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Erling Haaland scored an 84th-minute winner to help Manchester City beat Dortmund 2-1 in the Champions League.
Borussia Dortmund did a good job of defending against Haaland. He had just 26 touches in the game – the fewest of any player and kept him quiet till the 80th minute, but it did not stop Haaland from scoring the winner.
“What a goal,” he said. “I remember a long time ago in Barcelona Johan Cruyff scored one quite similar against Atletico Madrid. It’s nice Erling emulated Johan Cruyff.
Pep Guardiola compares Haaland’s goal with Johan Cryuff
Pep Guardiola compared the goal with Johan Cruyff’s acrobatic goal against Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou in 1973.
“Maybe the people who know me know the influence of Cruyff in my life as a person, mentor, and manager. Years ago he scored in Camp Nou and scored a goal v Atleti, it was quite similar to Haaland and the moment he scored it I felt Cruyff, it was quite similar.”
Former Manchester United and England defender Rio Ferdinand said on BT Sport: “What I love about him is a lot of strikers would panic when they aren’t getting much of the ball. He is calm and just thinks, I want goals. It is all about the end product and winning games for Haaland.
“Only certain players can go into a winning dressing room and fit in seamlessly, there has to be arrogance and confidence. He is delivering so much.
“He [Guardiola] isn’t trying to compare them [Cruyff and Haaland] as players but they are players who come up with moments. Only he was going to score that goal tonight.”
Dion Dublin praises Manchester City’s fightback in the Champions League
Dion Dublin, the former Aston Villa striker, said on BBC Radio 5Live: “Any other player would’ve tried to strike it with their right foot on the volley, but Haaland’s gone with the left foot. It’s hard to describe. He’s got to be at least eight feet in the air when he connects with the ball, it’s an amazing finish.
“He’s gone with the correct foot obviously because it’s gone in the back of the net! He’s a left-footer and many times, you will do things in an unorthodox way with your good foot which makes it look really difficult, but you’re more comfortable because it’s your good foot.
“Man City were below par, but even so, they got over the line. Two very, very good goals. Stones’ goal was 22 yards out, what a strike that was.
“And then you’ve got Haaland. I don’t know what he’s thinking, finishing with the wrong side of the foot in mid-air. Absolutely outstanding finish.”
For Dortmund, having taken the lead through the outstanding Jude Bellingham and kept Haaland quiet for so long, this was a defeat that was hard to take.
“It was not one of those games where you can get on the ball and have loads of possession,” said Bellingham afterward. “We knew we’d spend the majority of the game without the ball.
“We were brilliant for 75 minutes but that’s enough time for City to put you away.
“That’s what great teams can do. You don’t give them a sniff and out of nothing they score and tilt the game back in their favor.”
Juventus could face an early exit from the Champions League
Arek Milik scored a goal less than four minutes to give Juventus a 1-0 lead. But Benfica had other plans as they dominated the game and took the chances.
The end result was a 2-1 win from Benfica, sending Juventus to their second loss in as many games to begin the group stage
Juventus are already six points behind both Paris Saint-Germain and Benfica and at the bottom of Group H, Juventus needs to win both remaining games which will be a tough task. in the UEFA Champions League