RB Leipzig vs Manchester City: Twitter reacts as Pep Guardiola's side held to a 1-1 in Champions League last-16 clash

Riyad Mahrez gave Man City the lead with a fine 27th-minute effort before Josko Gvardiol's towering header leveled the score, 20 minutes from time.

Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw away to RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 clash on Wednesday; Credit: Twitter/ @ChampionsLeague
By Sreejith C R | Feb 23, 2023 | 3 Min Read follow icon Follow Us


Manchester City were held to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie at Red Bull Arena Leipzig on Wednesday night. Pep Guardiola’s side traveled to Germany without three key senior players- Kevin de Bruyne, John Stones and Aymeric Laporte. Playmaker De Bruyne’s absence seemed to have a huge impact as their star striker Erling Haaland suffered for a lack of service. Although Man City managed to take the lead through Riyad Mahrez inside the opening 27 minutes, the game was turned on its head in the second period. After the break, the hosts came out all guns blazing but they had only Josko Gvardiol’s  equaliser to show for an impressive second half performance. 

City unsurprisingly looked in control of the match in the first period and the hosts were sitting back, trying to maintain their defensive shape. Guardiola’ side broke the deadlock three minutes before the half-hour mark, thanks to Mahrez’s fine finish after Jack Grealish took advantage of a sloppy pass from Leipzig midfielder Xaver Schlagger. It was the Algerian attacker’s 11th goal for Man City across all competitions this season. Rodri went close to doubling the lead three minutes later but his header went wide. 

Gvardiol leveled the score with a towering header

Leipzig manager Marco Rose decided to swap wing backs Lukas Klostermann and Benjamin Henrichs at half time. The new man went close to scoring an equaliser twice in the space of two minutes early in the second half, but failed to find the back of the net. Christopher Nkunku, who has 16 goals to his name across all competitions for Leipzig this season, came in for Emile Forsbeg in the 66th-minute, and the Frenchman’s introduction gave the Bundesliga outfit an immediate boost. Striker Andre Silva forced a save from the visiting goalkeeper Ederson a minute later, before Gvadiol leveled the score 20 minutes from time. The Croatian defender, who caught the eye of the world with his stunning performances during the Qatar World Cup, climbed a meter higher than the City defence to head home from Marcel Halstenberg’s cross. 

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