RB Leipzig vs Man City - LIVE!
Julian Alvarez’s netted a stunner as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League. City dominated the first-half, with Bernardo Silva somehow missing from just a couple of yards out before Phil Foden did finally open the scoring, as he was picked out by Rico Lewis and the first-time finished bounced off the turf and into the net.
It was one-way traffic in Germany, but from nowhere Leipzig levelled proceedings only a few minutes after the break. City lost the ball in the final third and Leipzig finally mounted a meaningful counter, Lois Openda played through and finishing well under pressure past Ederson.
The match remained level heading into the closing stages, at which point Alvarez, only just off the bench, curled a sensational finish into the top corner from the edge of the area to restore the lead. That forced Leipzig to push for an equaliser in stoppage-time, but that left space to be ruthlessly exploited. Alvarez slid the pass through to fellow substitute Jeremy Doku, who finished off a swift counter to leave City in complete control of Group G, and in confident mood heading into Sunday’s huge Premier League trip to face Arsenal.
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GOAL! Foden gives Man City lead
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22:56 , Matt Verri
Julian Alvarez’s netted a stunner as Manchester City returned to winning ways with a 3-1 win over RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
After defeats to Newcastle and Wolves, Pep Guardiola’s side travelled to Germany looking to make it two wins from two in Group G at the start of the defence of their European crowd, but it looked as though they would be frustrated.
However, Alvarez and Jeremy Doku came off the bench to save the day and ensure there were no further slip ups from City.
That put the match to bed!
22:00 , Matt Verri
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FT: RB Leipzig 1-3 Man City
21:54 , Matt Verri
Job done for Man City!
Had to work for it in the second-half, not as comfortable a night as it looked like being at one stage.
They are back to winning ways though and in charge of Group G.
GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-3 Man City | Jeremy Doku 90+1'
21:51 , Matt Verri
That seals it!
City with space on the counter and it’s ruthlessly exploited. Alvarez slides the ball through to Doku, all the space in the world and he calmly slots the finish into the bottom corner.
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90 mins: Three minutes added on.
Now or never for Leipzig - you’d back the latter.
21:47 , Matt Verri
87 mins: Nunes on for Silva, who has had a great night on his return from injury.
A few minutes to go, Leipzig need a goal... but they have everyone in their own half and are sitting behind the ball. Interesting.
GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-2 Man City | Julian Alvarez 84'
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CITY TAKE THE LEAD LEAD ON!
Stunning from Alvarez, edge of the box and he curls a glorious finish into the top corner. That is sensational.
21:42 , Matt Verri
83 mins: Brilliant from Raum!
Lewis slides the pass through to Haaland, briefly looks to be in on goal but Raum sticks a foot in and pokes the ball away to safety.
21:40 , Matt Verri
81 mins: Alvarez is on for Foden and he’s immediately in behind for City, but can only lob the ball up for Blaswich to comfortably claim.
Leipzig playing their way out from the back - would be fair to say the home fans are not hugely enjoying the experience.
21:38 , Matt Verri
78 mins: Werner is on for Leipzig and he’s flying away down the right, City won’t catch him.
Ball fizzed into the middle, too close to Ederson though and he can parry that away. Sesko and Werner will offer plenty of problems.
21:35 , Matt Verri
75 mins: Leipzig starting to look more and more like a side that would snap your hand off for a point.
Doku tries to ensure the hosts can’t settle for that, running at his man... well defended though. German side look rock solid.
21:32 , Matt Verri
72 mins: Two City changes, Doku and Ake on for Grealish and Akanji.
Grealish was reluctant to run at the Leipzig defence - dare say that won’t be an issue for Doku, who is absolutely rapid.
21:30 , Matt Verri
71 mins: City going to impress lengths not to shoot here!
Ball falls for Foden on the edge of the box, space is there for him but he tries to pull off an impossible pass to Grealish instead.
No such problems for Haaland, gets his shot away as Lewis fires the ball in. Wayward.
21:28 , Matt Verri
68 mins: Long spell of possession for City, more like what we saw in the first-half. Do at least feel now though that Leipzig can offer a threat when they win it back.
So patient from City, Silva in the box and opts to spin all the way back rather than get a shot away. Walker eventually whips it in, headed away with Haaland lurking.
21:24 , Matt Verri
65 mins: And now Leipzig have a really decent chance on the break, match is starting to open up.
Forsberg has plenty of space, first-time ball across the face of goal is too heavy though and straight out of play.
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63 mins: Off the bar!
Foden hammers the free-kick into the middle, crashes off the woodwork and spins away to safety. Almost caught everyone out.
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62 mins: Silva has been really sharp on his return to the side.
This time he goes on the outside, onto his right foot and Raum chops him down. Free-kick out wide for City, up come the centre backs.
21:18 , Matt Verri
58 mins: Foden fires the ball across the face of goal, brilliant delivery.
Haaland throws himself at it at the back post, gets decent contact on the finish... maybe too good, as it flies over the bar. Big chance.
21:16 , Matt Verri
56 mins: Grealish has spent the whole night getting the ball out wide and chopping onto his right foot, playing the ball back. Hasn’t gone forward once.
Not his best match, it would be fair to say...
21:13 , Matt Verri
53 mins: This is much more like it from Leipzig, we actually have a competitive match now.
Looking far more comfortable on the ball... and they’re nearly in again! Long ball over the top, Akanji gets underneath it and Forsberg had a big chance if he could have taken that down.
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21:09 , Matt Verri
50 mins: Guardiola, as you can imagine, looks absolutely horrified with that from City.
They gave the ball away in the final third and they were so exposed all of a sudden. Leipzig have looked good on the rare occasions they have attacked - they’re back to sitting in now.
GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-1 Man City | Lois Openda 48'
21:07 , Matt Verri
Out of nowhere!
Finally Leipzig do get themselves on the counter and they’ve taken full advantage - we’re level!
Poulsen slides a lovely pass through, City cut open and Openda finishes after running clean through.
21:04 , Matt Verri
Up and running for the second-half in Germany.
Meanwhile, in Newcastle...
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It was all worth the wait ✨
VAR confirm that Dan Burn's effort has doubled Newcastle's lead ✅
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HT: RB Leipzig 0-1 Man City
20:49 , Matt Verri
Not a single second of added-time, so that will be it for the first-half.
Man City in charge thanks to Phil Foden’s goal, and it could easily have been much, much better for them.
Leipzig really poor until the last five minutes or so, but they are still in this match.
20:46 , Matt Verri
43 mins: Leipzig are starting to offer a threat, which will suit City.
Haaland has all sorts of space down the left wing, time to drive into the box. Fires it across the face of goal, Blaswich parries it away and the ball cannons around before Leipzig eventually get it clear.
20:43 , Matt Verri
40 mins: Here we go - a Leipzig corner after an error from Dias! This is as good a moment in attack as they’ve had all night.
Taken short, eventually clipped in and the ball is allowed to bobble around in the box. Rodri is there though to hack it up the pitch.
20:41 , Matt Verri
38 mins: The hosts very much look like they’d be happy to just lose 1-0. Every player firmly in their own half.
A lot of talk about City having a big match against Arsenal to come this weekend - this has been less intense than a training session so far.
20:38 , Matt Verri
35 mins: Rare chance for Leipzig to counter.
When they do, it’s always down their left but they don’t want to run at Walker. That’s why, Openda briefly tries to do so and immediately he loses the ball.
20:34 , Matt Verri
31 mins: Haaland should make it 2-0!
Flag stays down and Haaland is in behind, tight angle and his poked finish is just wide of the far post. That was a massive chance.
Looks like it would have counted, just about onside.
20:32 , Matt Verri
29 mins: Foden with another chance, after Lewis and Silva combine brilliantly on the run.
This time the shot is charged down and Leipzig scramble it clear, but this isn’t working at all for the hosts. One down, but it could easily be three or four.
20:30 , Matt Verri
27 mins: Will Leipzig actually decide to leave their half now?
No sign of it yet. So easy for City so far, who have been utterly dominant. Lewis so impressive in midfield.
GOAL! RB Leipzig 0-1 Man City | Phil Foden 25'
20:28 , Matt Verri
Well that’s been coming!
City finally get the goal they deserve. Lewis in down the right, pulls the ball back perfect and Foden runs onto it to finish first-time. Lovely goal.
20:25 , Matt Verri
22 mins: Gvardiol too keen as Simakan brings the ball forward, Leipzig free-kick.
Well, they’ve barely had a kick so far but Leipzig have made it to the midway point of the first-half with it still goalless... somehow.
20:22 , Matt Verri
19 mins: And another chance!
Leipzig give it away on the edge of their own box, Foden picks the ball up and jinks past the challenges.
Off balance as he fires at goal, shot slices wide of the far post. Relentless from the visitors.
20:20 , Matt Verri
17 mins: The goal is coming if it stays like this, just constant pressure from City.
Silva out wide on the right, cuts inside into the box and onto his favoured left foot. Gets the shot away, did that strike an arm? City think so, referee does not. No penalty.
20:17 , Matt Verri
14 mins: What a miss!
City have somehow not taken the lead! Ball falls for Foden in the box, his shot bobbles towards the back post where Silva somehow turns it wide from about two yards.
Completely free - any sort of decent contact and it’s a goal.
20:16 , Matt Verri
13 mins: Chance for City at one end, but Grealish takes long to do anything with the ball and eventually decides to turn back as the opportunity goes.
Leipzig eventually win it back, Raum whips a decent cross into the City box but Dias is there to head the danger away.
20:14 , Matt Verri
11 mins: We’ve played just over ten minutes in Germany - City have had just under 90% possession!
Leipzig with no interest in pressing the visitors, giving the City defenders and midfielders all the time they want on the ball.
They have though done a decent job of keeping Haaland quiet... for now.
20:11 , Matt Verri
8 mins: Lewis with a nice drive through the Leipzig midfield, lays it off to Foden and the Englishman has space 25 yards out.
Opts to go for the shot, cannons into a white shirt though and Leipzig can clear. City seeing all of the ball but yet to create anything in the way of clear-cut chances.
20:08 , Matt Verri
5 mins: There was a moment for the hosts.
Lewis caught on the ball, Schlager robs him and Leipzig suddenly have space to burst into.
Really good from Lewis though, gets back quickly and wins the ball to make up for the earlier error.
20:06 , Matt Verri
3 mins: The early pattern is an expected one.
Leipzig sitting in a mid-block, letting City have the ball in defence and then looking to pounce quickly on the counter when they win the ball back.
That plan relies on actually winning the ball back though - City confident so far.
20:03 , Matt Verri
We’re up and running!
19:59 , Matt Verri
Teams are out onto the pitch, Marco Rose rocking a very strong cardigan look tonight.
As ever, the Champions League anthem isn’t exactly warmly received by the Man City fans in attendance...
Here we go!
19:53 , Matt Verri
Players will be in the tunnel any minute now.
Both these sides made strong starts to their Europeans campaigns, so a chance to take real control of Group G tonight.
It’s very rarely boring when Leipzig are involved - that might suit City though!
Atmosphere building in Germany...
19:47 , Matt Verri
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) October 4, 2023
Big game to come!
19:40 , Matt Verri
This is obviously a big test for City, but Pep Guardiola might have one eye on this weekend too.
His side travel to Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, in a match that provides the best two sides last season to make a statement in this title race.
In an ideal world, the City boss will be able to bring off some of his stars early in the second-half, with the win over Leipzig already secured.
Lots of work to do to get to that point though!
How City got off the mark in Europe this season...
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Dias: Motivation could not be higher
19:23 , Matt Verri
Ruben Dias insists motivation is just as high for Manchester City this season, despite finally winning the Champions League in last season’s treble-winning campaign.
Dias said: “Most definitely. More beautiful than doing it once is to do it twice and more beautiful that three Premier Leagues in a row is to win four.
“Also more beautiful than winning one Champions League is to win two in a row, the same goes to the FA Cup.
“The motivation couldn’t be any higher. We’re aware we’ve done something very special. We’re all very young and very hungry as well, we’ll make the math when it’s time to make it.
Leipzig in the building!
19:16 , Matt Verri
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) October 4, 2023
Gvardiol backed to impress on return
19:09 , Matt Verri
Ruben Dias has hailed Josko Gvardiol’s start to life at Manchester City, believing his fellow centre-back has quickly settled in after his summer move from RB Leipzig.
“I think he’s settling in very good. He’s a player with a tremendous quality, that’s easy to see,” Dias said.
“More than that is the fact he really wants to win. He’s one more piece to join to the party. He’s settling in very well. Good easy-going guy, easy person to communicate off and on the pitch.
“And obviously individual qualities aside that’s one big quality to have, that easy communication especially on the pitch.”
Silva straight back into City side
19:00 , Matt Verri
Interesting lineup named by Guardiola.
Bernardo Silva makes an immediate returing to the starting lineup after injury, while it’s Rico Lewis who partners Rodri in midfield. Kalvin Phillips on the bench.
Erling Haaland leads the line, Jack Grealish also starts as Julian Alvarez drops out of the side. Josko Gvardiola lines up at left-back against his former club.
Kevin Kampl only fit enough for the Leipzig bench tonight, where he is joined by Timo Werner and Benjamin Sesko.
RB Leipzig team news
18:55 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Blaswich, Klostermann, Simakan, Castello Jr., Raum, Xavi Simons, Seiwald, Schlager, Forsberg, Openda, Poulsen
Subs: Gulacsi, Lenz, Haidara, Werner, Baumgartner, Carvalho, Sesko, Kampl
Man City team news
18:50 , Matt Verri
Starting XI: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol, Lewis, Rodri, Bernardo, Foden, Grealish, Haaland
Subs: Ortega Moreno, Carson, Phillips, Stones, Ake, Kovacic, Doku, Alvarez, Gomez, Nunes, Bobb
Team news to come!
18:45 , Matt Verri
We’ll have all the team news from Leipzig within the next 15 minutes.
Man City have been boosted by the return of John Stones and Bernardo Silva to training, and the pair have both travelled with the squad to Germany.
Stones has not played since the Community Shield with a thigh problem while Silva has missed the last three games with a knock.
Guardiola said yesterday: “They feel better, Bernardo better than John. Both travel and we’ll decide tomorrow.
“We’re really happy they’re back. It’s taken a bit longer but they are back. That is the good news for us.”
“Tough game but we’re excited"
18:38 , Matt Verri
— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) October 2, 2023
Arsenal could face major blow ahead of City clash
18:31 , Matt Verri
Arsenal are facing an anxious wait to discover the extent of an injury suffered by Bukayo Saka in last night’s 2-1 Champions League defeat by Lens, with Sunday’s six-pointer against Manchester City looming.
Saka was forced off before half-time after feeling what manager Mikel Arteta described as “muscular” discomfort and was set for a scan and assessments by medical staff on Wednesday.
“I think every team in the world would miss Bukayo, but we have to see what happens in the next few days,” said Arsenal captain Martin Odegaard. “Hopefully, it’s not too bad and he’ll be ready for Sunday.
“Last night was not the best game for us. We have to keep going, we have to learn from it and make sure we bounce back in the next game. We have to move on, that’s all we can do now. It’s a massive game coming up and everyone is excited. We have to look forward, make sure we’re ready on Sunday.”
Haaland wants more of the same!
18:22 , Matt Verri
It was not an ideal night for RB Leipzig the last time these two sides met... to put it mildly.
They clubs met faced each other in the last-16 of the Champions League back in March, with the German side holding Man City to a 1-1 draw on home soil in the first leg.
There ends the good news. City won 7-0 at the Etihad, with Erling Haaland scoring five times. Room for improvement, for Leipzig...
Guardiola downplays travel issues
18:14 , Matt Verri
Pep Guardiola brushed off late changes to Manchester City’s travel plans for the trip to Leipzig.
The treble winners were due to fly to Germany for the Group G encounter on Tuesday afternoon but were delayed due to strong winds in the Leipzig area and their flight was rescheduled for the evening.
City manager Guardiola, who had been due to hold a pre-match press conference at the RB Arena on Tuesday, instead spoke to media remotely before travelling.
“It’s no problem,” he said. “That it’s safe to fly and land, that’s the important thing.
“It’s not at 7pm, (they said) you have to do it at 9pm and it’s not a problem. The authorities said it was so risky to fly before so that’s why we made the training session longer and the lunch longer.
“We have time to rest and now we are going to fly to Germany.”
18:06 , Matt Verri
Standard Sport prediction
17:56 , Matt Verri
Even though the last week or so hasn’t been great for City, it would be foolish to bet against them.
There are usually goals when Leipzig are involved and they can cause the City defence problems, but the defending champions should have enough to get the job done in an entertaining clash.
Man City win, 3-1.
Man City team news
17:50 , Matt Verri
John Stones and Bernardo Silva have both returned to training and are pushing to be involved tonight.
Rodri will be available as his three-match ban only applies for domestic football, and should return to partner Mateo Kovacic in midfield as Pep Guardiola opts for experience over the younger Matheus Nunes.
Elsewhere, Jeremy Doku and Phil Foden are the preferred pair to partner Erling Haaland and the “almost undroppable” Julian Alvarez up top. Jack Grealish will be pushing to start, though.
At the back, Josko Gvardiol will hope to get the nod over Nathan Ake at left-back to face his former club.
Manchester City predicted XI: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Gvardiol; Rodri, Kovacic; Foden, Alvarez, Doku; Haaland
RB Leipzig team news
17:42 , Matt Verri
Kevin Kampl is expected to miss out with a hip injury sustained during the draw with Bayern Munich last weekend, joining Timo Werner, Dani Olmo, Willi Orban and El Chadaille Bitshiabu on the treatment table.
Nicolas Seiwald or Amadou Haidara are likely to start in central midfield, while Xavi Simons is one to watch.
How to watch RB Leipzig vs Man City
17:37 , Matt Verri
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17:31 , Matt Verri
Hello and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of RB Leipzig vs Manchester City!
Two defeats in a row heading into this match for Pep Guardiola’s side, very rare that City have to deal with that kind of form. Three on the bounce? Leipzig will be hoping so.
We’ll have all the latest updates, build-up and team news ahead of kick-off, which comes at 8pm BST from the Red Bull Arena. Stay with us!