Manchester City ensured they finished top of their Champions League group on Tuesday thanks to a 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund.
The result also means the German side guaranteed their place in the next round, with the scoreline ultimately suiting both clubs, even if it was far from an entertaining spectacle. Other than a speculative strike from distance from Rodri and a Nathan Ake header, City failed to create any real openings in a first half where they dominated possession but were repeatedly hit on the break by Dortmund.
Karim Adeyemi caused the Blues real issues down the hosts’ right side and he saw a decent effort saved by debutant Stefan Ortega Moreno early on, while Giovanni Reyna also had a strike that was held by the City keeper.
Teenage sensation Youssoufa Moukoko had two decent opportunities, the first he fired wide with his left foot from a counter attack and the other was comfortably by Ortega Moreno, as was Emre Can’s shot.
Dortmund carry the greater goal threat in the first half, but that changed after the break. City started the second period with more exuberance and Phil Foden curled a shot over early on, before Rityad Mahrez earned a penalty on 57 minutes after he was tripped by Can in the box. The Algerian took the spot-kick but saw his strike saved by Gregor Kobel, the second Champions League game in a row Mahrez has missed a penalty.
City were more assertive in possession at this point, and Ilkay Gundogan and Julian Alvarez both had shots that were saved by Kobel. In the latter stages of the game, Gundogan saw his shot float over the crossbar but it was a rare chance as both clubs seemed happy with a share of the spoils. Here’s how we rated the players…