RB Leipzig 2-1 Man City LIVE! Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today

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RB Leipzig 2-1 Man City LIVE! Champions League result, match stream and latest updates today
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RB Leipzig vs Man City LIVE!

RB Leipzig struck in each half to beat already-qualified Manchester City 2-1 in the Champions League on Tuesday, booking a spot in the Europa League and snapping the English club's 14-game unbeaten run against German teams in the competition.

With interim coach Achim Beierlorzer on the bench after the sacking of Jesse Marsch on Sunday, Leipzig secured third spot in Group A on the final matchday ahead of Club Brugge, who lost 4-1 at second-placed Paris Saint-Germain.

City, with seven changes to the team that beat Watford in the Premier League at the weekend, defended high but Dominik Szoboszlai managed to break clear and latch onto a Konrad Laimer ball to round goalkeeper Zack Steffen in the 24th minute.

The hosts came close to a second but first Emil Forsberg's shot was blocked by Steffen and a little later the City keeper made a reflex save to deny Andre Silva from point blank range.

City looked livelier after the break but Leipzig scored against the run of play with Silva's well-placed shot in the 71st after City clumsily lost possession in their own half.

The visitors did respond six minutes later with Riyad Mahrez's diving header for his fifth goal in six Champions League games but their comeback was short-lived with Kyle Walker being shown a red card for kicking Silva from behind.

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Match highlights

  • GOAL! Szoboszlai beats the offside trap to score

  • GOAL! Silva hits another on the counter

  • GOAL! Mahrez gets one back

  • RED CARD! Walker dismissed for lashing out

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Plenty of action still to come tonight on Standard Sport!

Liverpool are just about to kick off at AC Milan in the best of the 8pm matches.

And you can recap tonight’s defeat for City with our match report.

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That’s Leipzig into the Europa League knockouts, where they will face a club finishing second in their group in a play-off stage.

Club Brugge fell to a 4-1 defeat in PSG with Messi and Mbappe both scoring twice.

Full time! RB Leipzig 2-1 Man City

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Man City’s winning run comes to an end in Germany!

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90 mins: Three minutes added on as Adams fells Grealish by the sideline, earning a yellow card.

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89 mins: City not exactly on top as the final moments unfold.

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86 mins: Close!

De Bruyne takes aim from range and whips his shot just wide of the far-post.

Silva off for Moriba as the hosts make their last change - City still have some left and Palmer is on for De Bruyne with Dias replacing the injured Ake.

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83 mins: Walker lashed out at Silva as the striker ran past him and the Leipzig players were furious as a result. Scharer considered his decision before handing out a red card - and a suspension - to the defender!

Red card!

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82 mins: Walker is dismissed!

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81 mins: Stones is booked for dissent after demanding a penalty, which is waved away by referee Scharer. VAR isn’t interested either.

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80 mins: Close!

Grealish dances into the box and hits a good shot, which is blocked and dribbles wide. City are getting closer...

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79 mins: Brobbey and Hendrichs replace Forsberg and Mukiele as Leipzig react to the goal.

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78 mins: A simply perfect cross from Zinchenko picks out Mahrez for a header to turn this one back into a contest.

GOAL! RB Leipzig 2-1 Man City | Mahrez, 76'

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76 mins: Arriving at the far-post, Mahrez heads City back into the game!

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75 mins: Chance!

Fernandinho fires over the bar, via a deflection, after Sterling wants a penalty for being manhandled. Corner given.

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74 mins: Back down the other end and Grealish fires a low cross into Gulacsi arms. Not long left for this seven-game winning run to continue...

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72 mins: Stones and Fernandinho got caught in possession and Leipzig raced away like it was the third minute.

Silva left unmarked, picks his spot... and fires low and hard past Steffen.

GOAL! RB Leipzig 2-0 Man City | Silva, 70'

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71 mins: Silva lashes home on the counter!


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69 mins: More of the same from City, plenty of the ball but no end product to speak of.

Will we see those youngsters off the bench to inject some energy into proceedings?


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66 mins: Mahrez is played in over the top and can play a cross back into the six-yard box... but flies that effort way over the bar. And he was offside.

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64 mins: After that brief Leipzig spell, City are back on top and another move is ended by the offside flag after Grealish goes too early down the left.

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63 mins: A Leipzig change to freshen their pressing up with Laimer off for Adams.

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60 mins: A rare venture forward for Leipzig and Angelino puts the ball in from a corner, which Ake heads away.

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59 mins: Grealish has been moved to the left, with Sterling swapping inside, and the summer signing does well to pick out Gundogan with a cutback - the shot is underhit and blocked.

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56 mins: We’ve not seen much of Grealish tonight, nor Mahrez really who fabulously traps a cross to try and create some space - but is called offside.

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54 mins: It’s not clicking for the visitors as a Gundogan pass sets Sterling away, only for the winger to be inches offside.

Fernandinho then looks for Gundogan in the middle but overhits his cross.

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50 mins: It’s been all City since the restart, with Sterling looking bright down the left. Leipzig need to ride this spell out.

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47 mins: Nothing much from De Bruyne over the free-kick, which hits the wall.

The attack isn’t over however and Sterling wriggles free down the left, but hits a cross into a hassling defender.

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46 mins: City mean business and Gvardiol downs Gundogan by the D for a free-kick.

Second-half! RB Leipzig 1-0 Man City

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We are back underway in Germany.

Sterling is on for Foden with Leipzig also making a change, Simakan on for Klostermann.

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Penny for Pep’s thoughts?

The City boss has Dias, Sterling, Egan-Riley, Palmer, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand ready to come off the bench to save this game. Will he give a youngster or two the chance to shine?


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No shortage of attacking action at Red Bull Arena - City outshooting Leipzig seven to five but down in terms of shots on target by four to two.

The away side have unsurprisingly held more of the ball, 57 to 43 per cent, with five corners to one and 22 duels won to 10.

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Meanwhile, it’s 3-0 in Paris. Lionel Messi got the third after an early brace from Kylian Mbappe.

That score makes this even more of a dead rubber, with Leipzig seemingly guaranteed third place in Group A.

Half-time! RB Leipzig 1-0 Man City

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45 mins: No added-on time. It’s 1-0 at the break.


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43 mins: De Bruyne fancies it from around 30 yards but Gulacsi palms it away, having spotted it early and moved across nicely.

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42 mins: Into the last knockings of the half, both teams look very capable of grabbing a goal before the break.

Gvardiol is penalised for pulling Mahrez back to leave a free-kick in a good position...

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40 mins: Post!

Wow, Foden picks his spot from the edge of the box and smashes the woodwork! Racing clear down the left, he shoots early across Gulacsi and the goalkeeper turns it onto the post.

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38 mins: Save!

What a save from Steffen, Nkunku puts a lovely ball across the face of goal from Szoboszlai to lay back from Silva. The header is on target from close-range yet Steffen is equal to it - and the rebound is scrambled clear to win a foul.

Leipzig very close to 2-0!

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36 mins: Chance!

Another corner comes in and this is put on a plate by De Bruyne, finding Ake again but the defender is underneath his header from a good position - and it goes over...

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34 mins: A rare lob over the top forces Mukiele into evasive action, heading the ball out for a corner when Gulacsi was open.

Ake gets on the end of the corner although his connection isn’t enough and the attempt goes well wide.

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32 mins: Ake is the latest to get involved in the City attack, to win the ball high up the pitch as the visitors’ pressure continues to ramp up.

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30 mins: City settled on the ball since that Forsberg chance and yet De Bruyne is the one booked for taking a free-kick too quickly.

The actual effort is a shot from distance that drifts wide at the near-post.

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27 mins: Perhaps it’s the lack of roaring fans but that goal seemed remarkably simple for the hosts.

It just seemed natural that the flag would go up on Szoboszlai but the Hungarian was clearly onside, as the replays showed, before rounding Steffen for his seventh of the season.

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26 mins: Save!

Forsberg gets on the end of a cross from the right and drives his volley straight at Steffen!

The Swede was unmarked and really should have made the keeper work harder.

GOAL! RB Leipzig 1-0 Man City | Szoboszlai, 24'

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24 mins: A simple ball through the middle finds the winger, who beats Steffen with ease!

And the flag stays down!


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22 mins: A stunning cross from De Bruyne picks out Foden, who calmly drops the ball back to Grealish and his shot is deflected over the bar.

It feels like an opener is getting closer... but it won’t come from the corner as Stones fouls his marker.

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20 mins: Save!

Nkunku lays on a lovely pass that Steffen comes out to claim with a smart dive with the attacker bearing down on goal.

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19 mins: It’s good to have this game pick up a bit with those chances, Leipzig certainly fancy their chances tonight and City are, well, City.

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(Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)

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17 mins: Miss!

Now for City’s first opening and De Bruyne sidefoots a chance over the bar from close-range! A difficult drop on the ball to control but that was a genuine chance.

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16 mins: Save!

First real effort of the game for the hosts as Laimer breaks from midfield and drives in a low effort from a very tight angle, which Steffen parries wide.

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14 mins: Kampl earns a stonewall booking for hauling down De Bruyne as he looked to start an attack.

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13 mins: An easy clearance from a De Bruyne set play allows Leipzig to start a counter and Walker casually jogs over to nudge a tackle into touch.

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12 mins: De Bruyne gets into the box and his cross is blocked as Leipzig once again deal with a City charge nicely.

Back to Steffen for the visitors as a fresh, slow build begins.

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10 mins: Good news for Leipzig - PSG lead Club Brugge 2-0 in Paris.

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7 mins: All rather subdued so far, City gently probing but Leipzig look confident and organised in defence.

The lack of fans certainly isn’t helping.

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4 mins: Foden escapes down the left buyt Gvardiol steals possession back smartly before Ake deals with a Leipzig rebuttal.

Both teams showing great ease in moving the ball around quickly.

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2 mins: It appears as though Grealish is lining up in the central attacking role for City, in their usual 4-3-3. Foden on the left.

Kick-off! RB Leipzig 0-0 Man City

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We are underway in Germany!

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The teams are out!


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TV channel: Today’s match will be televised live on BT Sport 2.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

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Ten minutes until kick-off!

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Pep Guardiola gives his take on De Bruyne’s return to BT Sport ahead of the game.

He says: “It’s about how he’s going to feel, maybe he knows when he’ll be tired - 10 minutes, 40, 90... We’ll see.”

Get to know the Leipzig interim manager

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Achim Beierlorzer is in the Leipzig hotseat for his second interim spell at the club.

The 54-year-old was installed in 2015 to see out the final months of the 2015/16 season but won only six of his 15 games in charge - before being replaced by new Manchester United interim Ralf Rangnick, who he remained at the club to assist.

Spells as manager of Jahn Regensburg, Koln and Mainz followed, with the latter two short and not hugely sweet for the former semi-pro footballer.

Achim is also the brother of two-time Bundesliga champion and ex-Bayern Munich star Bertram Beierlorzer.

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We have already had one clash between these clubs today as Man City Under-19s took on Leipzig’s youth team in the Uefa Youth League.

A Carlos Borges goal won all three points for City in the 83rd minute but both had already been knocked out at the group stage.

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(Manchester City FC via Getty Ima)

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Can Man City make it 10 in a row against German opponents in the Champions League tonight?

Since a 3-2 win over Bayern Munich in November 2014, they have gone unbeaten in 14 matches with nine consecutive victories.

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A few changes from Leipzig after Jesse Marsch’s sacking on the weekend.

Angelino and Mukiele are in at the full-back positions while Nkunku and the returning Forsberg can both support Silva and the dangerous Szoboszlai from midfield. Kampl replaces Adams in the centre of the park.

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Man City are in the house.

How Leipzig line up...

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RB Leipzig XI: Gulacsi; Mukiele, Klostermann, Gvardiol, Angelino; Kampl, Laimer, Nkunku; Szoboszlai, Forsberg, Andre Silva.

Subs: Simakan, Adams, Brobbey, Moriba, Martinez, Bonnah, Henrichs.

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Another glimpse of Phil Foden the centre-forward tonight with Guardiola leaving plenty of youngsters on the bench for a runout.

It is still a very strong City team even after seven changes.

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The hosts are in the building, Leipzig team news coming shortly...

How Man City line up tonight...

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Man City XI: Steffen; Walker, Stones, Ake, Zinchenko; Fernandinho, Gundogan, De Bruyne; Mahrez, Foden, Grealish.

Subs: Ederson, Carson, Dias, Sterling, Egan-Riley, Palmer, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand.

Why will tonight’s game be played behind closed doors?

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Tonight’s game will be played without fans after the German state of Saxony was placed in a partial Covid-19 lockdown late last month.

It is not the only match missing supporters this week with Bayern Munich vs Barcelona also going ahead behind closed doors.

Christmas markets in both regions have also been cancelled.

Evening Standard prediction: RB Leipzig 2-2 Man City

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While the game is a dead-rubber for City, Leipzig need to win in order to secure third spot and qualify for the Europa League after Christmas.

Given Club Brugge take on PSG, though, a point could end up being enough and they may just have enough to get it.

Leipzig 2-2 Man City

More of the same tonight?

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Early team news

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Guardiola is expected to rotate his side and may even choose to leave several of his first-team stars in Manchester.

“I want to assess the team: the knocks, the injuries,” he said after Saturday’s win over Watford. “I want to see the opponent again; then I will make the decision.”

Kevin De Bruyne made his return after a Covid-enforced absence as a substitute in that game and will start in Leipzig.

Academy starlets Cole Palmer, James McAtee, Josh Wilson-Esbrand, CJ Egan-Riley and Romeo Lavia have also travelled, but Gabriel Jesus and Ferran Torres are out.

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Predicted Man City XI: Steffen; Walker, Ake, Stones, Zinchenko; De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Gundogan; Mahrez, Foden, Palmer.

How to watch

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TV channel: Today’s match will be televised live on BT Sport 2, with coverage beginning at 5pm.

Live stream: BT Sport subscribers will also be able to watch the match online via the website or BT Sport app.

Good evening!

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Welcome to our live blog for RB Leipzig vs Manchester City!

An intriguing clash between a Bundesliga side in need of a result after sacking their manager and a potentially youthful Premier League leaders.

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