Manchester City will take a one-goal lead to Germany next week after they defeated Borussia Dortmund 2-1 at the Etihad on Tuesday night.
Kevin De Bruyne’s goal put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead in the first half and they missed a number of chances to double their lead before Marco Reus scored a late equaliser for Edin Terzic’s side.
However, the hosts pushed forward and grabbed a winner in stoppage time thanks to the excellent Phil Foden, who calmly finished inside the box after Ilkay Gundogan’s lay off.
Although City were impressive at times, there were some disappointing performances on the night, with Kyle Walker, in particular, struggling to perform at his usual level.
As per SofaScore, the 30-year-old would earn a poor 6.2 rating for his performance, which was comfortably the worst of any City player who featured in the game.
The England international would contribute no tackles and just one interception during the 90 minutes, which is fewer than the 2.1 tackles and 1.1 interceptions he has averaged in the Champions League so far this season.
The former Spurs man is renowned for his pace and physicality which makes it difficult for opponents to get the better of him, yet against the Bundesliga side, he would fail to win any of his four duels during the game.
Joao Cancelo, who was playing on the opposite flank, would win 10/15 of his duels during the game, which emphasises how much Walker struggled.
The right-back’s passing also arguably wasn’t up to its usual standard, as he completed 63/76 of his passes on the night, resulting in an 83% success rate, which is again lower than the 89.1% he has averaged so far in the competition.
The £31.5m-rated defender also lost possession on 18 occasions during the game, which was the most of any City player who featured, whilst his one dribble attempt was unsuccessful.
Walker arguably almost cost Guardiola’s side the win too, as he was caught horribly out of position for the away side’s equaliser, with Erling Haaland playing in Reus down the right-back’s side, and he could do nothing but watch on as the Dortmund captain curled past Ederson.
Therefore, Walker should feel very relieved that Foden popped up with the winner, although the away goal means that things certainly won’t be easy for the Citizens in next week’s decider.
A 1-0 win for the German giants back at home would see them go through, and Walker’s questionable positioning to allow Dortmund to score at the Etihad will be looked back on as the potentially decisive moment in the tie.
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