Phil Foden drives Manchester City rally from 2-0 down to beat RB Leipzig, claim Group G
Phil Foden had a goal and an assist as Manchester City sealed a seeded place in the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds with a 3-2 comeback win over RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Tuesday.
Erling Haaland scored City’s first goal, Foden the second, and Julian Alvarez the 87th-minute winner as a 2-0 halftime deficit inspired by Loic Openda’s brace had Leipzig hoping for control of the group.
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Both sides will be in the knockout rounds as City’s won all five of its group stage matches including a 3-1 win at Leipzig on October 4, and Leipzig’s claimed all nine of the other points available to it during the tournament.
The two sides played two very different legs in the knockout rounds last season, as Leipzig held City 1-1 at Red Bull Arena before Erling Haaland scored five of the side’s seven goals in a blowout second leg in Manchester.
Special Foden undervalued
It’s inevitable in a team with Erling Haaland, Rodri, and Kevin De Bruyne up the middle and so many fantastic wide players that some sensational work will get overlooked.
We’re looking at your Phil Foden.
Foden had four chances created and seven recoveries in a remarkable performance on Tuesday, and those numbers still seem low given the England star’s role in driving the champions back from a 2-0 deficit.
We were worried we were overstating his strength, but then we headed to see what our pals at Fotmob have rated Foden’s Champions League group stage, given that he’s scored in three-straight games and has at least one goal contribution in all four of his appearances.
Literally the best in Europe this season.
Pep Guardiola’s men will go to Red Star Belgrade at 12:45pm ET Dec. 13 for their final group stage game, the same time that Leipzig hosts Young Boys.
Manchester City vs RB Leipzig final score: 3-2
Goals: Openda (13', 33'), Haaland (54'), Foden (70'), Alvarez (87')
Julian Alvarez goal video
Phil Foden goal video: Level!
Erling Haaland goal: City star pulls one back
City had been countered into a 2-0 hole, but now it’s got a goal to befit its control of everything else.
City upped its possession number from 63-81 between the halves, and have not given up a Leipzig attempt in the second frame.
Haaland getting on the board? Zero surprise. That it came down 2-0 at home qualifies as a surprise.
Loic Openda goals: Video highlights of Leipzig star’s first half brace
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Focus on Manchester City, team news
City drew Liverpool 1-1 at the weekend, the Citizens failing to find a second goal despite control of the match and dropping points when Trent Alexander-Arnold found the winner. Erling Haaland remains in solid form, and Jeremy Doku is surging up the assist leaderboards.
OUT: Kevin De Bruyne (thigh) | QUESTIONABLE: Mateo Kovacic (thigh), Jack Grealish (illness), Matheus Nunes (muscular)
Focus on RB Leipzig, team news
Leipzig lost to Wolfsburg 2-1 at the weekend, giving them two losses from three in Bundesliga play. Leipzig sits fifth with 23 points from 12 matches.
OUT: Willi Orban (knee), Dani Olmo (clavicle), Timo Werner (adductor)