BORUSSIA Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham came to the rescue to earn a 1-1 draw with visitors Sevilla in their Champions League Group G game on Tuesday which sent Manchester City through to the next round and kept the Germans waiting longer to qualify.
Under new manager Jorge Sampaoli, who replaced Julen Lopetegui five days ago, Sevilla have delivered a much improved performance since losing 4-1 at home to Dortmund last week, taking charge and looking sharper in attack.
Dortmund, who fought back after two goals against Bayern Munich to draw 2-2 on Saturday in the Bundesliga, were on their backs at the start.
Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic fired over the bar in the 12th minute but turned provider and delivered an assist six minutes later, sending a free kick into the box for Tanguy Nianzou to power a header in.
The hosts, who needed a win to secure their place in the next round, battled against Sevilla and equalized in the 35th through an in-form Bellingham.
The England international, who has now scored in each of Dortmund’s four group matches, stole home after a well-executed move down the right wing, to become just the third teenager to score in four consecutive Dortmund matches. Champions League after Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe.
But Sevilla got off to a better start again after the break and should have done better in the 67th minute when Erik Lamela’s one-yard effort was stifled by goalkeeper Gregor Kobel with what was the game stopper .
The result means City, leading on 10 points after their 0-0 draw at FC Copenhagen, are certain to finish in the top two with two rounds of fixtures remaining.
Dortmund, second on seven points, will look to seal their place in the knockout stage when they host City on October 25. Sevilla, third with two points, still have a slim chance of reaching the last 16.
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