A first-half goal from Mario Götze handed Borussia Dortmund a narrow 1-0 victory over Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at the International Champions Cup in Chicago to kick BVB's summer US tour off on a high note.
Manchester City 0-1 Borussia Dortmund
Goals: 0-1 Götze (pen. 28')
Dortmund coach Lucien Favre fielded a mix of experience and young hopefuls against the reigning Premier League champions, who likewise played with an experimental line-up at Soldier Field. The English side got off to the better start, attacking with pace and purpose, but they could not make their pressure count and gradually BVB settled into the game. USA international Christian Pulisic grew in influence as Dortmund began to dominate and he won a penalty when Oleksandr Zinchenko tripped him inside the box, allowing Götze to step up an confidently stroke the resultant spot-kick past Claudio Bravo.
Favre changed all 10 outfield players at the interval and his side very nearly doubled their lead within minutes of the restart when Mahmoud Dahoud powered forward from midfield before flashing a shot just wide from the edge of the box. Former City academy player Jadon Sancho was a lively outlet on the left for Dortmund, showing some nice touches against his former colleagues, and although Sergio Gomez had an effort ruled out for offside, neither team seriously threatened to add to the scoreline in what was ultimately a deserved win for BVB.
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Man City: Bravo (Hart 46') - Denayer (Humphreys 67'), Zinchenko, Garcia, Bolton - Douglas Luiz (Sane 76'), Harrison - Diaz (Dele-Bashiru 66'), Foden (Garre 73'), Mahrez (Roberts 73') - Nmecha (Touaizi 73')
Unused substitutes: Grimshaw, Muric, Pozo, Matondo, Wilson, Ogbeta
Absentees: Ederson, Stones, Otamendi, Kompany, Walker, Fernandinho, Gündogan, Delph, De Bruyne, D. Silva, Sterling, Aguero, Jesus (all on holiday), Mangala (knee), Danilo (ankle)
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Dortmund: Hitz - Bockhorn (Toljan 46'), Toprak (Diallo 46'), Zagadou (Dieckmann 46'), Schmelzer (Philipp 46') - Rode (Gomez 46'), Burnic (Sahin 46') - Bruun Larsen (Sancho 46'), Götze (Dahoud 46'), Pulisic (Pieper 46') - Isak (Wolf 46')
Unused substitutes: Piszczek, Oelschlägel, Hakimi, Bochdorn, Boadu, Hupe, Sechelmann
Absentees: Weigl (groin), Guerreiro, Kagawa, Delaney, Bürki, Akanji (all on holiday), Schürrle (permission to discuss possible transfer)
Coach: Lucien Favre
- Pulisic, 19, holds multiple records, including being the youngest foreign-born goalscorer in Bundesliga history and the youngest player to have tallied for the USA in a World Cup qualifier.
- Jadon Sancho scored 12 goals in 14 U18 Premier League games for Man City before making the move to the Signal Iduna Park last August.
- Die Schwarzgelben have never been beaten by Man City. The teams met home and away in the 2012/13 UEFA Champions League, drawing 1-1 in Manchester before BVB won 1-0 in Dortmund.
- Gündogan spent five years at Dortmund – winning the Bundesliga and DFB Cup double in 2012 – before leaving for the City of Manchester Stadium in the summer of 2016.
- Favre’s first game in charge of BVB was a 1-0 win over Austria Vienna last Friday, with Isak scoring the winner.
- As well as Pulisic, Sancho and Isak, Dortmund’s first-team squad boasts a further four teenagers, making it among the youngest first teams in the Bundesliga.