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Haaland haunts Dortmund! Man City's winners, losers and ratings as striker again proves unstoppable

6:25 PM EDT 9/14/22
Erling Haaland goal Manchester City Dortmund 2022-23
Erling Haaland did it again for Manchester City.

If you think you know how to stop Erling Haaland, then you've made a huge miscalculation.

His former club Borussia Dortmund, knowing him better than anyone, kept the Manchester City striker quiet for 84 minutes and yet he still emerged the hero.

The Norwegian twisted and contorted his body to brilliantly steer in Joao Cancelo's cross and snatch a dramatic 2-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium. He chose not to make an over-the-top celebration as a mark of respect for a club that helped launch his career - but inside, he was surely euphoric.

The German side had looked on their way to a shock victory when Jude Bellingham gave them a surprise lead in their Champions League clash. But John Stones hit a stunning equaliser before Haaland, yet again, had the final word.

  • Erling Haaland Manchester City Borussia Dortmund 2022

    The Winners

    Erling Haaland:

    A memorable game for lots of reasons but maybe not the usual ones by the Norwegian's standards.

    He only had one chance and took it brilliantly and the celebrations were happy if a little muted. It was clearly a special occasion for the striker who had such a fantastic time in Germany and he was delighted to see so many familiar faces.

    Every member of the Dortmund staff got a handshake at full-time and he will hope his return to Signal Iduna Park will be just as special.

    John Stones:

    Was this his Vincent Kompany moment?

    Not quite as dramatic as the City skipper's thunderbolt against Leicester that helped clinch the 2019 title, but it was equally unexpected when he smashed in his fierce strike from the edge of the box that sent City back on the road to recovery.

    Stones is no stranger to the scoresheet but generally they come from set-pieces, so his brilliant goal will be one he will treasure.

    Jude Bellingham:

    His quality is no secret in England, but it always helps to send a reminder by performing against one of the Premier League's big sides.

    Just over two months away from the World Cup, England fans will have enjoyed seeing another mature performance from the 19-year-old.

    Bellingham's goal showed the sort of instinct associated with Haaland as he ghosted into the box almost unnoticed.

    There were a few lung-busting runs to ease the pressure but he was just as assured screening his defence.

    Winning mentality:

    City keep going behind and keep finding a way to get the job done.

    Comebacks already this season against Newcastle and Crystal Palace have salvaged four points in the Premier League and now this turnaround has put them on course for Champions League knockout qualification.

    Of course, Pep Guardiola will want them to do it from the start, but at least can be impressed by his side's ability to fight back.

  • Akanji

    The Losers

    Manuel Akanji:

    The Swiss international was greeting and hugging his former team-mates before kick-off as he walked on the Etihad Stadium pitch for the first time as a City player.

    But all bets were off once the match started and striker Anthony Modeste did his best to unsettle the centre-back.

    It was a far tougher game than his stroll last week in the Sevilla sunshine and he got caught horribly out of position on one quick counter-attack.

    For Bellingham's header he was static when he looked the most likely to deal with the situation.

    Mats Hummels:

    Hummels may be at the other end of his career to Bellingham, but the 33-year-old makes up for it with experience.

    The veteran defender was closer than Haaland's own shadow for the much of the game, ensuring he didn't escape - except for one crucial occasion.

    When Cancelo spotted the striker's far-post run, Haaland finally broke free to take his big chance.

  • John Stones Manchester City Dortmund 2022-23

    Ratings: Defence

    Ederson (6/10):

    A nice plum-shaded kit debuted in the Champions League was the only positive with little chance for the goal and little else to do.

    John Stones (7/10):

    Not a natural right-back but tried to get forward and offer Mahrez some support in front of him as much as he could and then hit a stunning equaliser.

    Manuel Akanji (5/10):

    Faced a battle on his Etihad Stadium debut and switched off at a key moment.

    Nathan Ake (7/10):

    Straight back into the side and continued his impressive start to the season with a solid performance, shepherding the backline.

    Joao Cancelo (6/10):

    Shifted back to left-back and had a couple of uncomfortable moments but was mostly solid and tried to get forward and created the winner.

  • Kevin De Bruyne Mats Hummels Manchester City Borussia Dortmund

    Midfield

    Rodri (7/10):

    Knew went to drop and add protection, particularly with the breaks from Bellingham, and tried to build the rhythm in the centre of midfield.

    Ilkay Gundogan (6/10):

    Neat and tidy as usual but his dynamic box-running was shut down and he couldn't have his usual influence near to goal against his former club.

    Kevin De Bruyne (6/10):

    Moved around all over the pitch to try to open up the Dortmund defence but even the master lock-picker struggled to find a way through.

  • Erling Haaland Manchester City Dortmund 2022-23

    Attack

    Riyad Mahrez (6/10):

    Tried to stretch the visitors' defence by holding a wide position but Dortmund were quick to move across and close him down.

    Erling Haaland (7/10):

    His movement close to goal was there as usual and when the chance came, he twisted his body to somehow put it into the back of the net.

    Jack Grealish (6/10):

    A frustrating night when he created opportunities but every time his final shot or pass was blocked when it looked like he might find a way through.

  • Pep Guardiola Manchester City Dortmund 2022-23

    Subs & Manager

    Phil Foden (7/10):

    Instantly brought some pace and urgency when he arrived onto the pitch and tried to find Haaland.

    Bernardo Silva (7/10):

    Brought some craft and guile to work in tight spaces.

    Julian Alvarez (5/10):

    Almost wrapped up the win as he gave Dortmund's defence something else to worry about.

    Kalvin Phillips (Too late to mark):

    One crunching tackle on Can to help see the game through.

    Pep Guardiola (7/10):

    Wasn't happy with the way his side shifted the ball in the first half and made alterations quickly at the start of the second and it helped change the outcome of the match.