RB Leipzig has been hoping for a point against Manchester City for a long time. In the end, a dream goal from a world champion and a counterattack decide the one-sided game.
Star coach Pep Guardiola celebrated almost euphorically in front of the Manchester City fans on the Leipzig lawn, while RB coach Marco Rose had a little need to talk to his players in the center circle.
The defending champion was once again one size too big. RB Leipzig missed out on making amends for the 0-7 debacle against Man City and lost 1-3 (0-1) at home to the English champions for the first time in the Champions League.
Lois Openda (48th minute) gave the 45,228 fans hope for a point with his equalizer despite the clear inferiority, but world champion Julian Alvarez (84th) and Jeremy Doku (90th + 2) deservedly shot the defending champion to victory. Phil Foden (25th) had previously given City the first lead. At the third attempt, the English won in Leipzig for the first time. This leaves RB with three points after two games. The next opponent will be former European Cup winners Red Star Belgrade at home on October 25th.
“We kept the game open for a long time. We wanted to have more possession of the ball ourselves to bring calm into the game. In the second half we had good counterattack situations. In the end it wasn’t enough,” said RB national player Lukas Klostermann and Nicolas Seiwald said : “Foden is difficult to defend, extremely strong even without the ball. I tried to do my best and fought my way in.”
City shows the limits early on
Making amends was the order of the day at RB. Coach Marco Rose had not forgotten the bitter defeat in March in the round of 16. But all good intentions were quickly lost. The defending champions quickly showed RB their limits in the first half, unleashed constant pressure and hardly allowed Leipzig’s game to develop. In the meantime, the English had more than 80 percent possession of the ball. The Saxons, who had recently impressed in the 2-2 draw against Bayern, barely got into the duels. Man City was always one step faster.
Accordingly, the game rolled almost entirely in one direction in the first half. Only the exploitation of opportunities may have annoyed the meticulous star coach Pep Guardiola. In the 14th minute it was the Portuguese Bernardo Silva, who unexpectedly returned to the team, who failed to hit the ball properly from point-blank range. Then Foden put the ball next to the goal (19th).
This couldn’t go well for long – and it didn’t go well either. After a one-two with Silva, the 18-year-old Rico Lewis still had an eye for Foden, who scored with a placed touchdown. Guardiola showed a good hand by bringing in his youngster. Lewis, who represented the still-injured superstar Kevin De Bruyne well in midfield, was involved in several successful actions.
Seiwald comes too late
Rose was less successful with his personnel decision. New signing Nicolas Seiwald, who had barely played so far and came into the team for playmaker Kevin Kampl, came too late to concede the goal. Goal scorer Erling Haaland had a good chance shortly before the break, but he was a long way from his goal gala six months ago. The Norwegian didn’t have too many actions.
“You should be braver. You have nothing left to lose. You have to challenge them, that can only be done through duels and emotionality,” said DAZN expert Michael Ballack at the break and was not disappointed by the Leipzig team. Suddenly the Bundesliga team was more active, more grippy and more lively. And with the first successful action the equalizer was achieved. After Poulsen’s pass, Openda was free through. The Belgian shook off ex-Dortmunder Manuel Akanji and deliberately hit the far corner.
But the English immediately shifted up a gear – and had some top-class chances. First Haaland failed from close range (57th), then Foden hit the crossbar with a free kick (63rd). The pressure should pay off. The Argentinian Alvarez, who had recently been substituted, scored a dream goal, and Doku made everything clear on a counterattack.
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