"I undoubtedly received the ball pretty" – Bellingham was annoyed by the officers when Dortmund misplaced in Man Metropolis
Marco Reus canceled Kevin De Bruyne's start late before Phil Foden's winner, but the visitors should have been on the same level long before that
Jude Bellingham admits he was upset by the decision that denied him a goal in the first half of Borussia Dortmund's Champions League quarter-final loss to Manchester City in the quarter-finals. The Englishman described the call as "a little frustrating".
For a long time, the Bundesliga team was able to assert itself against the more experienced hosts of Pep Guardiola in the Etihad Stadium, who, thanks to Phil Foden's 90th-minute winner, triumphed against their youthful visitors on home soil.
Marco Reus had previously canceled Kevin De Bruyne's first half when the game went to the finals, but Dortmund would have been equal long before that had it not been for a hasty call against Bellingham that was less of the behavior of referee Ovidiu Hategan was as impressed.
What did Bellingham say?
"I definitely think I won the ball fairly," the teenager told BT Sport full-time. "It's a bit frustrating at a time when so many cameras are watching the game that they don't wait for me to put the ball in the net and then check it out.
"It's football, it's life [and you have to] just move on. I was just told that I was booked and it was a free kick for them.
"I think they should have checked. Apparently I pulled up my bolts, caught the goalkeeper and it's a foul."
How did the incident go?
Bellingham seemed to have equalized Edin Terzic's brave side when he stole the ball from Ederson after the goalkeeper mistreated a delivery with his feet on the edge of his box.
But when the 17-year-old claimed possession, the shot-stopper fell to the ground and referee Hategan whistled before he could knock the ball into an empty net.
Since the call was made before Bellingham had drilled his target in the open goal, the decision could not be examined by VAR, but replays later showed that there had been no contact between the two players when the Dortmund player ousted Ederson from possession would have.
Bellingham pays tribute to De Bruyne
The former Birmingham City man was quick to show his respect for City even after the game, especially De Bruyne, who balanced his start with the eventual delivery that would determine Foden’s winners in the latter stages of the game.
"You are one of the best, if not the best, in the world," he added. "The way they get the ball back after losing is world class.
"To give Kevin de Bruyne that much time in the box he will score a goal and that much time in the box will put a ball in the box that will harm us and it did. It's frustrating but we go on. "
The bigger picture
Reus' late goal – orchestrated by Bellingham and Erling Haaland – gave Dortmund a lifeline despite Foden's late winner for City and thus scored an important away goal for the Bundesliga team.
They'll return home before next week's second leg knowing they'll make it to the semi-finals if they manage to keep City no goals and deliver at least one of their own in response.
However, Dortmund will know that against a team that weren't even at their best on Tuesday, it still frequently displays the clinical robustness that has brought them to the threshold of a potentially historic fourfold.
They may be hoping for a more flashy portrayal of Haaland, the competition's top scorer who has been largely muzzled by City on home soil but could prove to be a different kind of threat on his own field.