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Joel Ndala completes late Manchester City comeback

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Joel Ndala scored a stoppage-time winner as Manchester City produced a stunning late turnaround to defeat Borussia Dortmund in an action-packed UEFA Youth League tie.

Nico O’Reilly’s first-half strike put City ahead before a Vasco Walz wonder strike and a Julian Rijkhoff penalty looked to have earned Dortmund the points.

City refused to roll over and got back into it when Oscar Bobb tucked home a 90th-minute penalty to equalise before Ndala completed the late turnaround.

Dortmund went close to the lead in the 19th minute when the ball deflected to Prince Aning in the box who fired a shot toward the top corner which was well saved by Mikki van Sas.

City spurred a huge chance minutes later when Shea Charles played through O’Reilly but he delayed taking his shot, allowing Marian Kirsch to close the angle and make the save.

Brian Barry-Murphy’s side took the lead after 33 minutes when Carlos Borges got to the byline and pulled the ball back for O’Reilly who tucked it home.

City went close to doubling their lead early in the second half when Borges was played in over the top and attempted to chip Kirsch but his effort went slightly over.

Lion Semic almost equalised for Dortmund when he broke into the box and got his shot away which took a deflection toward the top corner but van Sas made a strong save.

The Germans got a deserved equaliser in the 72nd minute when substitute Noa-Gabriel Simic found Walz who turned his man before producing a stunning strike from 20 yards.

Dortmund were awarded a penalty minutes later when Rijkhoff was dragged down by Finley Burns in the box, the Dutch striker took it himself and fired home to put Dortmund ahead.

City were awarded a penalty of their own ten minutes later when substitute Ndala was brought down by Aning allowing Bobb to tuck in a late equaliser.

City snatched the points in stoppage time when Ndala got on the end of a cross to tap the ball around Kirsch before rolling the ball into the empty net.

The goal from Joel Ndala keeps City at the top of Group G and puts them in a strong position to reach the knockout stages after failing to do so in their last three campaigns.

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