In a pulsating UEFA Champions League clash, Manchester City showcased their dominance against RB Leipzig, clinching a hard-fought 3-1 victory at the Red Bull Arena. City extended their remarkable record against German opposition, suffering only one defeat in their last 22 encounters (W17, D4). The hosts, reeling from a devastating 7-0 loss to City in the previous season’s group stage, aimed for redemption, but the visitors had other plans.
The match kicked off with City dictating the pace, with Bernardo Silva missing a golden opportunity early on. The breakthrough came in the 25th minute when Phil Foden coolly converted Rico Lewis’ intelligent pass, putting City in the lead. Despite relentless pressure, Leipzig’s defense, led by Janis Blaswich, held firm, limiting City to a solitary goal at halftime.
After the break, Leipzig emerged with renewed vigor, swiftly equalizing through Loïs Openda, who capitalized on Yussuf Poulsen’s clever assist. City, undeterred, regained control. Erling Haaland and Foden threatened, hitting the woodwork and narrowly missing the target. With tension mounting, substitute Julian Álvarez stole the spotlight, curling a sublime shot into the top corner, shattering Leipzig’s resistance.
In a late flourish, Jeremy Doku sealed the victory for City, adding another goal on the break. The win extended City’s UCL group stage dominance, marking just two defeats in their last 31 matches (W23, D6). Meanwhile, Leipzig, despite their spirited fight, faced their first defeat in nine matches, setting the stage for a determined comeback in their upcoming fixture against VfL Bochum. City’s blend of skill, resilience, and individual brilliance prevailed, leaving fans eagerly anticipating their next Champions League spectacle.