Can Dani Olmo inspire RB Leipzig to a famous victory away at Manchester City and record signing Jack Grealish in the first game of UEFA Champions League Group A on Wednesday (kick-off: 9pm CEST)?
FOUR MINUTES ADDED ON
We're into stoppage time now, with four extra minutes to be played.
JESUS MAKES IT SIX
Leipzig struggle to clear a corner and it eventually bobbles kindly for Jesus, who is left with a tap-in at the back post.
AKE NEARLY GETS A SECOND
Foden delivers a corner from the left, Fernandinho heads it back into the middle and Ake stretches to get a toe on it. Gulacsi is able to save - and it wouldn't have counted anyway as the assistant referee's flag is raised for offside.
Leipzig are reduced to ten men after Angelino is sent off - the first red card of his career - following a second bookable offence, this time for a late challenge on Grealish.
FRUSTRATION FOR LEIPZIG
Once again, Leipzig score only to concede again soon afterwards. Cancelo is under no pressure as he receives the ball 25 yards out, and he unleashes an unstoppable drive into the top corner.
The Frenchman becomes the first Leipzig player ever to score a Champions League hat-trick, collecting Poulsen's pass as he runs into the box on the right before smashing it across Ederson and into the far post.
SZOBOSZLAI DRILLS OVER
The Hungarian has a go himself this time, but his swerving effort from 25 yards sails just over.
CHANCE FOR ANGELINO!
Szoboszlai spies Angelino in space on the left and lays the ball off to him to shoot. The Spaniard gets an effort away, but it's blocked by a defender.
TORRES GOAL DISALLOWED
Another superb pass from Cancelo, this time for Torres, who rounds Gulacsi and slots into an open net. It won't count though as VAR confirms the City attack was offside.
GÜNDOGAN ALMOST IN!
Cancelo pings a brilliant pass from the back to find Gündogan, who has found space to run beond the Leipzig defence. His first touch is a bit too heavy though, giving Gulacsi the opportunity he needed to come off his line to smother.
FLURRY OF SUBSTITUTIONS
Leipzig coach Marsch has shaken up his side in attack as they bid to get another foothold in the game. It's a bit of a surprise to see Forsberg go off, as he's been one of the side's better players going forward, but Szoboszlai is a handy replacement at any rate. Poulsen comes on for Silva to bring more of a physical presence, while the attack-minded Haidara is on for Laimer in central midfield.
CITY PULL CLEAR AGAIN
Just as in the first half, City go two goals clear again moments after conceding. Grealish is given time and space to pick up a ball on the left and he drives inside, cutting past Adams onto his right foot before curling an unstoppable shot past Gulacsi into the far corner.
DE BRUYNE CURLS WIDE
The hosts very nearly find the target again as De Bruyne whips an effort at goal from the edge of the box, but it whistles narrowly wide.
LEIPZIG HIT BACK!
Laimer strides forward through the middle and slides the ball out to his left to Olmo. He dinks an inviting cross into the middle of the City box, where the unmarked Nkunku registers his second headed goal of the game!
Adams receives a yellow card for a late tackle on Grealish, a challenge that typifies the visitors' start to this half as they come out battling.
The hosts get the ball rolling at the Etihad Stadium once again.
TOUGH TASK FOR LEIPZIGHow quickly things can change! Leipzig looked to be well back in the game after Nkunku pulled a goal back, but how will Mahrez's penalty with the last kick of the half affect the visitors mentally? They've shown they can get at City, particularly down the left, so they're by no means out of it yet.
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MAHREZ MAKES IT THREE
Mahrez lashes in from the penalty spot, firing in high to Gulacsi's left, to restore the home side's two-goal lead.
PENALTY TO CITY
Klostermann is penalised for handball as he inadvertently blocks Torres' header.
LEIPZIG BACK IN IT!
The visitors had sent some warning signs that City failed to heed in the minutes building up to this, and now they've got a goal back. Forsberg is unchallenged on the left-hand side of the City box and he floats a cross to Mukiele at the back post. He heads it back into the middle, atoning somewhat for his own goal, and Nkunku heads over the line from close range!
FORSBERG IN BEHIND
The Sweden attacker rolls his marker and collect a pass at the byline on the left. He tries to hook it into the middle for Silva, but is off balance as he does so and fails to make a clean connection, allowing Ederson to collect.
NEXT CHANCE FOR LEIPZIG
Angelino tears forward into space on the left. He gets to the byline and tries to drill a cross into the middle for Silva, but Ake gets there first and clears for a corner.
SILVA GOAL RULED OUT
Olmo slots a pass through to Silva, who goes one-on-one with Ederson. The goalkeeper makes a block and Silva prods in the rebound from close range, but it won't count as the striker was offside when he received the original pass.
CITY EXTEND ADVANTAGE
De Bruyne skips through a couple of challenges on the right and floats a ball towards the back post, looking for Grealish. Mukiele gets there first but his attempt to cushion a header back to Gulacsi goes wrong and the ball bobbles past his goalkeeper and into the net.
AKE INCHES AWAY
De Bruyne curls in a free-kick from City's left towards the far post. Ake charges towards it but can't get a touch on the ball at full stretch at the back post.
ALL TO PLAY FORLaimer and Marsch plot a way back into the game after falling behind early on.
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NKUNKU SURELY... BUT NO!
Leipzig's best move of the match by some way as some slick, one-touch passing sees them slice through City's midfield and defence. Forsberg's pass out to the right is intended for Silva but he leaves it for Nkunku, who side-foots wide of the far post. A goal wouldn't have counted anyway, as Silva was in an active offside position from Forsberg's pass, but encouraging from Leipzig nonetheless.
JUST WIDE FROM MAHREZ
City are pushing for a second here and they go very close to getting one as Mahrez cuts in from the right a curls a shot towards the back post. It looks like it's going in,but it takes a deflection off Orban and bounces wide.
AKE PUTS CITY AHEAD
Leipzig will be disappointed with their defending for this goal as it came from a set-piece. Grealish swings a corner in from the left and Ake times his run well to out-jump everyone else in the box to head in from close range.
OLMO HAS A GO
The ball sits up nicely for Olmo, around 30 yards from goal in a central position. He attempts an ambitious shot from range, but it whizzes just wide of the target.
Ferran Torres goes down in the Leipzig area under a challenge from Adams. The Spaniard appeals to the referee for a penalty, but the official instead awards Leipzig a free-kick for offside in the build-up.
Leipzig have had some joy in the last couple of minutes, freeing themselves from City's pressing with accurate long balls forward. Nkunku and Silva have done well to bring the balls down and under control, although they haven't had support quick enough to do much with it.
ANGELINO IN FOCUS
The home side seem to be targetting former teammate and Leipzig left-back Angelino here, with most of their play concentrated on their right flank via Mahrez. They haven't had much joy yet though.
HOSTS ON FRONT FOOT
City have pinned Leipzig back in these early stages as they look to establish an early advantage. Tyler Adams is receiving treatment on the field after receiving a ball to the face.
HERE WE GO!
Leipzig get the ball rolling in Manchester!
The Champions League anthem is belting around the stadium. We're moments away from kick-off now!
LEIPZIG'S GAME PLAN
"We were obviously disappointed with the result against Bayern, but we tried hard on Saturday and played some good football," said Marsch at his pre-match press conference. "Bayern were just incredibly clinical in front of goal. We’ve taken home some lessons from the game, and against Manchester City we must be ruthless and we need everyone to be at the top of their game. We need to be brave on the ball.”
BEWARE OF SILVAIt's been a tough start for Andre Silva at Leipzig following his summer move from Eintracht Frankfurt, with the Portuguese forward netting just once in five competitive outings this term. He's got real class though - as this highlight reel from his time at Frankfurt shows!
FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHING
This is the first meeting between these teams - competitive or otherwise.
TEAM NEWS - MAN CITY
Guardiola has made four changes to his line-up following victory over Leicester City at the weekend. Ake comes in for Laporte at centre-back, with Cancelo switch flanks to right-back as Zinchenko comes in on the left. Further up the field, Mahrez beings in attack midfield, with Gabriel Jesus dropping to the bench.
TEAM NEWS - LEIPZIG
Leipzig head coach Jesse Marsch has made three changes to the team that lost at home to Bayern Munich at the weekend. Klostermann replaces Simaken in central defence, Adams comes in for Kampl in central midfield, and Forsberg takes Szoboszlai's place in attack.
MAN CITY STARTING XI
Ederson - Cancelo, Dias (c), Ake, Zinchenko - De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva - Mahrez, Torres, Grealish
MAN CITY SUBS
Carson, Slicker, Walker, Sterling, Gündogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, Lavia
LEIPZIG STARTING XI
Gulacsi (c) - Klostermann, Orban, Mukiele, Angelino - Laimer, Adams - Forsberg, Olmo, Nkunku - Silva
Martinez, Simaken, Haidara, Poulsen, Szoboszlai, Brobbey, Moriba, Gvardiol, Henrichs, Kampl
HELLO AND WELCOME!
Leipzig are the last of the Bundesliga representative to get their Champions League campaign up and running. Wolfsburg picked up a point in Lille yesterday and Bayern beat Barcelona, while Dortmund currently lead Besiktas 2-0. Can Die Roten Bullen also pick up a positive result?
The trip to Manchester is another top-class fixture for Leipzig, hot on the heels of a domestic heavyweight clash against Bayern Munich. That game was Olmo’s first since returning from his extended summer break after playing at both UEFA Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. The Spanish playmaker got an hour alongside new striker Andre Silva and Dominik Szoboszlai, who is also basically new after injury pushed back his debut by eight months. Those two have already given glimpses of what they can do, especially in the 4-0 win over VfB Stuttgart where they both scored. After being rested following a busy international break across the Atlantic, American midfielder Tyler Adams is restored to Jesse Marsch’s starting XI alongside Konrad Laimer, who keeps his place after his thunderous goal from 35 yards against Bayern.
Having seen Leipzig beat and ultimately eliminate Manchester United from the Champions League last season, City will know not to underestimate their guests at the Etihad Stadium. Former Bayern boss Pep Guardiola guided the Cityzens to their first-ever final in the competition only a few months ago, while Grealish is in line to make his European debut at club level. Former Borussia Dortmund and Nuremberg midfielder Ilkay Gündogan begins on the bench, but ex-Wolfsburg and Werder Bremen playmaker Kevin De Bruyne starts as he makes his way back from an ankle injury. Phil Foden is also among the substitutes for the English champions ahead of this first match of Group A that also includes Paris Saint-Germain and Club Brugge.
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- Leipzig left-back Angelino made 15 appearances in five years with City between 2014 and 2019. He showed them what they were missing last term with three goals and three assists in seven Champions League outings.
- Silva was Robert Lewandowski's closest challenger in the Bundesliga Torjägerkanone race last season with 28 goals for Eintracht Frankfurt. He is a goal and two assists into his Leipzig career.
- The Champions League's most recent debutants in 2017, Leipzig's best result to date was their run to the semi-finals in 2019/20, where they lost to PSG. Bayern then beat the Ligue 1 side in the final.
- Adams' goal in the quarter-final win over Atletico Madrid made him the first American ever to score that late in the Champions League.
- City coach Guardiola won seven major honours in three years as Bayern coach - including three Bundesligas - before leaving for England in 2016.
- Gündogan - City's top scorer last season with 17 goals in all competitions - previously made 152 Bundesliga appearances in spells with Nuremberg and Dortmund.
Man City: Ederson - Cancelo, Dias (c), Ake, Zinchenko - De Bruyne, Rodri, Silva - Mahrez, Torres, Grealish
Subs: Carson, Slicker, Walker, Sterling, Gündogan, Jesus, Fernandinho, Foden, Palmer, Lavia
Out: Mendy (suspended), Steffen (not included)
Doubtful: De Bruyne (ankle), Foden (foot)
Coach: Pep Guardiola
Leipzig: Gulacsi (c) - Klostermann, Orban, Mukiele, Angelino - Laimer, Adams - Forsberg, Olmo, Nkunku - Silva
Subs: Martinez, Simaken, Haidara, Poulsen, Szoboszlai, Brobbey, Moriba, Gvardiol, Henrichs, Kampl
Out: Halstenberg (ankle), Saracchi (knee)
Coach: Jesse Marsch