Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham came to the rescue, scoring a 1-1 draw with Sevilla in Tuesday’s Group G Champions League game that sent Manchester City through to the next round and made the Germans wait longer to qualify.
Under new coach Jorge Sampaoli, who replaced Julen Lopetegui five days ago, Sevilla delivered a much-improved performance after last week’s 4-1 loss at home to Dortmund, taking command and sharpening their attack.
Dortmund, who had fought back to 2-2 in the Bundesliga after two goals behind against FC Bayern Munich, were on the back foot at the beginning.
Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic shot over the bar in the 12th minute but he turned to the assist and made a perfect assist six minutes later, firing a free-kick into the box for Tanguy Nianzou to head in.
The hosts, needing a win to secure their place in the next round, took the fight to Seville and equalized in the 35th through the in-form Bellingham.
The England international, who has now scored in each of Dortmund’s four group games, volleyed home after a well-executed step down the right wing to become the third teenager after Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe to score in four consecutive Champions League -Play scored a goal.
But Sevilla got off to a better start after the break and should have done better in the 67th minute when Erik Lamela’s shot from a meter out was smothered by keeper Gregor Kobel with the save of the game.
The result means City, who sit 10 points ahead after being held 0-0 at FC Copenhagen, are sure to finish in the top two with two rounds to go.
Dortmund, second on seven points, will be looking to secure their place in the knockout stages when they host City on October 25.
Sevilla, in third place with two points, still has a slim chance of reaching the round of 16.