Manchester City’s Champions League group campaign ended in defeat as they were beaten 2-1 at RB Leipzig.
The result has no bearing on their ability to qualify as group winners despite Paris Saint-Germain’s convincing victory over Club Brugge.
So perhaps unsurprisingly, Pep Guardiola’s men have been a bit sloppy throughout, with the rumor that Manchester United and Arsenal are targeting Dominik Szoboszlai giving the German side the lead at halftime.
Zack Steffen’s point-blank save to guard Andre Silva prevented Leipzig from advancing 2-0 before the break, but the Portuguese would not be denied in the second half as his powerful strike doubled their lead.
Riyad Mahrez pulled one off when he managed Oleksandr Zinchenko’s cross from the left, but the Premier League champions failed to find the equalizer.
The game later saw Kyle Walker receive a red card for a petulant kick from Silva.
City played as a side in a draw as they entered the game knowing they had won their group, but Leipzig were in a similar situation with their Europa League place almost guaranteed and no hope of finishing. second.
But the home side played much better with Steffen making a smart save to keep Konrad Laimer from his near post early on.
There was nothing Steffen could do when Szoboszlai was finished, however. The Hungarian, who has been linked with United and Arsenal, skillfully got around the City keeper after Lainer’s deep ball came in between John Stones and Nathan Ake.
City were grateful when Steffen brilliantly denied Silva with a header within six yards. Meanwhile, Phil Foden’s farming effort was knocked down by Peter Gulacsi in the visitors’ only significant attack in the first half.
There wasn’t much improvement from City’s perspective after the break and their deficit was doubled in the 71st minute when Silva slammed the ball after Fernandinho was dispossessed in a danger zone.
Mahrez pulled one off five minutes later, nodding in the corner thanks to Zinchenko’s menacing cross from the left.
But any hope that City will get a point, or even victory, goes up in smoke as Walker is rightly sent off following his stupid showdown with Silva.
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