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champions league Controversial Jude Bellingham decision a big talking point as Man City beat Borussia Dortmund

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Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund tackles Ederson, but the goal was controversially ruled out. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund tackles Ederson, but the goal was controversially ruled out. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Jude Bellingham of Borussia Dortmund tackles Ederson, but the goal was controversially ruled out. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund were left frustrated as they conceded a last minute goal and had a strike of their own ruled out in controversial fashion as they lost the first leg of their Champions League qualifier 2-1 against Manchester City.

Phil Foden struck in the last minute as Manchester City snatched a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund.

The quadruple-chasing Premier League leaders had looked like they would have to settle for a draw at the Etihad Stadium when Marco Reus levelled for the German side six minutes from time at the Etihad Stadium.

But Foden, who had twice tested Dortmund keeper Marwin Hitz in the second half of a controversial encounter, hit back from close range as the clock ran down.

Having taken the lead through Kevin De Bruyne, City now have the edge heading into next week’s second leg in Germany.

But, having failed at the last-eight stage in the last three seasons, Pep Guardiola’s side will be well aware they still have work to do.

Dortmund will also leave Manchester with reason to feel aggrieved after having a Jude Bellingham goal controversially disallowed before half-time.

City were given a penalty in strange circumstances on the half-hour after Rodri went down clutching his face following a challenge with Can. Yet it was not clear whether contact had been made and, after being asked to check the monitor by the VAR, referee Ovidiu Hategan eventually reversed his decision.

Further controversy involving the Romanian official soon followed as he bizarrely disallowed a Bellingham equaliser.

Bellingham had closed down Ederson as he attempted a clearance and ended up taking the ball and tapping home as the Brazilian missed his kick. Any contact was Ederson catching Bellingham in his failed attempt to clear but Hategan gave a foul against Dortmund.

"I definitely think I won the ball fairly, it's a bit frustrating in a time when they've got so many cameras watching the game they don't wait for me to put the ball in the net and then check it," said Bellingham.

"It's football, it's life, just got to get on with it. All I've been told is I've been booked and it's a free kick for them. I think they should have checked it. Apparently I've got my studs up, caught the goalkeeper and it's a foul.

"City are one of the best, if not the best in the world. The way they go to regain the ball back after losing it is world class. To give Kevin de Bruyne that much time in the box he's going to score and that much time around the box he's going to put a ball in the box that damages us and it did. It's a frustrating one but we move on."

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Phil Foden celebrates scoring the winning goal with Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Phil Foden celebrates scoring the winning goal with Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan. REUTERS/Phil Noble

Phil Foden celebrates scoring the winning goal with Ruben Dias and Ilkay Gundogan. REUTERS/Phil Noble

City manager Pep Guardiola was relieved to get the win, as he admitted the second leg in Germany will be a tight contest.

"Better to win than draw. 2-1, Champions League, we are going there to win the game," he said.

"In the first half we were not clever with the ball. The second half was much better, we had two or three clear chances to score the second and third but it didn't happen. After we concede 1-1 we scored the final goal.

"Dortmund are strong, a good quality with the players they have and the quality it is difficult to do what we want to do it but 2-1 and we have a good chance next week.

"We are going to watch the game. We will adjust a few things to go there and try to win the game. Next Leeds and then we go to Germany to try and win the game.

"Borussia Dortmund is a typical club from the Champions League. We have one more game there and with the result 2-1 we will try to score the goals there to win.

"We are going to analyse what we have to do like we have done for four or five months. Every game we play to win."

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