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RB Leipzig vs Manchester City at Red Bull Arena

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Red Bull Arena Referee : Sandro Schärer
7th December 2021 5:45 PM (GMT)
  • 2 RB Leipzig

    • ‘24' Dominik Szoboszlai
    • ‘71' André Silva
  • 1 Manchester City

    • ‘76' Riyad Mahrez

#mancity

Commentary By George Kelsey

20:20

Goodnight 👍

So it wasn't to be tonight, but City still qualify for the knockout stages of the Champions League as group winners.

Riyad Mahrez's fifth goal in six Group Stage matches wasn't enough to earn us a share of the spoils in Leipzig after strikes from Dominik Szoboszlai and Andre Silva had given the hosts a two-goal advantage.

We welcome Wolves to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday, so we have a chance to put tonight's result swiftly to the back of our minds as we aim to stay top of the Premier League table.

We'll be back with you from 10:30am for that one but, until then, you can explore player stats from tonight's match below.

20:15

Richard Dunne on City's Champions League prospects 🗣

"City are still favourites after tonight's result, people aren't going to change their minds on that.

"The group stages are almost a 'get them out the way' so we can get into the real business.

"City have the experience last year of getting through the difficult rounds, and there's an opportunity to go one step further this year."

20:12

Nedum Onuoha on Matchday Live

"Kyle Walker's been one of our best players this season and across his whole time at Manchester City.

"We'll miss him, but we've got the versatility with Joao Cancelo or Oleksandr Zinchenko, we're capable and it's a case of next man up for City."

20:10

RB Leipzig manager Achim Beierlorzer 🗣

"The first game gave us some hints because in the first game we gave them too much space.

"The compact positioning was key for the game, it was hard for City to enter our spaces.

"Today was a great game and a disciplined performance from our team."

20:07

RB Leipzig midfielder Kevin Kampl 🗣

"You have to play with joy when you are playing against one of the best teams in the world, and I think you saw that.

"We used our opportunities. We could maybe have used counter attacks better but I think we did a great job as a team today."

20:04

Pep Guardiola on Ake / Foden fitness 🗣

"Nathan has a back problem, we’ll see tomorrow.

"Phil had problems in the beginning with his ankle, as a precaution I decided to play Raheem (Sterling) in his position."

20:02

Pep Guardiola on City's group stage performance 🗣

"We made an incredible group stage, we qualified with a game left in a tough group.

"(I am) more than satisfied with the performance in every game. In February (last-16) hopefully we can arrive in the best condition possible.

"Sometimes we concede goals but after score more.

"Of course it’s better to not concede goals, the way we played all the games we played better except today in the first half but in general we made an incredible group stage."

20:00

Pep Guardiola on Kyle Walker's red card 🗣

"It’s a red card, definitely. (But) I’m not coming here to say what happened in the dressing room (after the game)."

19:58

Pep Guardiola on City performance 🗣

"We played better in the second half, more aggressive, played to win the game and we lost it so congrats to Leipzig.

 "First half we lacked rhythm, had problems in the contact and they had a really good team, we knew before group stage but second half much better.

"Unfortunately, we were punished with one or two mistakes."

19:51

Nedum Onuoha on Matchday Live 🗣

"The really good teams react to setbacks. his was a bit because we didn't perform very well.

"There's different ways to take a loss, so I expect a big reaction against Wolves and across December because it's such a key month in the season."

19:44

Richard Dunne on performance 🗣

"We put a bit of pressure on but it faded away, they seemed a bit off it tonight which can be forgiven because of the season we've had so far.

"When you go 2-0 down in a game like that, you look for any positives, so the fact we fought to get back in the game, created opportunities shows a strong mentality and Mahrez's goal was lovely.

"There were definitely some bright sparks."

19:42

Nedum Onuoha reaction 🗣

"It wasn't the best of games, the crowd being away had an effect for me, I was surprised how open it was but I don't think Leipzig ran away with the game.

"Both sides will feel like they could've scored more."

19:40

Silver linings

A frustrating day at the office for City, but we're still in the hat for the last-16 as group winners!

Plenty of post-match reaction still to come...

Open
90'

Pushing for the equaliser

Jack Grealish tries to play a ball into Raheem Sterling behind the Leipzig defence, but Peter Gulacsi is off his line in a flash.

Sterling appreciates the positive play though and gives his fellow Englishman a thumbs up.

Our no.10 is then felled by Tyler Adams on the left, who is booked for a poor challenge.

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85'

City chance

Kevin De Bruyne a matter of inches from grabbing an equaliser, but his effort flashes just wide of the far post.

So close to the leveller!

83'

Kyle Walker off

A lapse of judgement from Kyle Walker, who kicks out at Andre Silva from behind.

Fernandinho does his best to calm the situation but the Leipzig players are incensed.

City with a mountain to climb now.

Open
79'

So close!

Almost an equaliser from Jack Grealish just then!

The winger cuts inside from the left and his effort is deflected just wide of the far post.

John Stones is booked in the aftermath - it looks like it might be for dissent?

77'

Game on!

A brilliant and deserved goal for City!

Oleksandr Zinchenko whips a sumptuous ball into the Leipzig box from the left which is met by Riyad Mahrez with a diving header.

It's the Algerian's fifth goal in six Champions League matches, and nine in his last ten!

74'

Strong penalty claim

Huge chance for City as Fernandinho's effort on the rebound from Mahrez's cutback is deflected over the bar.

Pep Guardiola's men are convinced we should've had a penalty and there's certainly a very strong claim for it - Raheem Sterling looked like he was giving Joško Gvardiol a piggy-back!

74'

City pressure

Jack Grealish once again works his way to the by-line but his ball in under pressure is comfortably claimed at the near-post by Peter Gulacsi.

It's just not falling our way so far today.

72'

Fors to be reckoned with

Emil Forsberg has a massive hand in Leipzig's second, stealing possession around 40 yards from the City goal and racing into the space behind.

The Swede cuts the ball back into the path of Andre Silva, who smashes home past the despairing dive of Zack Steffen.

Nothing the City stopper could do about that one.

70'

City chance

RB Leipzig seemingly content to keep the ball rather than press for a second, but Ilkay Gundogan wins back possession and launches a quick ball into the path of Jack Grealish.

Peter Gulacsi is off his line swiftly to clear the danger with the City man racing in to try and knock the ball past him.

Plenty more life in this game...

66'

Jack the lad

Fernandinho wins back possession inside the Leipzig half with the ball eventually falling to Jack Grealish on the left.

The winger's ball back across goal is sent behind by Nordi Mukiele for a corner.

60'

David Clayton at the Red Bull Arena 🗣

"We’re looking much more of a threat in this half but we need to watch our offsides as we’ve been caught out a couple of times now.

"Can’t see us not scoring at some stage and if we get one, I’d expect us to go on and get another."

58'

Crowded out

Jack Grealish races away down the left and cuts the ball back to Ilkay Gundogan, but the German's effort is blocked in a crowd of Leipzig bodies.

55'

Fine margins

Oleksandr Zinchenko whips a deep ball into the Leipzig box from the left which finds Riyad Mahrez.

The winger looks to dart away from Angelino, but the offside flag eventually goes up.

Promising from City so far in the half...

52'

Going close ❌

Ilkay Gundogan tries to play the ball down the line to Raheem Sterling, but the winger didn't quite time his run properly in behind and is caught by the offside flag.

48'

Against the wall

Riyad Mahrez runs over the ball for Kevin De Bruyne, but the Belgian's effort crashes into the wall.

Raheem Sterling's in the thick of the action already on the left, with his cross blocked by fellow half-time sub Mohamed Simakan

47'

Fast start

Strong start from City, as Ilkay Gundogan is felled right on the edge of the Leipzig box by Josko Gvardiol.

Riyad Mahrez and Kevin De Bruyne standing over it...

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David Clayton at the Reb Bull Arena 🗣

"So unlucky not to have gone in level with those two late efforts from Foden and De Bruyne.

"The last five minutes or so were the best we played in that half, but we have to thank Zack Steffen for keeping us in the game – he’s been fantastic so far.

"Definitely a touch of the new manager bounce about the hosts and Achim Beierlorzer will be delighted with what he’s seen so far."

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Richard Dunne on the first half 🗣

"It's difficult for the players, going back to an empty stadium without an atmosphere having already qualified.

"They just seem slightly off their normal tempo.

"The manager will think they have got 45 minutes into their legs and get back to their normal level."

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Nedum Onuoha on Matchday Live 🗣

"I think at times we were surprisingly sloppy, we haven't got into our rhythm, we were getting better towards the end of the half but I was surprised how open we were and it played into their hands.

"I'm expecting better in the second half."

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Europa League-bound

Good news for the hosts so far, with Club Brugge 3-0 down at Paris Saint-Germain.

It means that, even if we mount a comeback and come away from the Reb Bull Arena with three points, they'll still be in the Europa League knockout stages this evening.

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Behind at the break

Sandro Schärer blows the half-time whistle, with City going in one goal behind at the break.

Dominik Szoboszlai's goal inside 25 minutes is the difference so far.

Pep Guardiola's men have had chances to find the equaliser, including Phil Foden hitting the post, but we've also been thankful to Zack Steffen for three fine saves.

An entertaining game so far.

Open
43'

Oh so close

It's De Bruyne who tries his luck from distance, but Peter Gulacsi gets a strong hand to the Belgian's curling effort.

A little more into the corner and that's surely 1-1.

43'

Dangerous free-kick

Lovely one-two between Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish, with the Algerian felled by Josko Gvardiol just outside the RB Leipzig half.

Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez standing over this one. It's about 25 yards from goal and relatively central, so either could be taking it...

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41'

OFF THE POST

So close from Phil Foden!

A flash of brilliance from the winger, who launches a vicious effort across goal and onto the upright after latching onto Kevin De Bruyne's ball in behind.

Peter Gulacsi does just enough to get a finger on it...

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39'

Super stop

Another brilliant save from Zack Steffen keeps it at 1-0

 Dominik Szoboszlai heads the ball back across goal for Andre Silva from Nordi Mukiele's teasing ball to the far post.

The forward smashes an effort towards goal from point-blank range but our stopper makes another excellent reaction save.

38'

Praise for the hosts from our reporter David Clayton 🗣

"RB Leipzig always look like they have a goal in them, don’t they?

"They attack in numbers, have fast, technical forwards and look they’re bound for the Europa League - especially with Club Brugge 2-0 down in Paris.

"They look like they could go far in that competition should they seal qualification."

36'

Knocking on the door 🚪

City counter through Ilkay Gundogan, who plays the ball out to Phil Foden on the left and continues his run forward.

Foden looks to play it back into the German, but once again the hosts do just enough to prevent the pass from finding its intended target.

Nathan Ake heads over from the resultant corner.

33'

Going close

Phil Foden tries to squeeze a ball between the lines for the onrushing Ilkay Gundogan but Lukas Klostermann gets his head to it.

Plenty of the ball, but it's just not falling for us at the moment.

Open
30'

De Bruyne in the book

Free-kick for City out of the left wing after Oleksandr Zinchenko is felled by Christopher Nkunku.

We try to take it quick, and Kevin De Bruyne is booked by referee  Sandro Schärer for not waiting for the whistle.

Open
26'

Steffen save

Another big chance for the hosts as Emil Forsberg ghosts in at the back post from Andre Silva's right-wing cutback.

The Swede smashes towards goal but Steffen once again does well to block the effort.

Open
23'

Leipzig ahead?

The hosts have the ball in the net as Dominik Szoboszlai latches on to Konrad Laimer's ball in behind and rounds Steffen and taps home into an empty net.

VAR will look at it, but the Hungarian looked onside when the ball was played...

21'

City chances

Kyle Walker forces a save from Peter Gulacsi, and the Hungarian does just enough to prevent Jack Grealish from having a tap-in on the rebound.

Grealish is in the thick of the action again in the same passage of play, seeing his shot on the turn deflected over the bar.

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19'

Sharp goalkeeping

Leipzig break in numbers with Christopher Nkunku threading through Andre Silva in behind the City defence.

The forward tries to take a touch around the onrushing Zack Steffen, but our stopper gets a strong hand to the ball to divert the danger away from goal.

Another alert piece of goalkeeping from the US international.

Open
17'

Going close

It's City's turn to go close this time, with Kevin De Bruyne's side-foot volley flashing just over the Leipzig bar from the right of the box.

The game's come to life in the last few minutes!

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14'

In the book

Kevin Kampl is cautioned for bringing down Kevin De Bruyne as the Belgian looked to start a counter.

That's a long time to be sat on a yellow card, the midfielder will need to be careful...

13'

Kyle in command 💪

Leipzig try to break from a City free-kick, but Kyle Walker is across to snuff out the danger before it can develop.

An entertaining start to the game so far, despite there being no clear cut chances as of yet.

11'

Positive play

A lovely reverse pass in behind from Riyad Mahrez finds Kevin De Bruyne, but the Belgian can't quite find Jack Grealish in the Leipzig box.

On the other flank, Phil Foden draws a foul from Nordi Mukiele in a promising position.

7'

Incisive play

Kyle Walker gets a clap from the bench after forcing Nordi Mukiele to head his ball into the left channel away for a City throw.

With Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez stretching the Leipzig defence out on the touchline, we could get some joy down the flanks tonight...

6'

Calm and collected

The hosts try a long pass over the top which is intercepted by Nathan Ake, and Ilkay Gundogan gets to the second ball ahead of Emil Forsberg.

Calm and collected from Pep Guardiola's men so far, as we stroke it around just inside the Leipzig half.

3'

That's me in the corner

Quick corner from City almost catches the hosts out but Konrad Laimer is alert to the danger and diverts the ball behind.

De Bruyne overhits his cross into the area from the resultant set-piece to relieve a bit of the early pressure.

2'

Early stages

Riyad Mahrez tries to curl the ball into the back post from the right after Zinchenko wins the ball back on the high press, but it's headed clear.

It looks like Jack Grealish is starting in the centre of our front three tonight to begin with...

17:44

On the way...

The iconic Champions League anthem blares out across the tannoy, the players discard our training jackets and get into position.

Fernandinho trades pendant with Leipzig skipper Peter Gulacsi before the coin toss, wishing his adversary good luck in the process.

17:42

Looking the part 🔥

Fernandinho leads the City team out onto the field, with the players sporting - in my not so humble opinion - a *VERY* smart looking training jacket.

Incidentally, Pep Guardiola's men are in our third kit this evening to face RB Leipzig.

17:39

Richard Dunne on Christopher Nkunku 🗣

"He is their main attacking threat, and after that game (at the Etihad) there were links to top clubs.

"It gives him a chance to put himself in the shop window."

17:34

Pep Guardiola continued 🗣

On potentially experimenting with team style:

"Absolutely not. We're comfortable playing this way and will continue. 

"You change the player in the position, that is all. The idea is we had success and believe in it 100% and try to do it every game."

On RB Leipzig threats:

"It's difficult because with a new manager you don't know. But like we said, Leipzig have their own philosophy, and the board or bosses don't accept not to play this way.

"It'll be pressing and put the ball upfront, attacking in the sides.

"We're going to try to play our rhythm, if we play their rhythm it'll be difficult."

17:32

Pep Guardiola speaking to BT Sport 🗣

On team selection:

"We have a really good team, everyone deserves to play and the few who stay in Manchester played a lot of minutes in last month. They get rest and yeah, (this team is) good enough to compete v RB Leipzig."

On Kevin De Bruyne's return:

"It's about how we're going to feel, play like he knows and enjoy.

"He'll play 10, 40, 50, 60 minutes (until he's tired) because I don't know the consequences of the Covid-19 he had. We'll see."

17:28

David Clayton is at the Red Bull arena this evening 🏟

"In situ at the Red Bull Arena and what a fantastic stadium the hosts have. The sad thing is, due to COVID restrictions in Germany, it is empty - bar media, players and coaching staff.

"To say I’m sat in the gods is an understatement. It’s the highest press box I’ve ever sat in and if you have vertigo, it’s not somewhere you want to be.

"Better still, I’ve got scale the equivalent of Mount Eiger on full time to get down to speak to one of our players, on the other side of the pitch if I leave now, I might just make it…"

17:22

More from Pep Guardiola 🗣

"Of course, all the guys who play want to win for respect in the competition, respect for Leipzig and respect for Brugge and PSG.

"We want to improve. We can do things even better - we know exactly which ones. The more you do it, the more natural it is.

"It is a huge opportunity. It is the Champions League."

17:20

Onuoha on City's young subs 🗣

"They need to show an understanding when you represent Manchester City.

"The team Pep has is built around trust and if they can prove they can be trusted, that is the biggest thing.

"They all have ability. Be someone who can be trusted alongside ability."

17:13

High press?

Based on their Champions League campaign so far, RB Leipzig could be looking to press us high this evening.

Only Chelsea have registered more pressed sequences (120) than RB Leipzig (110) in the Champions League this season.

The stat shows the number of sequences starting in the opposition’s defensive third where they have three or fewer passes and the sequence ends in their own half.

17:10

Richard Dunne on the Champions League last-16 🗣

"Any of the sides that qualify when you get to the knockout (will be difficult).

"Inter Milan will be difficult, going back to Spain will be difficult (to potentially face Barcelona, Sevilla, Villareal or Atletico Madrid).

"There are no easy ties in the Champions League, the manager will be happy to go away and get the job done. There are no easy games."

17:04

Oleksandr Zinchenko preview 🗣

“Everyone is working hard, waiting for his chance to show his best things.

“We are so lucky to have some of the best players in the world. Without them, it's so difficult to achieve something.

“There are a lot of challenges ahead of us. With this team for the last few years what we have done, we have to go and try again to win every single game and show our very best performance.

“It is sad news for both teams [that the game is behind-closed-doors] – for all football fans who were supposed to come and watch the game and for the players as well.

“We just play for the fans but the main reason (for it) is for our health. I wish everyone is going to be healthy.”

16:58

Clean slate 🔁

The hosts will be hoping for some new manager bounce this evening with Achim Beierlorzer taking over as interim coach for the first time.

It comes after Jesse Marsch was sacked by RB Leipzig just four months into his reign with the club 11th in the Bundesliga table on Sunday.

With a clean slate, the hosts could be difficult to play against this evening...

16:54

Impressive numbers 🔢

City’s last four defeats in the UEFA Champions League are spread across our last 36 games in the competition (W28 D4).

We've also won our final group game in each of thee last three UEFA Champions League campaigns, with a 4-1 win over Dinamo Zagreb the last time we finished the group away from home (2019-20).

16:49

Nedum Onuoha on RB Leipzig 🗣

"There's attacking players like Andre Silva and Emil Forsberg in there for RB Leipzig, so you can see they are going for it.

"They are setting their stall that they want to win the game and go for it, which should make for a good game and an open game."

16:48

Here's how our opponents line-up 📋

RB Leipzig XI: Gulácsi, Mukiele, Klostermann, Gvardiol, Angelino, Kampl, Laimer, Nkunku, Szoboszlai, Forsberg, André Silva

Subs: Simakan, Adams, Brobbey, Kourouma Kourouma, Martínez, Bonnah, Henrichs

16:42

Richard Dunne on Riyad Mahrez 🗣

"I think he is fantastic, and always has an impact. I would put him in my favourite XI.

"He's so exciting, and when he cuts in it allows space for Kyle Walker. 

"His time at City started slow but has picked up. He is so talented."

16:38

Behind closed doors ❌

A reminder that tonight's match is being played behind closed doors because regional authorities have placed the state of Saxony into partial lockdown.

16:36

Nedum Onuoha on Matchday Live 🗣

"I think every game is important for a manger who has high standards. 

"If we don't play well he will ask why. If you go out there and show the wrong characteristics, I will be surprised if they are in for the weekend.

"To come back into a Champions League game with something to play for is a great chance. You can sense that in the team Pep has selected. The pressure is on to play well and I'm sure they will want to perform."

16:30

Seven changes 🔄

Pep Guardiola makes seven changes from the side that beat Watford on Saturday evening.

Zack Steffen makes his first Champions League start of the season, shielded by a back four of Kyle Walker, John Stones, Nathan Ake and Oleksandr Zinchenko.

Fernandinho starts as captain in a midfield three alongside Ilkay Gundogan and the returning Kevin De Bruyne.

Jack Grealish, Phil Foden and Riyad Mahrez make up the front three for Pep Guardiola’s men in Leipzig.

Hear the reaction of Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha right now on Matchday Live.

16:30

City team 🔷

City XI: Steffen, Walker, Stones, Aké, Zinchenko, Fernandinho (C), Gündogan, De Bruyne, Grealish, Mahrez, Foden

Subs: Ederson, Carson, Dias, Sterling, Egan-Riley, Palmer, McAtee, Lavia, Wilson-Esbrand

16:20

Goals galore? ️⚽️

City (3.2) and RB Leipzig (2.4) both rank within the top four teams for expected goals per game in the UEFA Champions League this season.

Pep Guardiola’s men rank first overall and, between the two sides, we've scored 30 goals in the competition this term (Manchester City 17 and RB Leipzig 13).

16:15

Familiar face

RB Leipzig boast a familiar face in their ranks in the form of left-back, Angelino.

The Spaniard made 15 senior appearances across two spells for City before joining his current employers off the back of a successful loan spell in 2021.

He got a great reception from the supporters at the Etihad Stadium in our previous encounter - despite being sent off...

16:06

Matchday Live 🎥

City's former defensive duo Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha will take you through the action on this evening's Matchday Live show.

Available on all digital platforms, including right here in our Matchday Centre, Dunne and Onuoha will offer their expert insight on the game ahead of kick-off, before reconvening for a half-time and post-match debrief.

Between the expert analysis and interesting anecdotes, the duo will also answer your questions. To have your say, send a WhatsApp to: +447537186538.

Getting underway at around 16:30, Matchday Live offers a unique, City-centric take on proceedings, making it a must-watch for City supporters!

15:58

14 not out

City are unbeaten in our last 14 games against German opponents in the UEFA Champions League (W13 D1).

That run began back in November 2014, when a Sergio Aguero hat-trick helped us come from two goals down to beat Bayern Munich 3-2 at the Etihad Stadium.

Since then, we've won the last nine such fixtures in a row, scoring 28 goals and only conceding nine times in return.

15:54

Plenty to play for

City's victory over Paris Saint-Germain in our last Champions League outing means we're already guaranteed top spot in Group A, but there's plenty still to play for this evening.

RB Leipzig are currently locked in a battle for third place with Club Brugge and know that if they can match the Belgians' result against PSG they'll enter this season's Europa League knockout phases.

Regardless, it's not in Pep Guardiola's men's nature to take our foot off the peddle regardless of us already securing our place in the next round.

It promises to be an exciting encounter!

15:50

Man City App coverage 📱

A reminder that the official Man City app offers comprehensive coverage of every City game.

It houses our Matchday Live show, which can be found on all digital platforms including right here in our Matchday Centre from 16:45 this evening.

Once the action gets under way, Alistair Mann and former City midfielder Michael Brown will provide commentary throughout the 90 minutes.

Should you be out and about, those with push notifications turned on will also get alerted as soon as the teams are announced and when any goals go in.

Highlights from the match can be found later in the evening, while a full-match replay will also be available from midnight following the game with a CITY+ subscription.

If you already have the City App then simply visit the stores and update.

Download on your mobile phone or tablet via the Apple's App Store or Google Play Store.

15:45

It's matchday! ⚽

The Champions League is back!

City complete our European group stage campaign this evening with a trip to RB Leipzig.

It's a 17:45 (UK) kick-off in Germany with Pep Guardiola's men already having secured qualification to the knock-out stages.

Despite top spot already being secured in Group A, City will be desperate to go into the last-16 with a fifth victory in six Champions League matches when we lock horns with Die Roten Bullen.

We'll have the latest team news for you in around 45 minutes, as well as Matchday Live with special guests Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha!

Stay tuned for plenty of stats and preview material between now and then 👍 

Other games that day

  • Paris Saint-Germain4
    Club Brugge1
    FT
  • Real Madrid2
    Internazionale0
    FT
  • Shakhtar Donetsk1
    Sheriff Tiraspol1
    FT
  • FC Porto1
    Atlético de Madrid3
    FT
  • Milan1
    Liverpool2
    FT
  • Ajax4
    Sporting CP2
    FT
  • Borussia Dortmund5
    Besiktas0
    FT

As it stood

P GD Pts
2 Paris Saint-Germain 6 +5 11
3 RB Leipzig 6 +1 7
4 Club Brugge 6 -14 4
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