Manchester City 6-3 RB Leipzig: Last season’s runners-up off to flying start

Nathan Ake heads Manchester City into the lead against B Leipzig in the Champions League
Nathan Ake scored his first Champions League goal since joining Manchester City for £40m from Bournemouth in August 2020

Jack Grealish scored a wonderful goal on his Champions League debut as Manchester City put the pain of losing last season’s final behind them to get their European campaign off to a winning start against RB Leipzig.

Grealish, the British record £100m signing from Aston Villa, illuminated Etihad Stadium after cutting inside from the left before curling home to make it 4-2.

In an extraordinary game, Nathan Ake put Pep Guardiola’s side ahead with a powerful header – the 10th different player to score in a City shirt this season – before a calamitous own goal by Nordi Mukiele doubled the lead.

The France defender got his angles horribly wrong as his attempted header back to his keeper following Kevin de Bruyne’s delivery ended up in the net.

City did not have things all their own way, however, and Mukiele made up for his error by playing a role in Christopher Nkunku’s goal to make it 2-1 before Riyad Mahrez restored the two-goal cushion with a penalty after Lukas Klostermann handled.

Nkunku gave RB Leipzig hope with a header only for Grealish to his second for the club with a delightful finish.

Former Paris St-Germain player Nkunku completed his hat-trick, but Joao Cancelo added a stunning fifth and substitute Gabriel Jesus a sixth to set City up nicely for their biggest test in Group A away to PSG on 28 September.

RB Leipzig finished with 10 men after former Manchester City player Angelino was sent off in the 79th minute for a second yellow card.

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RB Leipzig

  1. Squad number1Player nameGulácsi

  2. Squad number22Player nameMukiele

  3. Squad number16Player nameKlostermann

  4. Squad number4Player nameOrban

  5. Squad number3Player nameAngelino

  6. Squad number14Player nameAdams

  7. Squad number27Player nameLaimer

  8. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

  9. Squad number25Player nameOlmo

  10. Squad number10Player nameForsberg

  11. Squad number33Player nameAndré Silva

  1. Squad number8Player nameHaidara

  2. Squad number9Player namePoulsen

  3. Squad number17Player nameSzoboszlai

  4. Squad number21Player nameBrobbey

  5. Squad number32Player nameGvardiol


Man City

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 27Cancelo
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 6Aké
  • 11ZinchenkoBooked at 12mins
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forFodenat 71′minutes
  • 16RodriSubstituted forFernandinhoat 59′minutes
  • 20Bernardo SilvaSubstituted forGündoganat 59′minutes
  • 26Mahrez
  • 21TorresSubstituted forSterlingat 72′minutes
  • 10GrealishSubstituted forGabriel Jesusat 81′minutes


  • 2Walker
  • 7Sterling
  • 8Gündogan
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 33Carson
  • 47Foden
  • 80Palmer
  • 84Slicker
  • 90Lavia

RB Leipzig

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Gulácsi
  • 22Mukiele
  • 16KlostermannBooked at 45mins
  • 4Orban
  • 3AngelinoBooked at 79mins
  • 14AdamsBooked at 49mins
  • 27LaimerSubstituted forHaidaraat 60′minutes
  • 18NkunkuSubstituted forGvardiolat 81′minutes
  • 25OlmoSubstituted forBrobbeyat 72′minutes
  • 10ForsbergSubstituted forSzoboszlaiat 61′minutes
  • 33André SilvaSubstituted forPoulsenat 60′minutes


  • 2Simakan
  • 8Haidara
  • 9Poulsen
  • 17Szoboszlai
  • 21Brobbey
  • 26Kourouma Kourouma
  • 31Martínez
  • 32Gvardiol
  • 39Henrichs
  • 44Kampl

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