Manchester City got off to a winning start in their Champions League group stage opener against RB Leipzig at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, defeating the German side 6-3 in a thriller at the Etihad Stadium.
Following last year’s disappointment at losing in the final of the competition, Pep Guardiola’s side were eager to begin confidently, which was exactly what they did.
It took just 16 minutes for them to break the deadlock as Jack Grealish’s corner found Nathan Ake who headed home for 1-0.
City then doubled their lead on 28 minutes in rather fortuitous fashion, as Nordi Mukiele diverted the ball into his own net.
Leipzig looked to have gotten themselves back into the game at a great time, three minutes before the break, with a Christopher Nkunku header. Yet their joy was short lived as Lukas Klostermann handled inside the area, conceding a penalty which was duly converted by Riyad Mahrez.
The visitors refused to give up however, as Nkunku was again on target on 51 minutes from a Dani Olmo assist.
Jack Grealish scored his first ever Champions League goal to three minutes later to restore City’s two-goal advantage, but Nkunku sealed his hat-trick on 73 minutes to set up a fascinating finish.
Such was the topsy-turvy nature of the game, Joao Cancelo responded less than 120 seconds later and Leipzig’s hopes were dealt a blow when former City man Angelino picked up a second yellow card.
There would be no late sting in the tale from the Germans, as Gabriel Jesus sealed the win with five minutes to spare.