Man City secure top spot in group despite being held by Borussia Dortmund

Manchester City secured top spot in Group E after a largely uneventful 0-0 draw with Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park.

City came closest to breaking the deadlock when Riyad Mahrez’s second-half penalty was saved and they remain unbeaten and assured of first place with one game to play.

The point was also enough for Dortmund, who were intent on keeping a clean sheet after having the best of the first half, and they too are guaranteed a place in the last 16.

Guardiola gave goalkeeper Stefan Ortega his club debut and England defender John Stones returned to action for the first time in seven matches after recovering from a hamstring injury.

Nathan Ake, Ilkay Gundogan, Julian Alvarez and Phil Foden also returned to the starting lineup, while Ederson, Kevin de Bruyne, Jack Grealish, Bernardo Silva, Manuel Akanji and Aymeric Laporte were all rested.

With City already assured of their place in the knockout stage and one point enough to see Dortmund through, the opening exchanges lacked any real pace.

City keeper Ortega made his first save with his legs in the 16th minute when Karim Adeyemi stayed wide to run for goal.

Erling Haaland was cleared by his former club before being taken off at half-time

Erling Haaland was sent off by his former club before being taken off at half-time (Tim Goode/PA)

Adeyemi was instrumental again as Dortmund began to stretch City’s back four, first picking Giovanni Reyna on the left edge of the area after a smooth move, but the latter’s curling effort was well held by Ortega.

German striker Adeyemi then produced an excellent low cross into the path of Youssoufa Moukoko, who let the ball pass through him before stepping aside.

Teenage striker Moukoko combined with Adeyemi again and forced Ortega into another save.

City had 66 per cent possession in the first half but never bothered Dortmund keeper Gregor Kobel, with Nathan Ake’s imposing header from Phil Foden’s free-kick just before the break flying above the crossbar.

Erling Haaland had little chance of making an impact against his former club and was replaced at the break by Bernardo Silva, with Manuel Akanji in place of Joao Cancelo.

Dortmund were the first to threaten after the restart when Jude Bellingham failed to connect properly with his shot inside the box before City gave up on taking the lead after receiving a 57th-minute penalty .

Mahrez went down under Emre Can’s reckless challenge but the City winger’s subsequent kick was comfortably saved by Kobel, much to the delight of the home crowd.

City continued to dominate the ball and began to pose a bigger threat as Alvarez’s first volley was saved well by Kobel.

But with the score sufficient to take both teams through, there was little urgency in the closing stages, with neither team creating any new chances.

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