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RB Leipzig v Manchester City Live Commentary, 2021/12/07

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2 - 1
RBL
MCI
D. Szoboszlai (24)
André Silva (71)
R. Mahrez (76)
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That's all for today, goodbye! 
Leipzig got the win that they needed to finish third in the group, though any result would've been good enough after Brugge lost to PSG in the other tie. They'll go into the draw for the Europa League last 32 on Monday. City were already through as group winners, and they'll find out their opponents for the last 16 on Monday as well. 
RB Leipzig are into the Europa League after seeing off 10-man City 2-1. The hosts had a brilliant first half, with Szoboszlai breaking the deadlock with a cool finish into an empty net after rounding Steffen. After the break, City pushed, but found themselves 2-0 down after a quick break saw Silva pick out the bottom corner. Mahrez did pull one back with a stooping header from a tight angle before Walker got sent off after he kicked out at the back of Silva late on.
90' + 4' FULL-TIME: RB LEIPZIG 2-1 MANCHESTER CITY.
90' + 3' Steffen launches a long free-kick from City's half into the box which Simakan rises to clear and the Leipzig players are just waiting for the final whistle to blow.
T. Adams
Yellow Card
RB Leipzig
90' + 1' Adams trips Grealish to stop his run down the left, and he's shown a yellow card. 
89' Leipzig have another rare chance to break with Szoboszlai making progress down the left. He tries to pull it back for Nkunku, but he wasn't expecting it and City have possession back again.
Rúben Dias
N. Aké
Manchester City
87' And Ake, who was moving gingerly after a heavy landing on his back, is taken off, with Dias on for him.
C. Palmer
K. De Bruyne
Manchester City
87' There's also a double change for City. Palmer is on in place of De Bruyne.
Ilaix Moriba
André Silva
RB Leipzig
86' Final change for Leipzig now and Moriba is on to replace Silva.
86' CLOSE! It's clever footwork from De Bruyne as he drags it away from Szoboszlai to open up the space on the edge of the box. He drills his shot towards the near post, which has Gulacsi scrambling, but it's just wide.
84' A free-kick is swung into the box for Leipzig and Kampl rises for it with Ake. The defender gets there first to clear his lines but plans heavily on his back, and he's moving gingerly when he gets back to his feet.
K. Walker
Red Card
Manchester City
82' CITY DOWN TO 10! Silva is running down the left and he tries to shield the ball from Walker, who is coming in quickly behind him. The right-back seems to just kick out at the back of Silva and the referee shows him a straight red card.
J. Stones
Yellow Card
Manchester City
81' Stones is arguing that City should have a penalty and the referee books him for dissent.
81' BLOCK! Grealish makes another good run down the left for City and cuts back inside to get away from Henrichs. He drills a low shot on goal and a deflection off Simakan takes it wide.
B. Brobbey
E. Forsberg
RB Leipzig
80' Double change for Leipzig now, with Forsberg the first to go off. Brobbey is on for him.
B. Henrichs
N. Mukiele
RB Leipzig
79' And Mukiele is also making way, with Henrichs on for him.
78' Leipzig are keeping possession well at the moment, and Adams slides a throughball into Szoboszlai. He picks out Mukiele, who cushions a header down for Forsberg, but his shot flies high over the bar. 
O. Zinchenko
Assist
Manchester City
76' None of the Leipzig defenders closed Zinchenko down when he got the ball, and he had the space to put a lovely cross into the box.
R. Mahrez
Goal
Manchester City
76' MAHREZ PULLS ONE BACK! Zinchenko has acres of space down the left, and he curls a wonderful cross into the far post. The Leipzig defenders completely switch off, and Mahrez stoops to head it, sending his header back across goal and into the bottom corner. 2-1! 
75' CHANCE! City are asking for a penalty after Sterling goes to ground, but they keep hold of the ball. It falls for Fernandinho, who takes on the shot, but a deflection off Simakan takes it over. VAR has a quick check, but no penalty is given.
73' City are pushing upfield again, with Grealish slotting in Gundogan down the left. Leipzig flood players back into their own box though, and the cross is blocked at the near post.
E. Forsberg
Assist
RB Leipzig
71' Forsberg was alert when Stones' loose pass came into Fernandinho to nick it back for Leipzig. 
André Silva
Goal
RB Leipzig
71' SILVA SCORES! Stones gives the ball away and Forsberg breaks away for Leipzig. He takes it into the box and fools Ake into thinking he's taking a shot. He squares it to Silva instead, and he has time to take a touch before slotting into the bottom corner. 2-0 Leipzig! 
69' City are once again keeping Leipzig penned back in their own half until Walker stumbles and Szoboszlai picks his pocket. He knocks it back to his keeper, and the hosts are just happy to have possession.
67' Leipzig are trying to get back on the front foot as Forsberg looks to switch it out to Mukiele. Zinchenko is staying very tight to him though and intercepts the cross.
65' Gundogan does well to spin away from Kampl and pick out Fernandinho, who is given a lot of time on the ball. He can't pick out a team-mate though as his floated cross to Grealish is cut out.
T. Adams
K. Laimer
RB Leipzig
63' Laimer's had a much quieter second half, so he's taken off and replaced by Adams.
62' Leipzig are just starting to find their rhythm a little bit now and Forsberg has dropped deep to get on the ball. He goes long, looking for Silva, but it's cut out by Ake. 
60' Gundogan's shot is blocked and Leipzig break quickly on the counter after clearing their lines. Nkunku clips it into Forsberg and his first-time shot is helped over the bar by Fernandinho.
58' Leipzig just can't get on the ball at the moment, despite all their efforts with the high press. City are comfortable in possession and patiently working it out from the back.
56' De Bruyne takes a quick free-kick to Grealish, who ends up having to go back to the Belgian when he's blocked off by Mukiele. He whips an early cross into the box, but Mahrez has just strayed offside. 
54' Mukiele loses track of Sterling again and Gundogan picks out the substitute with a good throughball. By the time he curls a cross in though, a belated offside flag has gone up.
52' Forsberg nicks it off Ake in his own half before driving through midfield. He switches it out to Angelino, who slows the attack right down, giving City the chance to get back, and he ends up hitting his cross against Walker.
50' Leipzig just can't get on the ball here as Gundogan switches it out to Sterling with a lovely pass. He tries to square it into the middle but it's cut out by Mukiele, who then fouls him on the left wing. 
48' City have started the second half brightly and Gundogan breaks through the middle. Gvardiol sticks out a leg to trip him, and City have another free-kick in a good position. De Bruyne hits a tame effort into the wall from the set-piece. 
46' City get us back underway for the second half! 
M. Simakan
L. Klostermann
RB Leipzig
46' And for Leipzig, it's Simakan that's replacing Klostermann.
R. Sterling
P. Foden
Manchester City
46' There's a change for both sides at the start of the second half. For City, Sterling is on for Foden.
Leipzig are doing exactly what they need to here, with a win enough for them to finish third in the group. However, they are helped by the fact that Club Brugge are losing 3-0 to PSG in the other group game. Guardiola won't be happy with a loss, even if this game doesn't have any consequences, so City will be expected to have a much better second half.
Szoboszlai's goal gives Leipzig a 1-0 lead over City at half-time. The hosts had a great first half, with Steffen having to make some good saves to keep out Laimer, Forsberg and Silva. It was Szoboszlai who broke the deadlock after a quick break and he kept his cool to take the ball around Steffen before slotting into the empty net. City's only shot on target at the other end was a free-kick that Gulacsi pushed away.
45' + 1' HALF-TIME: RB LEIPZIG 1-0 MANCHESTER CITY. 
44' SAVE! De Bruyne steps up to take the free-kick for City just to the left of the D, and he gets this one on target. He curls it over the wall, but it's at a comfortable height for Gulacsi, who pushes it away.
43' Gvardiol gets too tight to Mahrez and City have a free-kick in a good position through the middle. The Leipzig players are claiming it was soft, but the referee's decision is made. 
41' OFF THE POST! Leipzig switch off for a second and De Bruyne switches it into Foden. He's unmarked and he fires a low shot across goal. It looks like Gulacsi gets the slightest of touches to it to send it against the far post. 
39' GREAT SAVE! Gundogan is caught on the ball by Laimer, who works it out to Mukiele. He whips a great cross into Szoboszlai at the far post, and he nods it across the box to Silva. He thumps a header on goal, and Steffen denies him from very close range. 
38' Four of Szoboszlai's five goals in the Champions League have been scored in home games, while he's also the top-scoring Hungarian player in the competition's history (five).
36' Gundogan's first throughball to Foden is cut out by Mukiele, but the German picks him out on the second attempt. The right-back is there again though and puts it out for a corner, which Ake heads over.
34' All of City's outfield players are currently in Leipzig's half and the hosts are dropping deep to close down the space. Foden makes another run down the left, but can't pick out Gundogan this time. 
32' Grealish spins away from Mukiele before running into a crowd, so he pulls it back for Foden. He can't bring it under control though, and Leipzig are able to clear their lines. 
K. De Bruyne
Yellow Card
Manchester City
30' The referee was working out the distance for Leipzig's wall on a City free-kick when De Bruyne tried to take it quickly. Much to his frustration, he's then booked for not listening to the referee's instructions.
28' City are keeping possession well and Fernandinho gets his head up. Foden is cutting inside from the left, but the Brazilian can't pick him out with a floated cross. 
26' GOOD SAVE! Laimer gets away again before playing in Szoboszlai, who is sprinting down the right. He pulls it back to Forsberg, who hits his shot from the middle of the box, but Steffen sticks out an arm to deny him.
K. Laimer
Assist
RB Leipzig
24' Laimer's had a brilliant start to the game and he holds off Fernandinho to find the space to play in Szoboszlai.
D. Szoboszlai
Goal
RB Leipzig
24' SZOBOSZLAI SCORES! Laimer plays a wonderful throughball between City's defenders to pick out Szoboszlai's run. He darts through the middle, with Stones unable to get back to him. Steffen rushes off his line and Szoboszlai keeps his cool to take it around the keeper before slotting it into the empty net. 1-0 Leipzig! 
22' CHANCE! De Bruyne whips a wonderful cross into the far post and Foden tees up Grealish with his first touch. He lets fly, but a slight deflection off Klostermann takes it over the bar. 
21' Laimer is finding all sorts of space in midfield and he plays another dangerous pass into the middle of the box. Silva is chasing it down, but Steffen is off his line quickly to intercept it. 
19' Again, Leipzig are going for a more patient build-up until Gvardiol spots Silva peeling off the back of Walker. He plays a hopeful ball over the top, but it bounces harmlessly out of play.
17' CHANCE! It's a great switch of play out to Mahrez on the right and his cross comes at Gundogan too quickly. It bounces back to De Bruyne though and he lifts his effort just over the bar. 
15' GOOD SAVE! Laimer makes another darting run into the box from midfield and tries a backheel into Silva. It's cut out by Ake, but his touch goes straight back to Laimer. He then takes a shot from a tight angle, and Steffen has to get down sharply to push it away.
K. Kampl
Yellow Card
RB Leipzig
14' Kampl was pulling back De Bruyne to stop him from breaking away, and he's shown the first yellow card of the game.
12' Mahrez slides it through for De Bruyne down the right and he fizzes a dangerous low cross into the middle. Grealish was caught on his heels though and Klostermann makes a good clearance. 
10' There's good news for Leipzig coming in from the other game, with Paris Saint-Germain already beating Club Brugge 2-0 in the first 10 minutes of the other group game.
8' Grealish spots Foden's run down the left and somehow manages to squeeze it past Mukiele out to him. His first touch benefits the defender though and he manages to nick it back.
6' Leipzig are pressing high upfield and Laimer wins it back before slipping in Forsberg. He touches it into Silva, but by the time he gets to the edge of the box, there are three City defenders crowded around him.
4' Gvardiol plays a good throughball down the right to Nkunku, who makes a good run down the wing. Ake has two attempts at trying to cut him off before he's helped out by Zinchenko.
2' Gulacsi plays it to Gvardiol on the edge of the box, but he quickly loses out to Foden. He switches it out to Mahrez on the right, who tries to float a cross into Grealish, but it's cut out by Klostermann. 
1' Silva gets the game underway for Leipzig!
The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away!
City are unbeaten in their last 14 Champions League games against German opponents (W13 D1), in a run that began in November 2014. They have won the last nine such fixtures in a row by an aggregate score of 28-9.
Pep Guardiola makes seven changes from the win over Watford last time out, with only Walker, Gundogan, Foden and Grealish retaining their places. De Bruyne also makes his first start since recovering from coronavirus. The likes of Aymeric Lapotre, Rodrigo, Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva are all rested. 
Interim manager Achim Beierlorzer makes just two changes to the side that lost to Union Berlin on Friday as he brings Kampl and Forsberg into the side. Nkunku also starts after scoring a hat-trick against City in the reverse fixture. Adams is available on the bench after suspension, with Henrichs also named amongst the substitutes.
MANCHESTER CITY SUBS: CJ Egan-Riley, Ederson, Scott Carson, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, Romeo Lavia, Raheem Sterling, Ruben Dias, James McAtee, Cole Palmer.
MANCHESTER CITY STARTING XI (4-3-3): Zack Steffen; Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nathan Ake, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Ilkay Gundogan, Fernandinho, Kevin De Bruyne; Riyad Mahrez, Jack Grealish, Phil Foden.
RB LEIPZIG SUBS: Ilaix Moriba, Solomon Bonnah Owusu, Tyler Adams, Josep Martinez, Mohamed Simakan, Brian Brobbey, Benjamin Henrichs. 
RB LEIPZIG STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Peter Gulacsi; Nordi Mukiele, Lukas Klostermann, Josko Gvardiol, Angelino; Kevin Kampl, Konrad Laimer; Christopher Nkunku, Dominik Szoboszlai, Emil Forsberg; Andre Silva.
Leipzig can't qualify for the Champions League knockout rounds, but they still have a chance of making it into the Europa League. They'll finish third if they win, if Club Brugge lose, or if they draw with City and Brugge fail to win. They've won just one of their last four in all competitions (L3), but that was last time out in this competition with a 5-0 win over the Belgian side. As for City, their work is done as they're already through to the last 16 as group winners. On MD1, they emphatically saw off Leipzig with a 6-3 victory.
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