Angelino (r.) grabbed a goal and an assist as RB Leipzig reached the UEFA Champions League last 16 with victory at home to Manchester United. - © ANNEGRET HILSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
Angelino (r.) grabbed a goal and an assist as RB Leipzig reached the UEFA Champions League last 16 with victory at home to Manchester United. - © ANNEGRET HILSE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
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Angelino inspires win over Manchester United as RB Leipzig progress to UEFA Champions league knockout rounds

Early goals from Angelino and Amadou Haidara paved the way for RB Leipzig to book their place in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 with a 3-2 victory at home to Manchester United.

RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United
Goals: 1-0
Angelino (2'), 2-0 Haidara (13'), 3-0 Kluivert (69'), 3-1 Fernandes (pen. 80'), 3-2 Maguire (82')

Leipzig knew they needed to win to guarantee their spot in the knockout stage of the competition and they got off to the perfect start as Marcel Sabitzer delivered a cross from the right that Angelino drilled past Aaron Wan-Bissaka and David de Gea to give the hosts the lead inside two minutes. The advantage was doubled with less than a quarter of the hour on the clock when Angelino turned provider with a cross of his own for Haidara to volley home. Mason Greenwood had United’s best chance of the half, but Peter Gulacsi was equal to his attempted effort towards the far corner. Leipzig were very nearly out of sight by half-time when Willi Orban thought he had scored on the rebound after Nordi Mukiele’s header hit the crossbar, but it was ruled out for offside.

That gave the away side a glimmer of hope going into the second period and they came out strongly from the dressing room, but apart from a couple of shots from distance, they struggled to break down the Leipzig rearguard. Bruno Fernandes almost pulled one back with a free-kick that crashed off the crossbar, but the match appeared over with Leipzig’s next attack when substitute Justin Kluivert nipped in between Harry Maguire and De Gea to dink in from close range and put Leipzig 3-0 up. There were further twists to come, however, when United were awarded a penalty after Mukiele was adjudged to have fouled Greenwood, with Fernandes converting from the spot. They pulled another goal back just two minutes later, when Paul Pogba’s header from a corner bounced off Maguire and into the net, sparking a nerve-wracking finale. However, Julian Nagelsmann's side held on to book their place in the next round, eliminating their visitors in the process.

Match stats

  • Leipzig overtook United in the table with this win. No group winner has been determined as yet following the suspension of PSG's game against Istanbul Basaksehir.
  • Left-back Angelino is Leipzig's most potent attacking force this season with seven goals and four assists in all competitions, six of which have come in the Champions League (three goals, three assists).
  • Nagelsmann, at 33 years old, is the youngest manager in this year's competition. Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is five months older than the Leipzig tactician.
  • Only promoted to the Bundesliga in 2016, Leipzig are already in their third Champions League campaign, and made the semi-finals last season.
  • United's 5-0 win in their first meeting was Leipzig's heaviest European loss. It was one of only three defeats in Die Roten Bullen's last 16 games, with 11 wins and two draws in that time.
  • Marcus Rashford - alongside Borussia Dortmund's Erling Haaland and Juventus's Alvaro Morata - is the top scorer in this season's Champions League with six.

Line-ups

Leipzig: Gulacsi - Mukiele, Konate, Orban, Angelino – Sabitzer (c), Haidara, Kampl (Adams 75') - Olmo (Kluivert 56'), Forsberg (Poulsen 56'), Nkunku
Unused subs: Tschauner, Martinez, Sorloth, Halstenberg, Martel, Wosz
Out: Henrichs (knee), Hwang (not included), Klostermann (knee), Laimer (knee), Upamecano (suspended)
Coach: Julian Nagelsmann 

United: De Gea - Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw (Williams 61') – Wan-Bissaka, McTominay, Matic (Pogba 61'), Telles (Van de Beek 46') – Fernandes – Greenwood, Rashford
Unused subs: Henderson, Grant, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, James, Lingard, Mata, Ighalo
Out: Cavani (muscular), Fred (suspended), Jones (ineligible), Martial (muscular)
Coach:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

As it happened!

3 - 2

(2 - 0)

Leipzig
FINAL
Man United
Champions League
Matchday 6
Matchday 6Red Bull Arena

LEIPZIG HAVE DONE IT!

Julian Nagelsmann's side are through to the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League!
Full-time
90'
+ 4

INCHES FROM AN OWN GOAL!

Mukiele is at full stretch facing his own goal as he looks to cut out a cross and somehow puts it straight at Gulacsi!
90'
+ 2

ORBAN DOWN

Pogba whips in a cross from the left. Gulacsi calls for it but Orban keeps going and collides with his goalkeeper, who does well to hold onto the ball.
90'

ADDED TIME

There's four minutes of injury time to be played.
89'

STRAIGHT AT GULACSI

United counter quickly and the ball ends up with Rashford on the left. He uses the run of Williams to cut inside but powers his effort straight at Gulacsi.
85'

Substitution

sub
Marcel Halstenberg
Marcel Halstenberg
sub
Angeliño
Angeliño
85'

STILL IN LEIPZIG'S FAVOUR

Remember that a Leipzig win sends them through to the last 16. A draw will leave their fate hanging in the balance.
82'

POGBA GETS ONE BACK

A deep corner from Fernandes and Pogba gets up highest at the far post, heading home via the thigh of Konate.
82'

Paul Pogba

GOAL!

3:2
Paul Pogba
80'

FERNANDES CONVERTS

The usual little skip and the Portugal international puts the ball in the bottom left corner as Gulacsi goes the other way.
80'

Bruno Fernandes

GOAL!

3:1
Bruno Fernandes
79'

PENALTY TO UNITED

Konate takes down Greenwood in the box and the referee points to the spot.
78'

Substitution

sub
Timothy Fosu-Mensah
sub
Aaron Wan-Bissaka
78'

Substitution

sub
Axel Tuanzebe
sub
Victor Lindelof
77'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Victor Lindelof
75'

Substitution

sub
Tyler Adams
Tyler Adams
sub
Kevin Kampl
Kevin Kampl

KLUIVERT GETS THE THIRD

73'

GULACSI AGAIN

Fernandes with another crack, again Gulacsi isn't to be beaten as he tips over the bar.
72'

GREENWOOD AGAIN

A tidy turn by the striker inside the Leipzig box and he tries to put his shot across Gulacsi, but again the Leipzig keeper is equal to it.
70'

MCTOMINAY HITS IT

The United midfielder has a crack from range, but Gulacsi is equal to it.
69'

KLUIVERT NIPS IN!

A gift for Leipzig and they gladly accept it. Nkunku's cross from the left is deflected and neither Maguire nor De Gea deal with it, allowing Kluivert to nip in and tap home Leipzig's third!
69'

Justin Kluivert

GOAL!

3:0
Justin Kluivert
68'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Brandon Williams
68'

FERNANDES OFF THE BAR!

United have a free-kick left of centre and 20 yards out. Bruno bends it over the massive Leipzig wall but it doesn't dip in time to beat the crossbar, rattling back off the frame of the goal.
66'

BRUNO STRIKES

Bruno Fernandes rolls his man and hits one from 20+ yards, but Gulacsi sees it coming and makes the stop down low at his right-hand post.

RASHFORD KEPT QUIET

63'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Harry Maguire
61'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Justin Kluivert
Justin Kluivert
61'

Substitution

sub
Paul Pogba
sub
Nemanja Matic
61'

Substitution

sub
Brandon Williams
sub
Luke Shaw
56'

Substitution

sub
Justin Kluivert
Justin Kluivert
sub
Dani Olmo
Dani Olmo
56'

Substitution

sub
Yussuf Poulsen
Yussuf Poulsen
sub
Emil Forsberg
Emil Forsberg
55'

INCHES AWAY

Fernandez whips in a free-kick from deep on the right, but it evades every black shirt.
54'

UNITED ON THE FRONT FOOT

The visitors look to have had a rocket up their backsides during the break by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and are the team making things happen in this half. Yussuf Poulsen is getting ready for Leipzig.
52'

STRONG DANI!

Dani Olmo intercepts a pass midway into his own half and then looks to counter but is brought down on the halfway line by McTominay.
48'

KEEPING IT TIGHT

Leipzig faced just a single shot on target in the first half. The last time they faced so few in the Champions League was against Tottenham in March when they also had a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes. They won that one 3-0.
46'

SAME AGAIN PLEASE

Leipzig stick with the same team that started the game so well. Manchester United do make a half-time change, though, with Donny Van de Beek on for Alex Telles as they switch to a back four.
Kick-off!
46'

Substitution

sub
Donny Van de Beek
sub
Alex Telles

WHAT A HALF FOR LEIPZIG

Julian Nagelsmann's side are in total control against the three-time champions of Europe. Early goals from Angelino and Amadou Haidara have Leipzig just 45 minutes away from booking their place in the knockout stage after allowing Manchester United pretty much nothing bar a Greenwood shot saved by Gulacsi.
Half-time
45'

ADDED TIME

Two additional minutes at the Red Bull Arena.
43'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Luke Shaw
43'

UNITED PUSHING

Minutes to go before half-time and Leipzig are dropping back. It's allowing United possession but there's no way through.
42'

SETTLING IN

United started the game with a back three of Lindelof, Maguire and Shaw, but their wing-backs were nowhere to be seen when it came to defending and Leipzig took advantage out wide. But they look to have settled somewhat now with more of a back four.
39'

RASHFORD IN

United spot a gap in the Leipzig defence and send Rashford away. He skips inside Orban and Konate, but Angelino is across in time to knock the ball away.
37'

CHANCE FOR GREENWOOD

Orban slips in his own box and the ball bounces off him to Greenwood, but the Leipzig man recovers quickly enough to block the shot for a corner.
35'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Marcel Sabitzer
Marcel Sabitzer
32'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Nordi Mukiele
Nordi Mukiele
30'

RULED OUT

Willi Orban wheels away celebrating Leipzig's third but it doesn't count. Konate sees a header come back off the post and roll across the line for Orban to tap home, but the former captain was in an offside position and a VAR check rules the goal out.
24'

INTO THE BOX

United have a free-kick around 22 yards out. Fernandez put it into the wall but swings in a first-time cross on the rebound, that Konate does well to clear for a corner.
22'

¡ANGELINO, BIEN!

Is the cry that can often be heard from Dani Olmo towards his compatriot. And rightly so based on his performance so far.
16'

FORSBERG!

It should be three for Leipzig! Forsberg completely free inside the penalty area as the ball comes over from the left. He takes a touch but somehow puts his effort wide!
13'

AMADOU DOUBLES!

Leipzig are cruising! They stretch the United defence by moving the ball from right to left. Angelino crosses to the far post. It's over Forsberg but Haidara comes in behind and volleys past De Gea.
13'

Amadou Haidara

GOAL!

2:0
Amadou Haidara

ANGELINO DRILLS HOME

8'

GULACSI SAVES

United's first attack and it's a dangerous one as Greenwood drives at the Leipzig defence. He cuts in onto his left and looks for the far corner, but Gulacsi reads it and holds low to his right.
7'

ANGELINO AGAIN

Leipzig's top scorer is playing very high up the left wing and is in behind again. But this time his effort is close enough for De Gea to hold.
5'

Yellow card

yellowCard
Bruno Fernandes
2'

WHAT A START!

The earliest goal in Leipzig's Champions League history and it just had to be Angelino! A ball across the box from the right and the Spaniard is completely unmarked, no United defenders in sight, and he drives his shot across David de Gea and into the far corner.
2'

Angeliño

GOAL!

1:0
Angeliño
Kick-off!

UNHAPPY TRAVELS

Manchester United have lost their last two Champions League games away in Germany. They were beaten 3-1 at Bayern in April 2014 and 3-2 at Wolfsburg in December 2015.

KEEPING THE CHAMPIONS AT BAY

Leipzig put in an excellent display on Saturday as they went to Munich and claimed a 3-3 draw against Bundesliga and European champions Bayern. Christopher Nkunku, Justin Kluivert and Emil Forsberg got the goals that made RB the only team to face Bayern more than once in 2020 and not lose.

ANGEL AGAINST RED DEVILS

It’s a special game for Manchester City-owned left-back Angelino, who is also Leipzig’s top scorer this season with six goals in all competitions, including two in Europe. Add in two more Champions League assists and he’s been directly involved in half of Leipzig’s group goals. The only Spanish player with a hand in more goals in the competition this season is Juventus centre-forward Alvaro Morata (6 goals & 1 assist).

FORTRESS RED BULL

Leipzig are the only Bundesliga team with a 100 per cent home record in the league this season, winning five out of five. They have also won both Champions League group games so far against Basaksehir (2-0) and PSG (2-1). The latter was the only goal they have conceded in their last three European home games, having also beaten Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in last season’s round of 16 en route to the semi-finals.

PERMUTATIONS

Group H is going down to the wire. Three teams – Leipzig, United and PSG – currently sit on nine points, but only two can go through to the knockout stage. United are currently top on the head-to-head record between the three, with Leipzig in third. The equation is therefore simple for Julian Nagelsmann’s side: win and they are through. A draw would also be enough if PSG lose at home to Basaksehir.

THREE CHANGES

Julian Nagelsmann makes slight tweaks to his side from Saturday’s game in Munich. Dayot Upamecano serves a one-match European suspension and is replaced by former club captain Willi Orban. Kevin Kampl comes in for Tyler Adams in midfield, while Dani Olmo replaces Justin Kluivert as Leipzig stick to their approach of no out-and-out striker.

UNITED SUBS

Henderson, Grant, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Williams, James, Lingard, Mata, Pogba, Van de Beek, Ighalo

MANCHESTER UNITED XI

De Gea - Wan-Bissaka, Lindelof, Maguire (c), Shaw – McTominay, Matic – Greenwood, Fernandes, Telles – Rashford

LEIPZIG SUBS

Tschauner, Martinez, Poulsen, Adams, Sorloth, Kluivert, Halstenberg, Martel, Wosz

LEIPZIG XI

Gulacsi - Mukiele, Konate, Orban, Angelino - Sabitzer (c), Haidara, Kampl - Olmo, Forsberg, Nkunku

CRUNCH TIME

Welcome along to this crucial UEFA Champions League group game between RB Leipzig and Manchester United.