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

14 points.

”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

long-distance attempts.

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

this year.

Balotelli’s main contribution was to earn a yellow card in

injury time for protesting a decision by the referee.