Manchester City 6-3 RB Leipzig: Last season’s runners-up off to flying start

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Nathan Ake heads Manchester City into 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 off to a winning start against RB Leipzig.

Grealish, the British record £100m signing from Aston Villa, illuminated Etihad Stadium after cutting inside from the 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 shirt this season – before a calamitous own goal by Nordi Mukiele doubled the lead.

The France defender got his angles horribly wrong as his attempted header back to his keeper following Kevin de Bruyne’s delivery ended up in the net.

City did not have things all their own way, however, and Mukiele made up for his error by playing a role in Christopher Nkunku’s goal to make it 2-1 before Riyad Mahrez restored the two-goal cushion with a penalty after Lukas Klostermann handled.

Nkunku gave RB Leipzig hope with a header only for Grealish to his second for the club with a delightful finish.

Former Paris St-Germain player Nkunku completed his hat-trick, but Joao Cancelo added a stunning fifth and substitute 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 a second yellow card.

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Manchester City

Starting XI

  1. Squad number31Player nameEderson
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  2. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo
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  3. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias
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  4. Squad number6Player nameAké
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  5. Squad number11Player nameZinchenko
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  6. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne
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  7. Squad number16Player nameRodri
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  8. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva
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  9. Squad number26Player nameMahrez
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  10. Squad number21Player nameTorres
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  11. Squad number10Player nameGrealish
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  1. Squad number7Player nameSterling
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  2. Squad number8Player nameGündogan
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  3. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus
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  4. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho
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  5. Squad number47Player nameFoden
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RB Leipzig

Starting XI

  1. Squad number1Player nameGulácsi

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  2. Squad number22Player nameMukiele

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  3. Squad number16Player nameKlostermann

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  4. Squad number4Player nameOrban

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  5. Squad number3Player nameAngelino

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  6. Squad number14Player nameAdams

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  7. Squad number27Player nameLaimer

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  8. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

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  9. Squad number25Player nameOlmo

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  10. Squad number10Player nameForsberg

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  11. Squad number33Player nameAndré Silva

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  1. Squad number8Player nameHaidara

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  2. Squad number9Player namePoulsen

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  3. Squad number17Player nameSzoboszlai

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  4. Squad number21Player nameBrobbey

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  5. Squad number32Player nameGvardiol

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Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 27Cancelo
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 6Aké
  • 11ZinchenkoBooked at 12mins
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forFodenat 71′minutes
  • 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 59′minutes
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forGündoganat 59′minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 21TorresSubstituted forSterlingat 72′minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 81′minutes


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

RB Leipzig

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 22Mukiele
  • 16KlostermannBooked at 45mins
  • 4Orban
  • 3AngelinoBooked at 79mins
  • 14AdamsBooked at 49mins
  • 27LaimerSubstituted forHaidaraat 60′minutes
  • 18NkunkuSubstituted forGvardiolat 81′minutes
  • 25OlmoSubstituted forBrobbeyat 72′minutes
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forSzoboszlaiat 61′minutes
  • 33André SilvaSubstituted forPoulsenat 60′minutes


  • 2Simakan
  • 8Haidara
  • 9Poulsen
  • 17Szoboszlai
  • 21Brobbey
  • 26Kourouma Kourouma
  • 31Martínez
  • 32Gvardiol
  • 39Henrichs
  • 44Kampl

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Match Stats

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  1. Match ends, Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3.

  3. Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

  4. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Willi Orban.

  5. Attempt missed. Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dominik Szoboszlai with a cross following a corner.

  6. Corner, RB Leipzig. Conceded by Rúben Dias.

  7. Attempt blocked. Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yussuf Poulsen.

  8. Goal! Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

  9. Attempt blocked. Rúben Dias (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Péter Gulácsi.

  12. Foul by Nathan Aké (Manchester City).

  13. Brian Brobbey (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Nathan Aké is caught offside.

  15. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lukas Klostermann.

  16. Attempt missed. 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.

  17. Substitution, RB Leipzig. Josko Gvardiol replaces Christopher Nkunku.

  18. Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Jack Grealish.

  19. Second yellow card to Angeliño (RB Leipzig) for a bad foul.

  20. João Cancelo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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