RB Leipzig snatch draw against Manchester City

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At home, RB Leipzig first suffered against Manchester City before waking up in the second half. On arrival, a 1-1 draw which gives both teams every chance of qualifying for the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

One half each and one goal everywhere. The round of 16 first leg of the Champions League between RB Leipzig and Manchester City gave birth to a logical tie (1-1) given the course of the match: the Mancunians were dominant during the first period while the Germans ignited the second.

In the Red Bull Arena in Leipzig, Manchester City had not come as a tourist. From the first minute, the Citizens make themselves at home and put their feet on the coffee table by installing their possession game. Enough to put pressure on Germans without ideas or energy. RB Leipzig stops the attacks as best it can, in particular by multiplying the faults. However, the free kicks do not give anything like those of Riyad Mahrez (10e17e).

Halfway through the first half, Manchester City had 83% possession. However, it was necessary to wait for an error from the German defense for Pep Guardiola’s men to open the scoring. Grealish recovers and sends a millimeter pass to Gündogan, who delivers a touch for Mahrez. The Algerian easily deceives Blaswich (27e0-1).

The Mancunians miss to double the bet almost immediately. On a corner from Mahrez, Rodri is alone at the far post. The Spaniard tries to adjust his head, which passes in front of the goal before spinning in six meters (30e). Opposite, the rare counters of RB Leipzig are annihilated by the multiple offsides of André Silva. Timo Werner tries the first shot just before the half-time whistle, without any real danger (45e).

Winning coaching for Leipzig

Failing to take advantage of the break to try to improve his offensive capacities, Marco Rose brought out Klostermann, in difficulty against the Mancunian attack, and gave Henrichs a chance. The Citizens resume their march forward: Schlager pushes back a framed recovery from Mahrez following a cross from Gündogan to the left of the German area (50e).

However, Marco Rose’s coaching is inspired. Magnificently shifted by Szoboszlai, Henrichs is alone on the right of the English surface. But the defender crosses his shot too low with the ground with the right foot (55e). The sign of a German revival. Werner overtakes Akanji and crosses back. Ederson pushes back with his hands at the near post under the threat of Forsberg, placed behind him (57e). Ederson is still decisive in front of André Silva who tries a dive (62e).

If Haaland misses the break point (68e), fear has changed sides. On a cross from Halstenberg, Szoboszlai unleashes a peanut that Ederson deflects for a corner (69e). The Mancunian goalkeeper is only delaying the inevitable: on the corner that follows, Gvardiol jumps higher than everyone and equalizes with a header (70e1-1).

Gündogan sounds the revolt with a shot from the flat foot that Glaswich deflects (74e). But despite all their attempts, the Citizens never recover the advantage. Everything remains to be done for both teams before the return match at the Etihad stadium


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