Mahrez spot on as Man City put six past RB Leipzig

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Nathan Ake heads Manchester City into the lead against B Leipzig in the Champions LeagueNathan 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 scored six past RB Leipzig to put the pain of losing last season's final behind them.

City produced a stunning attacking display to overcome last season's Bundesliga runners-up and get their Group A campaign off to a winning start.

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 had 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 score 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 the group 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.

Free-scoring City building momentum

Guardiola had urged his players before the game to use the hurt from losing last season's final to spur them to go one step further this time.

In an astonishing match, they scored three times in each half to take their tally to 17 in the past four matches.

Nkunku's hat-trick means that Guardiola was not entirely satisfied with what he saw but there were plenty of positives as City's season continues to gather momentum.

De Bruyne did not look like a player making his first start of the season after injury, as the Belgium midfielder produced an electric performance, while Grealish looked like he belonged on the Champions League stage.

Manchester City's players celebrate scoring against RB Leipzig in the Champions LeagueThis was Manchester City's highest scoring Champions League game, surpassing the eight goals in their 5-3 victory over Monaco in February 2017

The England midfielder continues to thrive in his new surroundings and delivered one of the game's outstanding moments with his stunning finish.

After delivering the corner for Ake to score the game's opening goal, Grealish became the first Englishman to both score and assist on their Champions League debut since Wayne Rooney in September 2004.

With Phil Foden coming on to make his first appearance for City since the Champions League final defeat, Guardiola's side are looking stronger each game.

Ever the perfectionist, he will not be happy with the goals his side conceded.

Guardiola, in charge of City for the 300th time, was at his animated best as he delivered instructions to both Grealish and Mahrez as his side closed in on victory.

Player of the match

NkunkuChristopher Nkunku

with an average of 8.05

Manchester City

  1. Squad number10Player nameGrealish

  2. Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne

  3. Squad number26Player nameMahrez

  4. Squad number47Player nameFoden

  5. Squad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo

  6. Squad number9Player nameGabriel Jesus

  7. Squad number6Player nameAké

  8. Squad number21Player nameTorres

  9. Squad number3Player nameRúben Dias

  10. Squad number20Player nameBernardo Silva

  11. Squad number16Player nameRodri

  12. Squad number25Player nameFernandinho

  13. Squad number31Player nameEderson

  14. Squad number7Player nameSterling

  15. Squad number11Player nameZinchenko

  16. Squad number8Player nameGündogan

RB Leipzig

  1. Squad number18Player nameNkunku

  2. Squad number17Player nameSzoboszlai

  3. Squad number9Player namePoulsen

  4. Squad number8Player nameHaidara

  5. Squad number21Player nameBrobbey

  6. Squad number10Player nameForsberg

  7. Squad number25Player nameOlmo

  8. Squad number33Player nameAndré Silva

  9. Squad number32Player nameGvardiol

  10. Squad number27Player nameLaimer

  11. Squad number14Player nameAdams

  12. Squad number4Player nameOrban

  13. Squad number16Player nameKlostermann

  14. Squad number3Player nameAngelino

  15. Squad number22Player nameMukiele

  16. Squad number1Player nameGulácsi

Line-ups

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

Substitutes

  • 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

Substitutes

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

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3.

  2. Second Half ends, Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3.

  3. Attempt saved. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Fernandinho.

  4. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Willi Orban.

  5. Attempt missed. Yussuf Poulsen (RB Leipzig) header from the centre of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Dominik Szoboszlai with a cross following a corner.

  6. Corner, RB Leipzig. Conceded by Rúben Dias.

  7. Attempt blocked. Dominik Szoboszlai (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yussuf Poulsen.

  8. Goal! Manchester City 6, RB Leipzig 3. Gabriel Jesus (Manchester City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the bottom left corner following a corner.

  9. Attempt blocked. Rúben Dias (Manchester City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

  10. Attempt blocked. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Péter Gulácsi.

  12. Foul by Nathan Aké (Manchester City).

  13. Brian Brobbey (RB Leipzig) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Offside, Manchester City. Fernandinho tries a through ball, but Nathan Aké is caught offside.

  15. Corner, Manchester City. Conceded by Lukas Klostermann.

  16. Attempt missed. Brian Brobbey (RB Leipzig) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josko Gvardiol.

  17. Substitution, RB Leipzig. Josko Gvardiol replaces Christopher Nkunku.

  18. Substitution, Manchester City. Gabriel Jesus replaces Jack Grealish.

  19. Second yellow card to Angeliño (RB Leipzig) for a bad foul.

  20. João Cancelo (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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