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Nine goal madness! RB Leipzig loses at Manchester City despite the Nkunku three-pack
By Nico Zeißler
Manchester – Fourth bust in the sixth game of the season! RB Leipzig unsurprisingly has its current negative run at the start of the Champions League can’t stop. At the English champions Manchester City, the Saxons lost 3: 6 (1: 3) in a rousing spectacle including a respectable performance.
At the Etihad Stadium, Nathan Aké City headed the front (1: 0/16. Minute), Nordi Mukiele then scored in his own goal (2: 0/28.). Christopher Nkunku made the connection three times (1: 2/42., 2: 3/51., 3: 4/73.), Riyad Mahrez (3: 1 / 45. + 2), Jack Grealish 4: 2 (56. ), Joao Cancelo (5: 3/75.) And Gabriel Jesus (6: 3/85.) Increased again. Angelino saw yellow-red (79th).
Pep Guardiola rotated four times in his 300th competitive game for the Citizens and after the 1-0 at Leicester City: Aké, Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kevin De Bruyne and Mahrez started for Aymeric Laporte (not in the squad), Kyle Walker, Ilkay Gündogan and Gabriel Jesus (all bank).
His counterpart Jesse Marsch reacted to the 1: 4 swatter against FC Bayern Munich with three changes: Lukas Klostermann, Tyler Adams and Emil Forsberg came in for Mohamed Simakan, Kevin Kampl and Dominik Szoboszlai (all bank).
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On his return to his old place of work, Angelino brought a dangerous cross from the left wing into the box after just 20 seconds, where Aké hit more Christopher Nkunku than the ball, but was able to prevent the Frenchman from closing (1st).
The Skyblues made it difficult for the Saxons, who played in the new dark blue and pink third jerseys, determined the match and wanted to force the guests to make mistakes when they lost the ball by pressing extremely early.
In the back, last year’s finalist was saddle-tight, which meant that Dani Olmo tried it from the second row after almost 15 minutes, but aimed clearly too high from 20 meters (14th).
Starting eleven from Manchester City against RB Leipzig
RB Leipzig’s team line-up at Manchester City
ManCity takes the lead through Nathan Aké, Nordi Mukiele heads into his own goal, Silva hits do not count
A little later, however, it hit. A corner kick flew in front of Péter Gulácsi’s box, who lingered on the line. Aké crept up from behind, screwed himself up from six meters higher than his direct opponent Willi Orban and scored the 1-0 (16 th).
The dominance of the English champions continued to grow, Mahrez initially circled past (20th). In the meantime, RB combined well forwards, but Nkunku warped at the conclusion (23rd).
Offensive, the Leipzig only knew how to help each other with high balls into the penalty area, but they never found a buyer. But they still hit – albeit in the wrong case! De Bruyne crossed from the right to the far post, where Mukiele wanted to clear in front of Jack Grealish, but stupidly pocketed the ball himself – 2-0 for City (28th).
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The Red Bulls continued to fight anyway. First André Silva was able to sink the ball into the goal in the second attempt, but before that he was clearly offside (35th).
His team mate did a better job: Nkunku headed 1: 2 (42nd) after a Forsberg cross and Mukiele storage. But the joy did not last long: Klostermann behaved unhappily with his arm in the sixteenth, with this he fended off a degree from Ferran Torres.
Referee Serdar Gözübüyük (Netherlands) decided correctly on a penalty after studying video, which Mahrez confidently converted in the top right – 1: 3 from Leipzig’s point of view (45th + 2).
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The renewed two-goal deficit seconds before half-time was the blow in the neck, many thought. But RB had courage and rewarded themselves for a good start in round two.
De Bruyne slipped away in midfield, Konrad Laimer grabbed the play equipment, placed half-left on Olmo, who had time and was waiting for the right moment for his chipball, which Nkunku transformed again with his head with his 1.75 meters – only 2 left: 3 (51st).
But the series of 17 unbeaten premier class group games were able to expand the Peps boys to 18. Because the 117 million man Grealish used a misfire from Adams, took it with a catch and put the ball beautifully in the top right – 4: 2 for Manchester (56th).
Ten minutes later, Torres pushed in to make it 5-2, but was previously offside (66th). And then it got really wild. Substitute Yussuf Poulsen played with his outside instep on Nkunku, who marked the three-pack from an acute angle – 3: 4 (73rd).
Only two minutes later this hope was dashed again when Cancelo restored the two-goal lead after a quick free kick – 5: 3 (75th). Shortly afterwards Angelino flew off the field with a yellow-red (79th).
The Citizens did not have enough and took advantage of the majority: Orban wanted to clear after a corner against Ruben Dias, but faked it, which ended up with Jesus. The Joker drove him in – 6: 3 (85th), madness and the end of a memorable Champions League evening!
For the Leipziger it goes on Saturday (6.30 p.m. / Sky) at 1. FC Cologne for the second win of the season, already at 4 p.m. City welcomes FC Southampton to ex-RB coach Ralph Hasenhüttl.
Cover photo: Image montage: Martin Rickett / PA Wire / dpa