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

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

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits they have a “problem” with penalties as they sealed top spot in their Champions League group with a 0-0 draw at Borussia Dortmund despite Riyad Mahrez failing from the spot.

City have failed to score 25 of their 80 penalties, excluding shootouts, since the Catalan took over in 2016.

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

Borussia Dortmund also went through to the last 16 with the draw, so both sides will be happy with the result.

“Since I’ve been here we’ve missed 25 penalties, most of them in the Champions League,” Guardiola said.

“It’s too many. You always have to admire the courage, but missing so many penalties is a problem.

“We have to improve. It comes down to fine margins in this competition and these situations can make the difference.”

City’s Champions League penalty scoring record (71%, 12/17) is actually slightly better than their Premier League record (69%, 36/52).

Former Scotland forward James McFadden, watching the game for BBC Radio 5 Live, said: “I think it was a very good penalty from Mahrez. It’s a side foot with a lot of power, what a save.”

Mahrez has now missed three of his past four penalties for City, after scoring nine of his first 10.

Player Penalty record % success rate
Sergio Aguero 20/28 71
Riyadh Mahrez 10/14 71
Gabriel Jesus 5/10 50
Kevin de Bruyne 7/9 78
Raheem Sterling 3/7 43
Ilkay Gundogan 4/6 67
Yaya Toure 3/3 one hundred
Erling Haland 2/2 one hundred
Rodri 1/1 one hundred

City boss Guardiola surprisingly replaced top scorer Erling Haaland at half-time after just 13 touches. He revealed that the Norwegian had a fever and a knock.

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.

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

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.

analysis

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 defense and they couldn’t find the way to open Dortmund up.

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 nameBell

  5. squad numberonePlayer nameKobel

  6. squad number18Player namemoukoko

  7. squad number10Player nameT Hazard

  8. squad number4Player nameSchlotterbeck

  9. squad number25Player namesule

  10. squad number7Player nameReyna

  11. squad number27Player nameadeemia

  12. squad number20Player namemodesty

  13. squad number17Player namewolf

  14. squad number47Player namePapadopoulos

  15. squad number21Player namemalen

line-ups

B Dortmund

formation 4-5-1

  • oneKobel
  • 25sule
  • 15HummelsBooked at 87mins
  • 4Schlotterbeck
  • 10T HazardSubstituted forwolfhorse 82′minutes
  • 27adeemiaSubstituted formalenhorse 73′minutes
  • 22Bellingham
  • 23Bell
  • 19Brandt
  • 7ReynaSubstituted forPapadopouloshorse 87′minutes
  • 18moukokoSubstituted formodestyhorse 82′minutes

Substitutes

  • 17wolf
  • 20modesty
  • 21malen
  • 30passlack
  • 33Meyer
  • 36Rothe
  • 38Unbehaun
  • 44coulibaly
  • 47Papadopoulos

Man City

formation 4-4-2

  • 18Ortega
  • 5stones
  • 3Ruben Dias
  • 6Ake
  • 7CanceloBooked at 7minsSubstituted forakanjihorse 45′minutesBooked at 72mins
  • 26MahrezSubstituted forPalmerhorse 88′minutes
  • 16Rodri
  • 8GundoganBooked at 58mins
  • 47fodeneSubstituted forgreathorse 81′minutes
  • 9HalandSubstituted forBernardo Silvahorse 45′minutes
  • 19AlvarezBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

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

Referee:
David Massa

Attendance:
81,000

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