RB Leipzig vs. Man City live score, updates, highlights and lineups from Champions League as Nkunku starts on bench

RB Leipzig vs. Man City live score, updates, highlights and lineups from Champions League as Nkunku starts on bench

Manchester City resume their latest bid for elusive Champions League glory when they travel to RB Leipzig in the last 16 on Wednesday.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won four of the past five Premier League titles but a 1-0 final defeat to domestic counterparts Chelsea in the 2021 final is the closest they have come to European glory.

The Champions League last 16 has not been kind to Premier League teams so far, with Tottenham and Chelsea slipping to 1-0 defeats away from home against AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund respectively before Real Madrid hammered Liverpool 5-2 at Anfield last night.

Leipzig lie fifth in the Bundesliga table under former Dortmund boss Marco Rose this season, but only four points shy of top spot, and this first leg could be highly competitive.

Sporting News is following the match live and providing live score updates and commentary.

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RB Leipzig vs. Man City live score

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RB Leipzig vs. Man City live updates, highlights from the Champions League

10 mins from kickoff: The tussle between Erling Haaland and standout Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol could decide the outcome tonight. Haaland scored six times in four appearances for Borussia Dortmund against the east German team. That haul was made up of three braces and is his joint-most goals against any single opponent.

30 mins from kickoff: If Christopher Nkunku does get on for Leipzig tonight, City will not need a reminder about the danger he poses. The France international netted a hat-trick at the Etihad Stadium when the hosts ran out 6-3 winners in an action-packed group encounter last season.

50 mins from kickoff: We’ve had our share of wacky Pep Guardiola teamsheets for European nights over recent years but that City team is, well, a bit… boring? That’s not necessary a bad idea away from home in a two-legged tie and it features the sort of purely defensive back four that plenty of fans have been crying out for over a run of one clean sheet in the past seven Premier League games. Also, in Kevin De Bruyne’s absence, Phil Foden starting in one of the attacking midfield positions would have been a more adventurous option. As it is, Guardiola has picked his four best fit defenders, his midfielders and wingers who cherish possession the most and Erling Haaland. That should ordinarily get the job done.

1hr 10 mins from kickoff: Here’s the City team. Do not rub your eyes or furrow your brow, Pep Guardiola appears to have picked an entirely conventional back four.

1hr 15 mins from kickoff: Here’s he Leipzig XI. Star man Christopher Nkunku, is fit enough to take a place on the bench.

1hr 25 mins from kickoff: Team news will be with us shortly and keep an eye on who plays in goal for Manchester City. Ederson has been Pep Guardiola’s No.1 for such occasions ever since signing from Benfica in 2017. However, the Brazil international has been below his best this season, with the Premier League champions conceding from their first shot on target in each of the past four matches. Understudy Stefan Ortega is back in his homeland, having excelled in the Bundesliga last term. The former Arminia Bielefeld keeper has generally impressed in cup competitions for City this season and played in the Champions League fixtures against Borussia Dortmund and Sevilla when progression from the group stage was already assured.

1hr 40 mins from kickoff: Not without good reason, plenty of commentators have spoken with deep foreboding over the prospect of the cash-rich Premier League dominating European football for years to come, increasing the spectre of the Super League that never really went away. However, the results on the pitch over the past week have not really aligned with any such doomsday scenario. Tottenham and Chelsea were unremarkable in 1-0 defeats to AC Milan and Borussia Dortmund before Real Madrid came from 2-0 down to clout Liverpool 5-2 at Anfield last night. Can Manchester City arrest a dismal run of form from England’s top flight?

2 hours from kickoff: Hello and welcome to The Sporting News’ live coverage of RB Leipzig vs. Manchester City in the last 16 of the Champions League.

RB Leipzig vs. Man City lineups

RB Leipzig coach Marco Rose has star forward Christopher Nkunku on the bench after the France international made his comeback against Wolfsburg at the weekend but then suffered a knock in training. Playmaker Dani Olmo is unavailable due to a thigh injury, and centre-back and PSG loanee Abdou Diallo is out with a knee problem.

RB Leipzig starting lineup (4-2-3-1): 21-Janis Blaswich (GK) — 16-Lukas Klostermann, 4-Willi Orban, 32-Josko Gvardiol, 22-David Raum — 27-Konrad Laimer,  24-Xaver Schlager — 17-Dominik Szboboszlai, 10-Emil Forsberg, 11-Timo Werner — 19-Andre Silva

RB Leipzig subs: 13-Orjan Nyland (GK), 23-Marcel Halstenberg, 2-Mohamed Simakan, 25-Sanoussy Ba, 39-Benjamin Henrichs, 8-Amadou Haidara, 44-Kevin Kampl, 18-Christopher Nkunku, 9-Yussuf Poulsen

Playmaker Kevin De Bruyne and defender Aymeric Laporte both stayed back in Manchester due to illness. John Stones is also out with a hamstring injury.

Man City starting XI (4-3-3): 31-Ederson (GK) — 2-Kyle Walker, 25-Manuel Akanji, 3-Ruben Dias, 6-Nathan Ake  — 20-Bernardo Silva, 16-Rodri, 8-Ilkay Gundogan — 26-Riyad Mahrez, 9-Erling Haaland, 10-Jack Grealish

Man City subs: 18-Stefan Ortega (GK), 33- Scott Carson (GK) 82-Rico Lewis, 21-Sergio Gomez, 4-Kalvin Phillips, 32-Maximo Perrone, 62-Shea Charles, 93-Alex Robertson, 47-Phil Foden, 80-Cole Palmer, 19-Julian Alvarez

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How to watch RB Leipzig vs. Man City

 TV channelStreaming
AustraliaStan Sport
Hong KongbeIN Sports 3beIN Sports Connect
IndiaSony TEN 2Sony LIV, JioTV
MalaysiabeIN Sports 3

beIN Sports Connect, sooka

New ZealandSpark Sport
SingaporebeIN Sports 3beIN Sports Connect, StarHub TV
UKBT Sport 1, BT Sport UltimateBT Sport app/site
USACBS, UniMas, TUDNfuboTV, Paramount+,

Australia: Fans can watch every match of the UEFA Champions League with all the action streaming ad-free, live and on demand on Stan Sport.

Canada: Every Champions League match in Canada can be streamed exclusively on DAZN

UK: The UEFA Champions League is carried by BT Sport’s TV and streaming platforms.

USA: Fans in the USA can watch the RB Leipzig vs. Man City match in English (CBS and Paramount+) and Spanish (UniMas, TUDN, and ViX+).

When matches are televised on CBS or Univision TV outlets, those same channels are streamed on fuboTV, which is available on a free trial for new users.