Monday, October 08, 2012

Sports Bet News: Man City Hang On Against Borussia Dortmund

THE LATEST SPORTS BET NEWS UPDATE – Premier League champions Manchester City looked headed to defeat against an impressive Borussia Dortmund in their Champions League group stage match. Substitute Mario Balotelli rescued the hosts through a successful last-minute penalty, ending the match 1-1.

The first half looked disastrous for City, as they met with sturdy opposition from the visiting Bundesliga champions. Edin Dzeko created an opening for Samir Nasri. Keeper Roman Weidenfeller hurriedly brushed off the French international’s attempt.

Weidenfeller saved numerous shots from persistent City attackers. Sergio Aguero, taking off from a David Silva assist, flew the ball towards the net but saw his shot fended off by the Dortmund keeper.

Joe Hart was equally impressive in guarding his post. Dortmund’s Mario Gotze nearly got away from the feisty City keeper after he rolled the ball near the enemy woodwork. Hart leaped lengthily for a save to keep his side at bay.

Silva failed to get a Pablo Zabaleta pass in after he impressively shot from close range. Hart had to deal with saving attempts shortly before half time, as he halted an effort from Ilkay Gundogan that nearly gave the lead to the visitors.

With both sides taking off from a scoreless first half, Dortmund started their lead chase with Gotze tormenting Hart with another thwarted effort. Striker Marco Reus played past through rival midfielder Jack Rodwell and went on to fire the opening goal of the game for his side.

Rodwell’s mistake left City scrambling towards the remainder of the match. Attacking attempts left the English champions helpless with a faulty back line. Gundogan, Lewandowski and Reus sought to hammer Hart’s net but the keeper diligently remained firm.

As Etihad’s home crowd started to look hopeless, the entry of Mario Balotelli reignited hope for City. After Neven Subotic handballed Aguero, the Italian talisman took charge of the penalty. He then fired the ball straight inside the net and sent Weidenfeller jumping to the other side.

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Manchester City vs. Borussia Dortmund [Photograph]. (2012). Retrieved 04 October 2012, from <>


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