Man City end Champions League group stage with 2-1 defeat to Leipzig

Man City end Champions League group stage with 2-1 defeat to Leipzig

  • Leipzig were impressive against Manchester City at the Red Bull Arena
  • Goals from Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva in either half were enough to claim a famous win
  • City had already booked a spot in the Champions League knockout stages as group winners prior to the clash

Manchester City finished their Champions League group stage with defeat after falling to a 2-1 loss to RB Leipzig, who are already eliminated from the competition.

Andre Silva
Andre Silva celebrates his goal against Manchester City. Photo: Boris Streubel.
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Leipzig were playing purely for pride after it was confirmed that Manchester City and PSG would be advancing to the knockout stages.

Guardiola, despite being guaranteed to finish as group winners, opted for a strong starting XI as he gave a rare start to Kevin De Bruyne, who has been absent since November 6.

But it was Leipzig, who recently parted ways with their manager, who took the lead in the first half through Dominik Szoboszlai, who rounded goalkeeper Zack Steffen to open the scoring.

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Portugal international Andre Silva then doubled the lead in the 71st minute, after initially being denied by City’s reserve goalkeeper.

Riyad Mahrez’s diving header to half the deficit but that goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation.

City would go on to finish the game with 10 men as Kyle Walker’s foul on Silva in the final 10 minutes left the referee with little choice but to send him off.

City not up to the task today

It was one of those rare occasions when Pep Guardiola’s side just did not click to hurt their opponents.

The result came at the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Watford that propelled them to the top of the Premier League from the first time this season.

Regardless of the defeat, City finish the group on 12 points and will learn their last 16 opponents on Monday, December 13.

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PSG see out Club Brugge as Messi makes history

In the other Group A game, Lionel Messi scored his 758th professional career goal following his brace in PSG’s emphatic 4-1 win over Club Brugge.

He becomes the second man with most official goals in the history of football behind fierce rival Cristiano Ronaldo who has 801 goals.

Source: Sports Brief News

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