Manchester City: The sky blues beat RB Leipzig 6-3 in a goal fest
The English champions ran riot over Leipzig at Etihad Stadium. Christopher Nkunku’s hattrick goes in vain.
Manchester City vs RB Leipzig: End to End
Manchester City scored six past RB Leipzig in a thrilling encounter. Jack Grealish scored a goal for the sky blues in his Champions League debut. The sky blues won their first Champions League match since their defeat against Chelsea in May.
City started the match slowly but scored their first goal on their first attempt on goal. Nathan Ake scored the opening goal after 16 minutes with a powerful header following a Grealish corner and the English champions scored their second of the night thanks to an own goal from Nordic Mukiele in the 28th minute. Kevin De Bruyne played his trademark cross from the right half-space in the corridor of uncertainty and the cross was completely misjudged by Mukiele, who completely wrongfooted the ‘keeper as he attempted to head back to him. This was De Bruyne’s first start for Manchester City since their Champions League final loss in May when he came off injured in the second half.
Despite trailing behind by two goals, Leipzig did not back down at all. The German side pressed high relentlessly in good numbers. Their hard work was rewarded with a goal in the 42nd minute as Emil Forsberg picked out Mukiele with a deep cross. Mukiele headed back across the goal for Nkunku to turn past Ederson. Thus redeeming himself a little following his earlier error. However, City responded instantly as Mahrez swept the penalty into the top corner to restore the double goal cushion.
The game again ended to end in nature, similar to the first half. Leipzig again reduced the arrears six minutes into the second half. Nkunku headed his second from a Dani Olmo cross. Grealish scored Manchester City’s fourth goal of the night as he raced onto a long ball from deep to cut inside from the left to curl a fine shot beyond Peter Gulacsi. This was Grealish’s first-ever appearance in the Champions League after his move from Aston Villa in the summer.
Nkunku scored his third goal of the night as he fired a low shot past Ederson to make it 4-3 on the board. However, City quickly smashed any hope of a comeback as Cancelo found the net from 25 yards out. Former Manchester City player Angelino was sent off in the 79th minute for a wild challenge on Cancelo. Meanwhile, Jesus wrapped up the scoring in the 85th minute as he fired home his side’s sixth from a tight angle.