Football news: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Highlights & Report 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League.

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Highlights & Report 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League. Referee: Gozubuyuk S. (Ned), Venue: Etihad Stadium (Manchester)

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Highlights 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League.

Football news: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Highlights & Report 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League.

Goal – 1:0 – 16’Ake N.(Grealish J.), Manchester CityA perfectly taken corner kick. Nathan Ake (Manchester City) gets on the end of it and produces a fantastic bullet header from around the penalty spot into the roof of the net, increasing the score of today’s match – 1:0.

Football news: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Highlights & Report 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League.

Own goal – 2:0 – 28′(Own goal) Mukiele N.(De Bruyne K.), Manchester CityNordi Mukiele (RB Leipzig) beats his own keeper to score a very unlucky own goal!

Football news: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Highlights & Report 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League.

Goal – 3:2 – 51’Nkunku C., RB LeipzigGoal! Dani Olmo is the provider and Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) is the executioner, dispatching the cross into the left side of the goal from close in with his head. 3:2.

Football news: Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Highlights & Report 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League.

Goal – 4:3 – 73’Nkunku C.(Poulsen Y.), RB LeipzigGoal – 4:3! Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig) gets a shot away from the edge of the box and scores into the bottom left corner. Yussuf Poulsen provided an assist for the goal.

Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Report 15 September 2021. UEFA Champions League.

A high-scoring affair at the Etihad Stadium saw last season’s UEFA Champions League runners up kick off the 2021/22 campaign in clinical style with a 6-3 victory in Group A. 

Firmly on-par with pre-match expectations, it was the home side who took an early lead, as Nathan Aké leapt above a glut of lurking Leipzig defenders to head home from a corner in emphatic fashion just 15 minutes into the match. Things quickly got worse for the German outfit, as centre-back Nordi Mukiele headed the ball into his own net from close range soon after, giving Manchester City a 2-0 lead after 27 minutes. 

Fortunately for Jesse Marsch’s men, a well-worked combination in the box found the head of Christopher Nkunku, who nodded the ball behind Ederson to cut the deficit in half just four minutes before the HT whistle. However, their joy was short-lived, as a handball in the box resulted in a penalty kick for the Cityzens on the stroke of HT, which was ferociously slotted home by Riyad Mahrez to reclaim the two goal lead. 

Yet again, Leipzig responded well with an early goal in the second half, and it was déjà vu for the City defenders, who left Nkunku alone in the penalty area. Hardly able to believe his luck, the midfielder calmly headed the ball home to cut City’s lead in half for the second time in the match.

Once again, the English champions responded quickly, as a scintillating solo goal from £100m man Jack Grealish restored City’s advantage, but the drama did not stop there. On 73 minutes, Nkunku completed his hat-trick, only for City’s Joao Cancelo to respond moments later with a superb strike from outside of the box. The new 5-3 scoreline was swiftly followed by a red card for Leipzig full-back Angeliño on his return to the Etihad.

A late Gabriel Jesus goal would cap off the dramatic evening at the Etihad, and put an extra degree of panache on City’s now 18-game run of Champions League group stage victories. As for Nkunku, he gains a degree of distinction despite the result, having made himself the fourth man this century to score a Champions League hat-trick but still find himself on the losing side.

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