Jack Grealish scored a wonderful goal on his Champions League debut as Manchester City put the pain of losing last season’s final behind them to get their European campaign started with a winning start against RB Leipzig.
Grealish, the British £ 100m signing from Aston Villa, lit up the Etihad Stadium after cutting from the inside left before curling home to make it 4-2.
In an extraordinary game, Nathan Ake put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead with a powerful header – the 10th different player to score in a city jersey this season – before a disastrous own goal by Nordi Mukiele doubled the lead.
The French defender got his angles terribly wrong when his attempted header back to his goalkeeper after Kevin de Bruyne’s delivery ended up in the net.
City, however, did not have things in their own way and Mukiele made up for his mistake by playing a role in Christopher Nkunku’s goal to make it 2-1 before Riyad Mahrez restored the cushion with two goals with a penalty kick, after Lukas Klostermann handled.
Nkunku gave RB Leipzig hope with a header just for Grealish to his second for the club with a nice finish.
Former Paris St-Germain player Nkunku completed his hat-trick, but Joao Cancelo added a fantastic fifth and substituted Gabriel Jesus a sixth to set City up nicely for their biggest Test in Group A away to PSG on 28 September.
RB Leipzig finished with 10 men after former Manchester City player Angelino was sent off in the 79th minute for another yellow card.
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- 3Reuben Dias
- 11ZinchenkoBooked after 12 minutes
- 17De BruyneReplaced forThe footon 71 ‘minutes
- 16RodriReplaced forFernandinhoon 59 ‘minutes
- 20Bernardo silvaReplaced forGündoganon 59 ‘minutes
- 21TorresReplaced forSterlingon 72 ‘minutes
- 10GrealishReplaced forGabriel Jesuson 81 ‘minutes
- 9Gabriel Jesus
- 47The foot
- 16KlostermannBooked after 45 minutes
- 3AngelinoBooked in 79 minutes
- 14AdamsBooked in 49 minutes
- 27LaimerReplaced forHaidaraon 60 ‘minutes
- 18ChickenReplaced forGuardiolaon 81 ‘minutes
- 25OlmoReplaced forBrobbeyon 72 ‘minutes
- 10ForsbergReplaced forHis roomon 61 ‘minutes
- 33André SilvaReplaced forPoulsenon 60 ‘minutes
- 17His room
- 26Kourouma Kourouma
- Serdar Gozubuyuk
Match ends, Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3.
Second half ends, Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3.
Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top center of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Willi Orban.
Try missing. Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) header from the center of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dominik Szoboszlai with a cross following a corner.
Corner, RB Leipzig. Conceded by Rúben Dias.
Attempt blocked. Right footed shot from Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig) is blocked. Assisted by Yussuf Poulsen.
Goal! Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner after a corner.
Attempt blocked. Rúben Dias (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Péter Gulácsi.
Error from Nathan Aké (Manchester City).
Brian Brobbey (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in his own half.
Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Nathan Aké is caught offside.
Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lukas Klostermann.
Try missing. Brian Brobbey (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josko Gvardiol.
Shift, RB Leipzig. Josko Gvardiol replaces Christopher Nkunku.
Shift, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Jack Grealish.
Second yellow card to Angeliño (RB Leipzig) for a bad foul.
João Cancelo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in his own half.