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Man City 5-3 RB Leipzig: Cancelo goal – Champions League – LIVE!


Three months on from their Champions League final heartbreak Man City start their new group stage campaign by welcoming RB Leipzig to the Etihad this evening.

City went into last season’s final in Porto – the first in the club’s history – as favourites to finally lift European club football’s biggest prize but instead were upset by Premier League rivals Chelsea as Kai Havertz’s goal earned a 1-0 win for Thomas Tuchel’s men.

Pep Guardiola said this week that City can use the pain of that defeat to spur them on to go one better this year and the long road to next year’s final in St. Petersburg starts against the German side tonight.

Leipzig have recent pedigree in the competition themselves, having reached the semi-finals two years ago and emerged from a tough group at Manchester United’s expense last season.

However, after losing star men Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sabitzer to Bayern Munich this summer, they have endured a difficult start to the Bundesliga season and with PSG lying in wait in the group, City know the importance of getting off to a winning start.

You can follow all the action with Standard Sport’s LIVE blog below…

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Grealish off, Jesus on

81mins: City’s B team would win most leagues in the world, wouldn’t they?

Off comes one of the goal scorers and on comes a goalscorer in the form of Jesus.

Nkunku is off as well. He’s done his bit becoming the first Leipzig player to score a Champions League hat-trick. He’s replaced by Gvardiol.

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RED CARD! Angelino sent off

79mins: RED CARD! Angelino sent off

BINGO! That completes the set in a game that’s already had a hattrick, an own goal and several worldies.

Former City player Angelino lunges in on Cancelo and cuts him half as the ball rises to about belly height.

He can have no complaints and it really was a foolish thing to do given he was already on a card.

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GOAL! Cancelo worldie!

75mins: GOAL! Cancelo worldie!

This is the eighth goal tonight and truth be told it’s come as no surprise given the bonkers nature of this tie.

Arguably the pick of the bunch as Concelo gets the ball around 25 yards from goal and on the angle towards the right. He sets himself and hits it with his laces. It’s not quite in the top corner but it explodes off his boot.

What a game, what a goal, what a sport!

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GOAL! Nkunku hattrick!

74mins: GOAL! Nkunku hattrick!

Be honest, who had this as one of the all-time Champions League group stage classics?

The young French striker has just bagged a hattrick. He’s put through on a tight angle by Poulsen and he hammers it hard and high into the rood. Leipzig back in this.

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De Bruyne off for Stirling as Foden also comes on

72mins: It’s a double switch from Manchester City and this really does underline the strength in depth this team has.

De Bruyne and Torres comes off and on comes Stirling and Foden.

Leipzig also make a switch as Brobbey replaces Olmo.

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GOAL! Oh, but it’s off-side

66mins: It’s impossible to keep on top of this one. It’s another goal as Torres does brilliantly, rounding the keeper after collecting a beautiful ball from Gundogan but the striker is off-side. Just. It really couldn’t have been tighter.

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Changes aplenty

59mins: A few subs here amidst all that fun.

Fernandinho is on for Rodri and Silva has been replaced by Gundogan.

Leipzig make three changes. Haidara, Poulsen and Szobaslai on, Forsberg, Andre Silva and Laimer off.

Oh, Angelino was booked shortly before for cutting down De Bruyne.

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GOAL! Grealish stunner

56mins: GOAL! Grealish stunner

That’s why they spent £100million on him. He gathers the ball a mile from the Leipzig box near the left hand touchline and drives and drives and drives until he gets inside the area, cuts inside, shifts it onto his right boot and curls in a wicked ball inside the far post. Think vintage Ronaldo during his first stint at Manchester United and you’re not far off.

A brilliant goal puts City back in command.

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GOAL! Nkunku heads his second

51mins: Nkunku heads his second

Well then. This game takes another turn. Nkunku has his second goal thanks to a powerful header inside the City box, though Pep will wonder where the marking was.

It’s come from a counter attack that also included De Bruyne running into the referee and staying on the ground. The ball is worked left again – a perennial problem for City tonight – and Olmo puts it on a plate for Nkunku who leaps in the air and bulges the net.

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Grealish draws another foul and Adams goes in the book

49mins: The American chops down Grealish (you know he was fouled more times than any other Premier League player last season?) and gets his name in the book.

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