Champions League holders Manchester City staged a remarkable second-half comeback to defeat RB Leipzig 3-2, securing the top spot in Group G. The victory showcased City’s resilience as they came from 2-0 down to maintain their unbeaten run in the competition.
RB Leipzig took an early lead with Lois Openda capitalizing on defensive errors to score two superb goals. Despite City’s promising chances, they found themselves trailing at halftime. However, a dynamic second-half performance saw Erling Haaland pull one back after a pass from Phil Foden.
RB Leipzig thought they had secured the win with a goal from Fabio Carvalho, but it was disallowed for offside. Phil Foden then played a crucial role, scoring the equalizer and assisting Julian Alvarez for the late winner, completing a stunning comeback.
The victory solidified Manchester City’s position as group winners, while RB Leipzig settled for second place. Erling Haaland set a record by becoming the fastest player to reach 40 goals in the Champions League in just 35 appearances.
Despite City’s recent struggles in the Premier League, the win in the Champions League marked a crucial turnaround for Pep Guardiola’s side. Guardiola emphasized the importance of claiming top spot in the group, recognizing the advantage of playing the last-16 second leg at home.
The match featured ambitious volleys and missed chances from both teams in the early stages. Lois Openda’s first-half double put Leipzig in control, but City’s introduction of substitutes Jeremy Doku and Julian Alvarez sparked a dramatic reversal. Phil Foden’s standout performance, including a goal and two assists, played a pivotal role in City’s comeback.
The victory not only extended City’s English record 18-game unbeaten run in European competition but also showcased their determination to retain the Champions League crown. The intense clash left fans at the Etihad Stadium in awe as City secured a memorable win in challenging circumstances.
Manchester City will face Tottenham in the Premier League, while RB Leipzig will take on Heidenheim in the Bundesliga. City will conclude their Champions League group stage campaign away to Red Star Belgrade, while RB Leipzig will host Young Boys on the same evening.