April 16, 2021

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Jude Bellingham reacts to shocking disallowed goal in Champions League

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Jude Bellingham was surprised his goal for Borussia Dortmund was disallowed (Picture: BT Sport)

Jude Bellingham insists he thought he won the ball ‘fairly’ for his controversial disallowed goal during Borussia Dortmund’s Champions League defeat to Manchester City.

Bellingham beat Man City goalkeeper Ederson to a through ball but the referee blew for a foul against Dortmund with the England star racing towards an empty net, preventing the intervention of VAR which would likely have allowed the goal to stand.

The incident occurred after Kevin de Bruyne had fired City ahead and while Marco Reus scored a second-half equaliser for the visitors, they still left the Etihad empty-handed as Phil Foden’s last-gasp striker clinched a 2-1 victory.

‘I definitely think I won the ball fairly, it’s a bit frustrating in a time when they’ve got so many cameras watching the game they don’t wait for me to put the ball in the net and then check it,’ Bellingham told BT Sport after the match.

‘It’s football, it’s life, just got to get on with it. All I’ve been told is I’ve been booked and it’s a free kick for them.

‘I think they should have checked it. Apparently I’ve got my studs up, caught the goalkeeper and it’s a foul.’

Dortmund will leave Manchester with mixed feelings, having scored a potentially vital away goal but then conceding late on in a blow to their hopes of reaching the semi-finals.

On Dortmund’s performance against runaway Premier League leaders Man City, Bellingham added: ‘They’re one of the best, if not the best in the world. The way they go to regain the ball back after losing it is world class.

‘To give Kevin de Bruyne that much time in the box he’s going to score and that much time around the box he’s going to put a ball in the box that damages us and it did. It’s a frustrating one but we move on.’

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola, meanwhile, praised his team for their victory but insisted the tie was far from over ahead of next week’s return leg.

He said: ‘Dortmund are strong, a good quality with the players they have and the quality it is difficult to do what we want to do it but 2-1 and we have a good chance next week.

Phil Foden’s late winner lifted Man City (Picture: Getty)

‘We are going to watch the game. We will adjust a few things to go there and try to win the game. Next Leeds and then we go to Germany to try and win the game.

‘Borussia Dortmund is a typical club from the Champions League. We have one more game there and with the result 2-1 we will try to score the goals there to win.

‘We are going to analyse what we have to do like we have done for four or five months. Every game we play to win.’

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