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

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

RB Leipzig vs Manchester City LIVE!

RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol headed in a 70th-minute goal to earn a 1-1 draw against visitors Manchester City in their Champions League last-16 first leg on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old defender bagged the deserved equaliser with a towering header after City's Riyad Mahrez had slotted in following a Leipzig mistake in the 27th minute.

Leipzig were toothless in the first half but were much improved after the break and outplayed their opponents, who are aiming to reach the Champions League quarter-finals for a sixth straight season.

City have now drawn their last two games after being held 1-1 by Nottingham Forest in the Premier League on Saturday while Leipzig's four-game winning run in the competition came to an end. The return leg is in Manchester on March 14.

RB Leipzig vs Man City highlights

  • GOAL! Mahrez bags deserved opener

  • GOAL! Gvardiol heads leveller

Rasen Ballsport Leipzig 1 - 1 Manchester City FC

Thanks for joining us!

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More European football on the way with Manchester United’s Europa League showdown against Barcelona the subject of our live coverage tomorrow.

All square in Germany as Man City draw 1-1 with RB Leipzig.

Recap the action with our match report!


All even as we head back to Manchester

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The second leg is scheduled for Tuesday, March 14 - and remember, no away goals!

Check out that handball claim for yourself...

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Elsewhere in the Champions League

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Romelu Lukaku hits a late winner for Inter Milan as they take a first-leg lead over Porto.

Late penalty appeal

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Man City were denied a handball very late on before the full-time whistle and, err, they had a point! Handball calls turned away and VAR apparently did not demand a post-final whistle look.

Pep Guardiola delivers on-pitch team talk

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A bit of a public dressing down from the Man City boss as he sends his players to applaud the away end.

FULL TIME! RB Leipzig 1-1 Manchester City

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All square as the Germans fight back from a goal down and will go to Manchester level.

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90+2 mins: Late corner to City and Mahrez swings it in...

A one-two with Gundogan leads to a penalty appeal from the ball in but Blaswich grabs it!

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90 mins: Just two minutes added on in an increasingly low-key finish in Germany.

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89 mins: Henrichs booked for a poor lunge on Gundogan.

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88 mins: Raum on for Halstenberg at Leipzig’s left-back position.

Man City haven’t made a change yet.

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87 mins: City back in their first-half flow, sat deep in the Leipzig half without being hugely threatening of Blaswich’s goal.

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84 mins: Good work at the back by Grealish to track back and deny Henrichs at the back post from a looping cross.

The winger attempts to launch a counter and is yanked back by Poulsen, who avoids a booking.

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81 mins: Final set of changes from Leipzig as Haidara and Poulsen enter the fray. Off come Schlager and Andre Silva.

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79 mins: Lovely run down the left from Gundogan and a ball across the 18-yard line reaches Mahrez, whose flick to Silva is underhit and Leipzig escape!

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76 mins: Man City trying to wrestle back the impetus now with a spell of possession.

Not long left, mind...

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Man City chance!

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73 mins: Gundogan goes close!

Smart move by Man City and Blaswich gets down low to parry the midfielder’s effort, pushing it just clear of Haaland in the process.

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72 mins: After a torrid first half, that goal is truly well deserved for Leipzig with Henrichs’ introduction key from Marco Rose as it finally stretched and tested City.

Pep Guardiola has failed to respond all half and they are rightly punished with the levelling goal.

GGGOOOOAAALLLLL!!!! RB Leipzig 1-1 Man City

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Ederson turns away a powerful Szoboszlai effort from range and City are punished at the corner.

A looping delivery into the six-yard box is headed home by Gvardiol, as he beats Dias in the air with a fine leap!

Man City chance!

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68 mins: Haaland fires wide!

The striker gets a chance to run at Gvardiol and skins him with pace down the outside, firing off his right foot and dragging an effort well wide.

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67 mins: Sumptuous football from Leipzig!

Nkunku sparks a great passing move through Schlager, Werner and then into the box as Walker sticks in a key tackle.

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65 mins: Marco Rose plays his ace from the bench as Nkunku, an injury worry this week, enters the fray off the bench.

The Frenchman, bound for Chelsea in the summer, replaces Forsberg.

RB Leipzig chance!

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63 mins: Silva dances in down the left channel and Ederson stands tall to his chip at the near post.

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62 mins: Promising City break well dealt with by Schlager as Gundogan looks to send Haaland through.

The Norwegian has not enjoyed great servie tonight, even amid his side’s dominant spells.

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60 mins: Great battle down City’s right as Werner battles Walker for pace and keeps hold of the ball.

Genuinely better from Leipzig since the break - not like it could be worse. It looks like they have real confidence.

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56 mins: Now a quick throw finds Werner, who shrugs off Akanji and has a low cross smartly parried by Ederson.

RB Leipzig chance!

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54 mins: Golden chance!

Leipzig work it left-to-right and Henrichs is slipped in for a shot on goal... he puts it wide!

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52 mins: Silva looking tricky in the box until his no-look pass for Mahrez is snuffed out.

Ake sticks a vital foot in on Szoboszlai’s pass forward as Leipzig spark a counter.

The move continues though and Henrichs heads over!

Man City chance!

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50 mins: Haaland spins Gvardiol from a quick throw as the defender dived in too early but a poor touch allows him to reclaim the ball.

City come forward soon after as Ake wins the ball for Gundogan. Mahrez is on the end of the cross... shot blocked!

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47 mins: Leipzig naturally coming out with a bit more emphasis in attack early on, let’s see if it can puncture the City defence.

Werner pops up in the box and Akanji turns away the striker for a throw.

Kick-off! RB Leipzig 0-1 Manchester City

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No surprise to see Marco Rose reaching for his bench as Henrichs replaces Klostermann in defence.

Man City a goal up as the second half starts.


Elsewhere in the Champions League

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Goalless between Inter Milan and Porto with visiting goalkeeper Diogo Costa putting in a fine display for the visitors at the Giuseppe Meazza.

First-half highlights: Mahrez hits the only goal

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Stats check

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Leipzig have officially been granted a single shot for Timo Werner’s late attempt, as the whistle never actually went on him being offside.

That is literally it for the hosts in that half, with Man City boasting 74 per cent of possession with seven shots, two on target and one in the back of the net.

Three corners, just two fouls conceded and a hefty 94 per cent passing accuracy on the away side’s stats sheet.

Mahrez hits 20th Champions League goal

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Some prestigious company for Riyad Mahrez as he becomes only the fifth African player to hit 20 goals in the Champions League.

Half-time! RB Leipzig 0-1 Man City

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More from Werner as the flag goes up after he fires a shot at Ederson.

The visitors utterly dominant in Saxony.

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45 mins: One minuted added on.

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44 mins: Frustrated response from the Red Bull Arena faithful as Werner (remember him?) picks up the ball in a good position, turns towards nowhere and rolls a pass that fails to find its man.

Marco Rose shakes his head in the dugout.

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43 mins: Gundogan breaches the Leipzig defence far too easily and cuts back in search of Haaland, but a key intervention turns it back to the goalkeeper.

Not seen much of the Norwegian in the box... yet.

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42 mins: Drifting towards half-time in Leipzig with the hosts simply unable to get into the game.

Marco Rose has a big job on at the break but must be pleased that his side are only a goal down.

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39 mins: A few whistles as Mahrez takes his time strolling over to take a corner from the left.

Rodri flicks it over at the near-post.

Man City chance!

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36 mins: Fine work from Silva to ride Laimer’s challenge and roll the ball to Grealish on the edge of the box, the winger cutting inside and flying a shot off-target.

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33 mins: Lots of instructions from Guardiola, to Mahrez and Silva in particular, during that break but Grealish is fit to come back on.

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31 mins: A worry for Man City as Grealish goes down clutching his knee after an awkward challenge.

Man City chance!

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29 mins: Beautiful deep corner from Mahrez and Rodri nods a header back across goal... but no one is there to tap it home!

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28 mins: Completely deserved, that goal. A fair dose of irony too given it came from Leipzig’s first opportunity to string two passes together in about 20 minutes...

GGGOOOOAAALLLL!!!! RB Leipzig 0-1 Man City

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26 mins: Leipzig get the chance to play with the ball after a Mahrez offside.

Wisely, they don’t lump it upfield and look to make City work out of possession - but then give it away!

Mahrez breaks in, lines up a shot on his left and SCORES!

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22 mins: All a bit ‘training game’ for the away side as Leipzig struggle to lay a glove on winning the ball back, let alone forging an attack of their own.

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20 mins: Ake starting to drift infield a bit more as City look to step up their possession, Grealish sticking very tight to the touchline on the left and Walker also the wider player on the right as Mahrez cuts in.

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17 mins: Grealish bundled over just outside the box for a good free-kick spot, which Mahrez slaps straight into the wall.

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15 mins: A healthy 74 per cent of possession so far for the visitors, restricting Leipzig to a mere 41 passes - under three a minute!

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13 mins: A couple of scrunched-up red placards from the pre-game display rain down on Mahrez as he lines up a corner after Walker’s cross is turned wide.

It’s a good one too and Dias gets his head on it... straight at the keeper!

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11 mins: All nice and comfortable for Man City, Bernardo Silva popping up in possession just as De Bruyne would be were he not back home tucked up in bed.

Gundogan in a more advanced role is keeping things ticking over nicely, too.


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8 mins: City attacking the end filled with Leipzig fans who are, literally, bouncing as they keep up the atmosphere behind a huge banner that declares “we’re on our way to Istanbul”.

That’s where the Champions League final is this year, if you hadn’t realised!

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6 mins: Lovely right-to-left move as Haaland knocks a header down to Gundogan, who spins a good quick ball wide for Grealish.

Mahrez pops up in the box but loses out against his marker before he can get a shot off.

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4 mins: Silva causing an early headache for Ake but the early balls into the box from the hosts lack quality.

It will be interesting to see how many they commit forward as City are more than capable of dealing with high balls.

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2 mins: As expected, Man City with a four-man backline with Leipzig in a 4-2-3-1 off the ball, Werner out left.

Kick-off! RB Leipzig vs Manchester City

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Referee Serdar Gozubuyuk blows his whistle and we’re underway in Germany!

Time for the anthem

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Leipzig fans hold up a red and white display as the two teams hear out the official Champions League anthem.

Here come the players!

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RB Leipzig vs Manchester City is only moments away with a bouncing atmosphere in the Red Bull Arena.

Man City in their black and red away kit tonight.

Countdown to kick-off

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Erling Haaland has six goals in four games against RB Leipzig, including a brace in the 2021 German Cup final.

Both teams will be out on the pitch shortly!

A chance to check out Josko Gvardiol

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Perhaps Europe’s most highly-rated young defender starts for RB Leipzig.

Rated at over £100million, the Croatian is a target for Chelsea, Real Madrid and tonight’s opponents Man City.

“His composure, his stature as a big and quick defender stands out for me,” Rio Ferdinand says in the BT Sport studio. “He’s got all the attributes in the modern game and he has the temperament.”

How will Man City set up?

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Nathan Ake’s return means Pep Guardiola will not risk Bernardo Silva as a left-back tonight, likely to play things a bit safer in a first leg away from home.

Leipzig’s 4-2-3-1 is also a bit of a 4-2-2-2 with Timo Werner and Andre Silva bombing forward with pace up front.

A big night for Rodri to try and control the Leipzig midfield, too.

Kick-off in under 20 minutes!

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Pep Guardiola on BT Sport

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“This XI are going to try to put together a good game and result for the second leg. Always we play with a back-four in defence.

“They play with a 4-4-2, all the players and runners inside. Typical Leipzig. I was in Germany three years, if you allow them to run they are unstoppable.

“[Phil Foden] played really good last game but Riyad [Mahrez] has played good too.”

Marco Rose reveals Erling Haaland plan

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RB Leipzig coach Rose has coached Haaland at both RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund.

He told reporters: “I have great confidence in my team. We want to compete against one of the best teams in the world, see and look for opportunities.

“We want to be brave and want to solve all the problems and tasks - Haaland is one of them. We want to do it as a team.

“I told my lads we will need to suffer. But we shouldn't see it as suffering, we should enjoy it. We should be able to close down the free spaces and interrupt the good combination play.

“We need to have fun and enjoy defending and winning the ball.”

Countdown to kick-off

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The warm-ups are underway at Red Bull Arena with kick-off in just over 30 minutes’ time.


It’s been some wait for Leipzig

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Liverpool beat the Germans 2-0 in both legs of their most recent last-16 tie, which was played in Budapest due to Covid restrictions in 2021.

Man City boast fine record

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Only once have Manchester City lost against a German team in the Champions League - in 17 matches.

However, that did come away to Leipzig in last year’s group stage but that was a dead rubber!

Overall, they boast 2.6 goals-per-game with 14 wins and two draws.

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What Pep Guardiola said about Kevin De Bruyne

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Pep Guardiola has explained why Man City are without Kevin De Bruyne tonight, as well as Aymeric Laporte.

“Kevin and Laporte: illness,” he told reporters on Tuesday.

“They are not ready. It is what it is. During the season, unfortunately sometimes that happens.

“[De Bruyne] didn’t feel good right after the game against Nottingham.

“Yesterday Aymer didn’t feel well. Other players are going to play. That happens sometimes.”

Countdown to kick-off

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Under an hour until the action gets underway in Leipzig - and the Man City players have been spotted arriving at the stadium.

Stylish as ever, Erling...

Throwback: When Man City put six past Leipzig last season

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Two changes for RB Leipzig

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The hosts welcome Marcel Halstenberg back into their XI in place of David Raum at left-back.

Their other change sees Konrad Laimer get the nod in midfield for Amadou Haidara. Christopher Nkunku is only on the bench.

Man City return to four at the back

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Nathan Ake and Manuel Akanji return to the defence as the unwell Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte drop out, prompting a switch back to 4-3-3 for City.

Phil Foden also drops out, for Riyad Mahrez.

RB Leipzig team confirmed

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RB Leipzig XI: Blaswich; Klostermann, Orban, Gvardiol, Halstenberg; Laimer, Schlager; Szoboszlai, Forsberg, Werner; Silva.

Subs: Simakan, Haidara, Poulsen, Nyland, Nkunku, Raum, Nickisch, Henrichs, Kampl.

How Man City line up tonight

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Manchester City XI: Ederson; Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Gundogan, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Haaland, Grealish.

Subs: Ortega , Carson, Phillips, Alvarez, Gomez, Perrone, Foden, Charles, Palmer, Lewis, Robertson.

Tonight’s schedule

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Two games on the agenda for tonight with RB Leipzig vs Man City kicking off in under 90 minutes’ time.

Over in Italy, Inter Milan host Porto in the other last-16 first leg that also starts at 8pm GMT.

Team news coming up

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Teams often go early when releasing their line-ups for European games so we’re on alert, ready for an imminent announcement!

Marco Rose in awe of Erling Haaland

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The RB Leipzig boss, who coached Haaland at RB Salzburg and Borussia Dortmund, has described the Man City striker as like superhero Thor in his pre-match comments.

"His body was different – now you see him and he looks like Thor,” he told reporters.

“But after a couple of months at Salzburg you could see his quality. I remember after scoring in one game for us, he left us to go to the Under-20 World Cup and he scored nine goals, so it was a good start for him and now he’s a world-class player playing for one of the best teams in the world.

“I think his mentality is such that when he sees the goal, he gets crazy about scoring. He works hard for the team and has improved a lot in the technical side of his game and his movement.”

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Head-to-head record

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The two teams met in the 2021 group stage as both won their home games, City falling 2-1 in Leipzig despite a Riyad Mahrez goal.

RB Leipzig wins: 1

Draws: 0

Manchester City wins: 1

A brisk one in Saxony tonight

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Latest odds

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RB Leipzig to win: 16/5

Draw: 13/5

Manchester City to win: 10/11

Odds via Betfair and subject to change.

Evening Standard score prediction

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City might not be at their best but should have enough to beat Leipzig, a team Haaland has scored four goals in six games against.

Man City to win 3-1.

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Predicted Manchester City XI: Ederson; Lewis, Akanji, Dias, Ake; Gundogan, Rodri, Silva; Mahrez, Haaland, Alvarez.

Early Man City team news

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Kevin De Bruyne and Aymeric Laporte both miss out after their absence from training on Tuesday morning and didn’t join the squad flying out to Germany.

John Stones remains injured and Riyad Mahrez could come in for either Jack Grealish or Phil Foden.

Bernardo Silva has been playing a left-back of late and it will be interesting to see if he continues there.

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Predicted RB Leipzig XI: Blaswich; Klostermann, Orban, Gvardiol, Raum; Haidara, Schlager; Szoboszlai, Forsberg, Werner; Silva.

Early RB Leipzig team news

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Leipzig confirmed on the eve of the game that Christopher Nkunku is a major doubt.

Boss Marco Rose said yesterday: “We will certainly not start him. We will have to see if he can be with us tomorrow at all but we won't be taking any risks, we have a lot more matches this season.”

Peter Gulacsi, Dani Olmo and Abdou Diallo are definitely missing for the home side.

How to watch

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TV channel: The game will be broadcast on BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate, with coverage starting at 7pm GMT for an 8pm kick-off.

Live stream: Subscribers will be able to watch a live stream across mobiles devices, laptops, games consoles, tablets and more on the BT Sport website or app.

RB Leipzig vs Manchester City

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Hello and welcome!

A big night in the Champions League is headlined in Germany as Leipzig and Man City do battle in the first leg of their last-16 tie.

Red Bull Arena hosts the Premier League side, who are once again out to finally lift the coveted European trophy just as their domestic title push continues to struggle.

Kick-off comes at 8pm GMT and you can keep it with Standard Sport for all of the build-up, match action and reaction!

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