With a goal from Julián Álvarez at the end, Manchester City turned a complicated match around

Phil Foden, with a goal and assist, and Julián Álvarez, with the comeback goal, woke up a Manchester City that was close to throwing away more than five years of undefeated status at home in the Champions League and that with the hard-fought victory against RB Leipzig they secure first place heading to the round of 16.

Those of Pep Guardiola They had one of the worst first halfs in memory and went 0-2 at half-time, surpassed by the speed of Lois Openda, who scored a double, and they only reacted in the second half, with goals from Foden, Erling Haaland – who has already been in the Champions League for forty – and the Spider, to lift the result.

A victory sufficient for first place, but full of many doubts, especially in the ability of Manuel Akanji and Ruben Dias to deal with long balls and fast players like Openda. Because the Belgian’s two goals were preceded by balls and errors from the Manchester City centre-backs, who were very soft when it came to the clash.

The summary of Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig for the Champions League

VIDEO | This was Julián Álvarez’s goal for Manchester City’s victory

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Julián Álvarez scored the winning goal for Manchester City

Match ended: Manchester City 3 – RB Leipzig 2

42′ ST | Manchester City goal: Julián Álvarez

The ball fell to the Argentine forward after a rebound, he took some time inside the area and sent it away.

Julián Álvarez scored City's third.  REUTERS/Molly DarlingtonJulián Álvarez scored City’s third. REUTERS/Molly Darlington

30′ ST | Fabio Carvalho’s goal for Leipzig disallowed for offside

VIDEO | Foden’s goal to tie the game

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Foden tied it for City

29′ ST | Two changes at Leipzig: Yussuf Poulsen and Fabio Carvalho for Xavi Simons and Amadou Haidara

24′ ST | Goal for Manchester City: Phil Foden

23′ ST | Another clear header from City: Julián’s center for Aké

VIDEO | This was Erling Haaland’s goal for 1-2

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Haaland scored for City

15′ ST | Two changes at Leipzig: Kevin Kampl and Benjamin Sesko for Emil Forsberg and Lois Openda

9′ ST | Goal de Manchester City: Erling Haaland

Great triangulation between Julián Álvarez, Phil Foden and Erling Haaland that ended in a goal for the Norwegian forward.

Haaland scored for City.  REUTERS/Carl RecineHaaland scored for City. REUTERS/Carl Recine

9′ ST | Two changes at Manchester City: Julián Álvarez and Jeremy Doku for Kyle Walker and Jack Grealish

The second 45 minutes are already played!

To play the complement, Pep Guardiola made a change: Nathan Aké for Rúben Dias. It should be noted that the Portuguese center-back should have seen the second yellow card at the end of the first half.

The first half ended: Manchester City 0 – RB Leipzig 2

45+2′ PT | Haaland had it on his head

33′ PT | Gol del RB Leipzig: Lois Openda

The Belgian striker once again took advantage of Manchester City’s defensive inattention. They were in a bad position and neither Rúben Dias nor Joško Gvardiol could close it.

Double by Lois Openda against Manchester City.  (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)Double by Lois Openda against Manchester City. (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP)

29′ PT | Rico Lewis wasted an unbeatable chance inside the area

21′ PT | Amarilla for Rúben Dias

VIDEO | This was RB Leipzig’s goal for 1-0

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Lois Openda started the match against Manchester City

15′ PT | Rúben Dias had a header tie

12′ PT | Gol de RB Leipzig: Lois Openda

A long throw-in from the goalkeeper left the Belgian striker in front of Manuel Akanji, who responded poorly and left his rival face to face with Stefan Ortega. The 23-year-old attacker defined perfectly and made it 1-0

5′ PT | Xavi Simons took a mid-range shot that passed close to the post

3′ PT | Manchester City’s first shots

The game has started!

At the Etihad Stadium, Manchester City and RB Leipzig are already playing for the fifth day of the Champions League.

The results of the first Champions League matches

  • Lazio 2 – Celtics 0
  • Shakhtar Donetsk 1 – Royal Antwerp

RB Leipzig with confirmed formation to face Manchester City

Janis Blaswich; Mohamed Simakan, Lukas Klostermann, Castello Lukeba, David Raum; Nicolas Seiwald, Xavi Simons, Amadou Haidara, Xaver Schlager, Emil Forsberg; and Lois Openda. DT: Marco Rose.

Confirmed formation for Leipzig.Confirmed formation for Leipzig.

Confirmed formation for Manchester City

Stefan Ortega; Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, Joško Guardiol; Rodri, Bernardo Silva, Rico Lewis, Manuel Akanji; Phil Foden, Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland. DT: Pep Guardiola.

Confirmed formation for Manchester City.Confirmed formation for Manchester City.

All RB Leipzig matches in the current Champions League

  • 19/09: Young Boys 1 – RB Leipzig 3
  • 04/10: RB Leipzig 1 – Manchester City 3
  • 10/25: RB Leipzig 3 – Red Star 1
  • 07/11: Red Star 1 – RB Leipzig 2

All Manchester City games in the current Champions League

  • 19/09: Manchester City 3 – Estrella Roja 1
  • 04/10: RB Leipzig 1 – Manchester City 3
  • 25/10: Young Boys 1 – Manchester City 3
  • 07/11: Manchester City 3 – Young Boys 0

Champions League: Group G standings

The Group G standings.The Group G standings.

How does RB Leipzig get into this match?

RB Leipzig’s last two Bundesliga games were against Freiburg and Wolfsburg. They won the first one 3 to 1, while the last weekend they lost 2 to 1. Marco Rose’s team is fifth with 23 points in 12 games.

How does Manchester City get into this match?

The Ciudadano team’s last two games in the Premier League were against Chelsea and Liverpool, two high-level rivals. Guardiola’s team was able to get two points, since they tied both duels (4-4 and 1-1, respectively).

Champions League: time and TV of all the matches of the day

  • 14.45: Lazio vs. Celtic (Fox Sports y Star+)
  • 14.45: Shakhtar Donetsk vs. Antwerp (ESPN 2 y Star+)
  • 17.00: Feyenoord vs. Atlético de Madrid (Fox Sports 2 y Star+)
  • 17.00: Milan vs. Borussia Dortmund (ESPN 3 y Star+)
  • 17.00: Paris Saint-Germain vs. Newcastle (ESPN 2 y Star+)
  • 17.00: Manchester City vs. RB Leipzig (Fox Sports y Star+)
  • 17.00: Young Boys vs. Estrella Roja (Fox Sports 3 y Star+)
  • 17.00: Barcelona vs. Oporto (ESPN y Star+)

The possible formation of RB Leipzig

Janis Blaswich; Benjamin Henrichs, Mohamed Simakan, Castello Lukeba y David Raum; Xavi Simons, Xaver Schlager, Amadou Haidara y Emil Forsberg; Lois Openda y Benjamin Sesko. DT: Marc Rosé.

Marco Rose, DT of RB Leipzig.  (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)Marco Rose, DT of RB Leipzig. (Jan Woitas/dpa via AP)

The possible formation of Manchester City

Ederson; Kyle Walker, Manuel Akanji, Ruben Dias, Guardiol; Rodri, Julian Alvarez, Bernard Silva; Phil Foden, Erling Haaland and Jeremy Doku. DT: Pep Guardiola.

Pep Guardiola and the possible team to face RB Leipzig.  (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)Pep Guardiola and the possible team to face RB Leipzig. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP)

Where to watch the match between Manchester City and RB Leipzig?

This great match between the two best teams in Group F of the UEFA Champions League will be broadcast on Fox Sports and Star+.

What time do Manchester City and RB Leipzig play?

The Citizens face the German team this Tuesday, November 28 starting at 5:00 p.m. (Argentina time).

Manchester City goes for first place in its group

Julián Álvarez’s team receives one of the best teams in the Bundesliga at the Etihad Stadium. This Tuesday, Manchester City hosts RB Leipzig to play a match corresponding to the fifth round with the aim of finishing first in their group.

The view of Etihad Stadium from outside.  (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)The view of Etihad Stadium from outside. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

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