefan Ortega making several saves.

City get job done but below best again

City will be happy to have won their Champions League group with a game to spare, but it is just one win in their past four games in all competitions now.

Last time out in Europe they drew 0-0 in Copenhagen, and then lost their unbeaten record to Liverpool in the league – before beating Brighton on Saturday.

Guardiola mixed things up with his line-up in Dortmund, giving a debut to 29-year-old keeper Ortega, a summer signing, with Ederson left on the bench.

The German did well to deny Karim Adeyemi and Moukoko in the first half.

Julian Alvarez, who played behind Haaland, made his fourth start for the club, and was one of only three players to test Kobel – along with Ilkay Gundogan and Mahrez with his failed penalty, all in the second half.

Nathan Ake headed a decent chance over too.

Mahrez has now missed three of his last four penalties for City in all competitions, after scoring nine of his first 10.

City have failed to convert 25 of their 80 penalties under Guardiola. No Premier League team have missed more penalties in that time.

Maybe if Haaland, with 22 goals in his first three months at City, was still on, he might have taken it.

But he was replaced after a quiet first half. Perhaps Guardiola is saving him for the game at struggling Leicester at the weekend.

Joao Cancelo was taken off too, another player who will not be happy with his first half – with Adeyemi getting the better of him on several occasions out wide.

It is all ultimately academic, with City topping the group amid a relentless pre-World Cup fixture list – but recent performances continue to dip below their early-season swashbuckling form.


Former Scotland forward James McFadden on BBC Radio 5 Live

It was really competitive, Dortmund really tried to frustrate City and it was very impressive. They offered a real threat to go and win the game in the first half.

City just couldn’t get in behind the defence and they couldn’t find the way to open Dortmund up. I think it was a very good penalty from Mahrez. It’s a side foot with a lot of power, what a save.

Maybe both sides didn’t take risks because they knew they didn’t have to win the game.

Player of the match

BellinghamJude Bellingham

Borussia Dortmund

  1. Squad number22Player nameBellingham

  2. Squad number15Player nameHummels

  3. Squad number19Player nameBrandt

  4. Squad number23Player nameCan

  5. Squad number1Player nameKobel

  6. Squad number18Player nameMoukoko

  7. Squad number10Player nameT Hazard

  8. Squad number4Player nameSchlotterbeck

  9. Squad number25Player nameSüle

  10. Squad number7Player nameReyna

  11. Squad number27Player nameAdeyemi

  12. Squad number20Player nameModeste

  13. Squad number17Player nameWolf

  14. Squad number47Player namePapadopoulos

  15. Squad number21Player nameMalen


B Dortmund

Formation 4-5-1

  • 1Kobel
  • 25Süle
  • 15HummelsBooked at 87mins
  • 4Schlotterbeck
  • 10T HazardSubstituted forWolfat 82′minutes
  • 27AdeyemiSubstituted forMalenat 73′minutes
  • 22Bellingham
  • 23Can
  • 19Brandt
  • 7ReynaSubstituted forPapadopoulosat 87′minutes
  • 18MoukokoSubstituted forModesteat 82′minutes


  • 17Wolf
  • 20Modeste
  • 21Malen
  • 30Passlack
  • 33Meyer
  • 36Rothe
  • 38Unbehaun
  • 44Coulibaly
  • 47Papadopoulos

Man City

Formation 4-4-2

  • 18Ortega
  • 5Stones
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 6Aké
  • 7CanceloBooked at 7minsSubstituted forAkanjiat 45′minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forPalmerat 88′minutes
  • 16Rodri
  • 8GündoganBooked at 58mins
  • 47FodenSubstituted forGrealishat 81′minutes
  • 9HaalandSubstituted forBernardo Silvaat 45′minutes
  • 19ÁlvarezBooked at 31mins


  • 10Grealish
  • 14Laporte
  • 17De Bruyne
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 25Akanji
  • 31Ederson
  • 33Carson
  • 80Palmer
  • 82Lewis
  • 97Wilson-Esbrand

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