Erling Haaland: Dortmund star involved in bizarre moment in the tunnel after Man City loss

Man City v Dortmund: Match in pictures

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Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland was involved in a bizarre incident in the Etihad Stadium tunnel following his side’s Champions League defeat to Manchester City. Pep Guardiola’s side will head into next week’s second-leg 2-1 up thanks to goals from Kevin de Bruyne and Phil Foden.

Haaland had set up Marco Reus to equalise with a cool finish six minutes from time, before Foden stroked in a last-minute winner.

Dortmund were though left feeling aggrieved by the Romanian officiating team, led by referee Ovidiu Hategan.

First, they awarded a soft penalty in the first-half when Rodri went down after a challenge by Emre Can, but that was overturned by VAR after replays showed the Spanish midfielder was not touched.

Then, after half-time they controversially ruled out a goal from Jude Bellingham, who had beaten Ederson to a through ball and tapped into an empty net, for a foul on the goalkeeper.

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Though replays suggested it was not a foul, VAR was unable to intervene and overturn the decision because the whistle was blown before Bellingham tapped in.

After the game, the match officials were involved in more controversy, when one of the assistant referees followed Haaland down the tunnel.

He then appeared to get the Norwegian striker to sign the red and yellow cards he was carrying in his pockets.

This all took place as players of both teams walked back down the tunnel following the game towards their dressing rooms.

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The incident drew the anger of many, including BT Sport pundit and former Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

“To the answer, no Jake,” he said when asked during BT’s post-match analysis if he was OK with match officials in Champions League matches getting autographs from players.

“You shouldn’t be [doing that] anyway. The officials had a job to do and a difficult first half. They got a lot of things wrong in that first half.

“Even the guys who do their job can be a fan but you can’t do that in front of other players, it doesn’t look right.”

But City boss Guardiola, who’s club are one of those interested in signing Haaland in the upcoming transfer window, was more sympathetic.

“Maybe he’s a fan of Haaland. Maybe it was for his son or daughter,” the City boss said.

“The referees were brilliant. They were perfect. I’ve never seen it before, but the referee and the linesman were correct, they did a good job. That’s all.”

City will take their slender advantage into the second leg of the quarter-final tie, to be played next Wednesday in Dortmund.

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