DORTMUND, Germany (Reuters) – Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham came to the rescue to earn a 1-1 draw against visitors Sevilla in their Champions League Group G match on Tuesday that sent Manchester City through to the next round and made the Germans wait longer to qualify.
Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic fired over the bar in the 12th minute but he turned provider and delivered a perfect assist six minutes later, floating a free kick into the box for Tanguy Nianzou to power in a header.
The hosts, needing a win to secure their spot in the next round, took the fight to Sevilla, under new coach Jorge Sampaoli, and levelled in the 35th through in-form Bellingham.
The England international, who has now scored in each of Dortmund’s four group matches, volleyed home from a well-executed move down the right wing.
The result means City, top on 10 points after their 0-0 draw at FC Copenhagen, are certain of a top two finish with two rounds of matches remaining.
Dortmund, second on seven points, will look to seal their spot in the knockout stage when they host City on Oct. 25. Sevilla, in third spot on two points, still have a slim chance of reaching the last 16.
(Reporting by Karolos Grohmann; Editing by Ken Ferris)