MANCHESTER, England, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Manchester City winger Jack Grealish crowned a fine display on his Champions League debut with a beautifully taken solo goal as Pep Guardiola’s side outscored RB Leipzig 6-3 at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. Defender Nathan Ake put City ahead in the 16th minute with a header from a Jack Grealish corner and Pep Guardiola’s side doubled their lead 12 minutes later when a Kevin De Bruyne cross was headed into his own net by Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele. Pep Guardiola revealed he publicly argued with Manchester City goalscorers Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish during their 6-3 win over RB Leipzig as they did not do their defensive jobs on Wednesday night. MANCHESTER, England, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Christopher Nkunku scored a hat-trick for RB Leipzig but ended on the losing side in a nine-goal thriller as Manchester City, last season’s Champions League runners-up, made a positive start in Group A with a 6-3 win at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday. MANCHESTER, England, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Manchester City, last season’s Champions League runners-up, crushed RB Leipzig 6-3 in a thrilling Group A game on Wednesday as Christopher Nkunku scored a hat-trick for the German side.
He was part of a really tremendous City defence last season. Defender Nathan Ake put City ahead in the 16th minute with a header from a Jack Grealish corner and the hosts doubled the lead 12 minutes later when Kevin De Bruyne produced wonderful skill to leave three defenders for dead before his deep cross was headed into his own net by Leipzig defender Nordi Mukiele. To be fair, since I’ve come into the squad, I haven’t really been the best version of myself, I haven’t put in the performances I have regularly for my club. England put in a mature performance and Kane silenced the partisan Polish crowd with a fine strike from distance, only for the hosts to roar back as Szymanski secured a 1-1 draw in stoppage time. I want to win trophies (with England). Our chairman does not want one day of sleep or rest. There is a definite fluidity that I’m sure is helped by having only one change in the starting XI. Southgate, 50, was made to explore other options during the March international break, with Jesse Lingard having made an incredible resurgence. Rice had previously complained about his speed rating on FIFA in a video with Grealish while on international duty with England earlier this month.
Now, only two remain: England and Italy. The Three Lions have maintained their 100 per cent World Cup qualifying record with two wins from as many games during the international break, beating Hungary away and Andorra at home. Fresh from back-to-back 4-0 victories against Hungary and Andorra, the Three Lions rounded off their September triple-header by heading to Warsaw for what was always going to be their toughest Group I assignment. Leipzig were not deterred, though, and Nkunku reduced the deficit again in the 51st minute by heading in a cross from the excellent Spanish midfielder Dani Olmo. Nkunku became only the fourth player to score a Champions League treble and end up on the losing side and he deserved his player of the match award as Leipzig showed real spirit to keep fighting back against City’s impressive firepower. In the end we’re delighted to get the win against a good team full of energy and young players.
Guardiola commented on my qualities as a young English player and how he wanted me to attack his team more during the game,’ Redmond said after a 2-1 defeat for the Saints. Here, Sportsmail’s Sami Mokbel delivers his player ratings for the England stars. Maybe it is best just to start again: Trent Alexander-Arnold meet England, England meet Trent Alexander-Arnold. In Australia, your best bet is to subscribe to Optus Sport. It’s a tournament where international teams — Italy, France, England, Spain and so forth — compete for a month in a competition that starts out in group stages, but progresses to a knockout phase and, ultimately, a final to decide the best team in Europe. There were some empty seats at the Etihad and that may have prompted Guardiola to appeal for more to turn out for Saturday’s Premier League game with Southampton. The Spanish coach revealed that both players did not do what was asked of them during the half-time team talk at the Etihad Stadium, which led to the angry confrontation on Wednesday. It was a hugely entertaining match at the Etihad Stadium and although City manager Guardiola will be happy with the three points he will be concerned about the spaces his team left for the German side to exploit on the break.