There was no winner, and certainly, there was no loser as Manchester City and Borussia Dortmund played out a 0-0 draw, with both sides moving into the round of 16 of the UEFA Champions League at the expense of Sevilla and FC Copenhagen.
Manchester City had already secured qualification into the round of 16 of the competition on matchday 4 with 10 points from four games; the Germans needed just to draw to move through to the next round on Tuesday night.
Therefore, it was not surprising that both sides started the game in a cagey manner. The first real chance of the game fell to Borussia Dortmund and Karim Adeyemi in the first half, but he couldn’t break the deadlock.
Youssoufa Moukoko had the opportunity to do the owners of opening the scoring moments later as Karim Adeyemi laid the ball to him on a platter, but he could only miss the golden opportunity.
Norwegian striker Erling Haaland was silent for the majority of the first half, and manager Pep Guardiola decided to substitute him early in the second half.
Manchester City were awarded a penalty in the second half as Emre Can was penalized for a foul in the box; Algerian forward Riyad Mahrez stepped up and missed the penalty.
Despite the lack of goals in the game, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola stated that the draw was the result they were looking for so they could finish at the top of the group.
“It’s what we wanted, top of the group, and we will be in the last 16 next time, so really good. Dortmund did not want to press high, so we adjusted our pressing a bit. In the first half, we had problems down the left side. Apparently, they thought a draw was good for them and for us as well.” Guardiola said