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PremierLeague-News.Com - The 17-year-old was in Champions League quarter-final action for Borussia Dortmund against Manchester City on Tuesday night
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Former Birmingham City star Jude Bellingham showed more of his undoubted potential in the Champions League on Tuesday night. Still only 17, Bellingham was in quarter-final first leg action for Borussia Dortmund against Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. City eventually emerged 2-1 winners at the halfway point of the tie. But Bellingham earned plenty of praise for his performance against Pep Guardiola's runaway Premier League leaders. The England international, who left boyhood club Birmingham last summer to join Dortmund for £25million, also had a goal controversially disallowed. He nicked the ball off the foot of City goalkeeper Ederson before finding the empty net but was harshly penalised for a foul. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will auto-play soon8Cancel Play now Dortmund did eventually score to cancel out Kevin De Bruyne’s opener through Marco Reus six minutes from time but Phil Foden gave the home side the edge with a last-gasp winner. Asked about the Bellingham incident, Guardiola initially said: “Listen, it is better not to talk about referees in the Champions League. “I’m not going to speak now. We have a huge list about this kind of situation in this competition so it’s better to make no comment. The ref made his decision and that’s all.” Guardiola was willing to speak a little bit more about the officials later, however, when asked about the sight of one of the assistant referees asking Dortmund forward Erling Haaland for his autograph after the game. Read More Related Articles Birmingham City transfer embargo, McGree gamble and stifling Brentford - every word from Lee Bowyer Read More Related Articles 'You are crazy' - Lee Bowyer delivers defiant verdict on Birmingham City's relegation battle There was further controversy in the match when City were awarded a penalty but Hategan reversed his decision after viewing the pitchside monitor. He said: “I didn’t see it but maybe he’s a fan of Haaland and he’s here, so why not? “The referees were brilliant. The game was not a problem. It was a penalty but the people saw the VAR and it was not a penalty. “After the Bellingham action the leg is higher than expected, so the referee and linesmen were correct, perfect. They did a good job. That’s all. Nothing happened.” Bellingham took the Twitter after the match to post a clip of his disallowed goal, along with the one-word caption: "Gutted." Be smart.
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Meanwhile, former Aston Villa striker Stan Collymore tweeted: "Embarrassing that this isn't a goal by Bellingham. Just embarrassing. "Struggling to understand so many decisions in the sport today. This is just not fair or right or even remotely an infringement." Match of the Day and BT Sport presenter Gary Lineker agreed, calling it a "refereeing howler". The former England striker was clearly impressed by Bellingham, tweeting: "What a footballer @BellinghamJude is going to be. Make that, already is." That sentiment was echoed by Birmingham fans, who know all too well about the teenager's talent. "It's nice to sit back and watch the world realising we weren't overhyping Bellingham," said one on Twitter. Another tweeted: "Can't believe its taken until now for people to realise what an absolute baller Jude Bellingham is. They laughed at all us bluenoses. Kid's different class. And at 17... Foden - Bellingham. Future of England." Meanwhile, a third supporter added: "Remember when all Blues fans were telling everyone who would listen just how good Jude Bellingham is, and will be. Ridiculed for using the word 'generational', and describing him as one of the world's biggest talents. Yeah, told you so."
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