Man City vs RB Leipzig Player Rating as Julian Alvarez Late Strike City beat RB Leipzig at Etihad

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Pep Guardiola’s men needed a strong second-half performance to come from behind to top their group ahead of RB Leipzig.

The Bundesliga side took an early lead when striker Loïs Openda beat goalkeeper Stefano Ortega with a slow roller after feeding Rodri to the ball.

He then continued to pile the misery on the towering winners by securing a brace on the half-hour mark before silencing the crowd.

After the break, Erling Haaland had his say and pulled one back after Julian Alvarez immediately popped off the bench in a heap. It is the 40th competitive goal for the Norwegian striker.

Phil Foden then put Guardiola’s side back in the driver’s seat with a compound turn and finished from inside the box before Alvarez found a late winner that likely won the Man of the Match award.

Man City Player Rating

Stefan Ortega (5/10): Beaten too easily for Openda’s second goal.

Kyle Walker (5/10): Out of position for the second goal and his usual leadership was lacking.

Ruben Dias (3/10): A stinker from the Portuguese, who was barged off the ball for the second goal and risked picking up a yellow card, which led to Guardiola hooking him at half-time.

Manuel Akanji (4/10): Misjudged Blaswich’s long kick for Openda’s opener, a rare error from the usually switched-on Swiss.

Josko Gvardiol (5/10): Could have done more to close down Openda for the second goal but made amends by setting up Foden’s equaliser.

Bernardo Silva (7/10): Provided the foundation for the fightback.

Rodri (5/10): Way below his usual high standards.

Rico Lewis (6/10): Missed a big chance to score in the first half. Kept the faith in the second.

Phil Foden (8/10): Recovered from a flat first half to play a hand in every goal. The sign of a top class player.

Erling Haaland (6/10): Scored his 12th goal in his last eight games against Leipzig to pull City back into it but missed big chances either side of that.

Jack Grealish (5/10): Not the best return after missing the Liverpool game although he also sustained a knock to the head. Upstaged by his replacement Doku.

Subs

Nathan Ake (6/10): Came on when City were trailing 2-0 and they were 3-2 up by full-time. Enough said.

Jeremy Doku (8/10): His pace and trickery sent shivers down Leipzig’s spine and was a key factor in the turnaround.

Julian Alvarez (8/10): A bundle of energy and excitement and completed a fightback which he played a big role in sparking.

Sergio Gomez (N/A): Came on in the 92nd minute.

Pep Guardiola (8/10): His half-time talk breathed life back into City and his substitutions finished the job.

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