MANCHESTER CITY clinched top spot in their Champions League group with a goalless draw away at Borussia Dortmund.
Riyad Mahrez’s second half penalty was brilliantly saved by Gregor Kobel as the Premier League champions drew for a second time in Europe this season.
Erling Haaland was returning to Dortmund where he spent two and a half years, scoring 86 goals in 89 matches.
But he failed to add to his astonishing tally of 22 so far this season as Man City boss Pep Guardiola hauled the Norwegian superstar off at half-time – reportedly due to a cut on his elbow.
Youssoufa Moukoko went closest to breaking the deadlock before the break as Karim Adeyemi’s cutback found the 17-year-old inside the area, but he could only dribble an effort tamely at Ederson.
But the best chance of the match fell to Mahrez when he was brought down in the area following a sloppy challenge from Emre Can.
The Algerian stepped up and smashed his spot kick to Kobel’s right but the Swiss shot-stopper was equal to it as he parried the ball away.
It is the second penalty miss in two weeks for Mahrez – who also failed to score in the goalless draw with Copenhagen earlier this month – and a third miss from his last four.
The result sees City finish top of the group, while Dortmund have also qualified for the second round ahead of Sevilla and Copenhagen – with one game to spare.
More to follow.
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