Witness the complete playback and highlights of the match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig.
GAME ON at 20:00 (GMT) on the 28th of November 2023
The official overseeing this match is G. Nyberg
The match took place at the renowned Etihad Stadium.
This showdown is part of the Europe – UEFA Champions League, Group G, Season 2023/2024.
Manchester City vs RB Leipzig Full Match Reports
In a captivating UEFA Champions League (UCL) group-stage clash, Manchester City orchestrated a remarkable comeback from a two-goal deficit to triumph 3-2 over RB Leipzig, securing the coveted top spot in Group G.
With passage to the UCL knockouts already secured, Leipzig approached the match with a sense of liberation, aiming to assert dominance in the group with nothing to lose. Xavi Simons issued an early warning for Pep Guardiola’s squad, but it was Die Roten Bullen who exploited lax defending to break the deadlock. Loïs Openda capitalized on Janis Blaswich’s long ball, darting behind the City defense to slot a precise finish inside the far post.
Despite fielding a surprisingly strong XI, City seemed sluggish initially, possibly complacent with the assurance of a continued UCL campaign in the new year and a likely seventh consecutive first-place group finish. Rico Lewis missed a golden opportunity for the hosts, and Openda capitalized again, leaving Rúben Dias trailing before eluding Joško Gvardiol’s challenge and beating Stefan Ortega near post.
The lackluster first-half performance didn’t escape the displeasure of City fans, but the atmosphere shifted after the break as the hosts finally found their rhythm. Just 10 minutes into the second half, Phil Foden threaded a delicate pass to Erling Haaland, who marked his entry into the contest with a confident low finish past Blaswich. The home side engaged in patient probing, and the inevitable equalizer arrived through a well-executed passing sequence culminating in a precise Foden finish.
Substitute Fábio Carvalho believed he had restored the visitors’ lead, only to be denied by the offside flag. This narrow escape proved crucial as Foden orchestrated another exceptional team goal, providing a setup for City substitute Julián Álvarez to seize the lead with almost no time left.
That decisive goal secured City’s victory, maintaining their streak of scoring three or more goals in UCL home games for the eighth consecutive time. The impressive second-half display solidified Group G standings, with the Manchester side advancing as group leaders and the Bundesliga outfit joining them as runners-up.
Man of the Match: Phil Foden (Manchester City).