Szoboszlai and Silva find the back of the net, as RB Leipzig stun the stars of Manchester City. The Germans now go into the Europa League!
RB Leipzig defeated Manchester City 2-1 in their final UEFA Champions League (UCL) Group A match at the Red Bull Arena, thanks to successful strikes from Dominik Szoboszlai and André Silva.
Pep Guardiola’s visitors had already qualified for the Last 16 as group winners, while this was Leipzig’s first match since the removal of manager, Jesse Marsch.
The result leaves the Germans, now under the stewardship of interim boss, Achim Beierlorzer, third in the group, and secures them a spot in the UEFA Europa League.
Szoboszlai opened the scoring in the 23rd minute. An inventive, outside-of-the-foot pass from Konrad Laimer, saw the Hungarian go clear and easily slot the ball into the net, after evading goalkeeper, Zack Steffen.
City had a chance to draw level late in the half through Phil Foden. However, his long range attempt was pushed onto the post by Leipzig keeper, Peter Gulacsi.
Guardiola’s side continued to struggle after the break, making uncharacteristic mistakes in the final third and lacking the cohesion that has been seen in recent games.
Silva added to their frustration in the 70th minute, doubling the home side’s lead following a composed pass from midfielder, Emil Forsberg
Riyad Mahrez finally pulled one back for City in the 75th minute, heading in an Oleksandr Zinchenko cross to keep his side in the game and register the Algerian’s fifth UCL goal this term.
However, a straight red card for Kyle Walker for an ugly foul on Silva in the 82nd minute, left Guardiola’s side to see out the rest of the game with 10 men.