Manchester City 6-3 RB Leipzig: Last season’s second places started flying

Nathan Ake leads Manchester City in the lead against B Leipzig in the Champions League
Nathan Ake scored his first Champions League goal since joining Manchester City for £ 40m. From Bournemouth in August 2020

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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RB Leipzig

  1. Troop number1Player nameGulácsi

  2. Troop number22Player nameMukiele

  3. Troop number16Player nameKlostermann

  4. Troop number4Player nameOrban

  5. Troop number3Player nameAngelino

  6. Troop number14Player nameAdams

  7. Troop number27Player nameLaimer

  8. Troop number18Player nameChicken

  9. Troop number25Player nameOlmo

  10. Troop number10Player nameForsberg

  11. Troop number33Player nameAndré Silva

  1. Troop number8Player nameHaidara

  2. Troop number9Player namePoulsen

  3. Troop number17Player nameHis room

  4. Troop number21Player nameBrobbey

  5. Troop number32Player nameGuardiola

Lineups

Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 27Cancel
  • 3Reuben Dias
  • 6What
  • 11ZinchenkoBooked after 12 minutes
  • 17De BruyneReplaced forThe footon 71 ‘minutes
  • 16RodriReplaced forFernandinhoon 59 ‘minutes
  • 20Bernardo silvaReplaced forGündoganon 59 ‘minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 21TorresReplaced forSterlingon 72 ‘minutes
  • 10GrealishReplaced forGabriel Jesuson 81 ‘minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Walker
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 47The foot
  • 80Palmer
  • 84Slicker
  • 90Lavia

RB Leipzig

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 22Mukiele
  • 16KlostermannBooked after 45 minutes
  • 4Orban
  • 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

Substitutes

  • 2Simakan
  • 8Haidara
  • 9Poulsen
  • 17His room
  • 21Brobbey
  • 26Kourouma Kourouma
  • 31Martínez
  • 32Guardiola
  • 39Henrichs
  • 44Kampl

Judging:
Serdar Gozubuyuk

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