Dortmund beats Man City 1-0 in Champions League
Julian Schieber scored in the second half for Borussia Dortmund
to beat Manchester City 1-0 in the Champions League on Tuesday,
ending the English champions’ chances of reaching the Europa
Schieber scored in the 57th minute following a perfectly timed
low cross from the right by substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Schieber slid between City defenders Vincent Kompany and Maicon to
tap the ball into the net.
Dortmund was already assured of winning Group D, while City
needed a victory to qualify for European football’s second-tier
club competition. But City didn’t win a match all season to finish
one point behind Ajax, which lost 4-1 on Tuesday at Real Madrid,
the group runner-up.
The German champions finished the group with four national
champions at 14 points, three more than Madrid. Ajax took third and
entry into the Europa League.
Dortmund, which captured the title in 1997, won one game in its
group last season to fail to advance.
”I think we’ve earned some respect now,” coach Juergen Klopp
said. ”I didn’t necessarily think that we would end the group with
”We changed six players and still managed to win, that’s not so
bad at all. We made it very uncomfortable for them, we shut them
Despite starting the match without six regulars, Dortmund still
controlled the game, with City displaying little fighting
”Not so bad,” the rarely used Schieber said after scoring his
first Champions League goal. ”I am glad that we won and that we
justified the confidence our coach had in us. Although we don’t get
to play that often, we showed that we can be relied on.”
The action in a lackluster first half boiled down to several
Edin Dzeko’s effort was turned away by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman
Weidenfeller. On the other side, Marco Reus shaved the post of Joe
Hart’s goal. The City goalkeeper also stopped a shot by Ivan
Perisic late in the first half.
City returned from the break with more ambition, and Dzeko’s
header from a cross by Samir Nasri was saved by Weidenfeller.
Dortmund nearly went ahead in the 49th, but Mats Hummels failed
to connect with a cross from Marcel Schmelzer.
Hart then tipped over a volley from Perisic and another attempt
by Kevin Grosskreutz, before Schieber found the target.
Schieber attempted a chip in the 59th but Hart caught the
Mario Balotelli came on in the 65th for Dzeko, to loud jeers
from Dortmund fans. The striker scored both goals for Italy in the
semifinal win over Germany at the European Championships earlier
Balotelli’s main contribution was to earn a yellow card in
injury time for protesting a decision by the referee.