RB Leipzig and Manchester City will head into the 2nd leg of their round of 16 UEFA Champions League (UCL) tie all square following a 1-1 draw at the Red Bull Arena.
After losing only one of their last 17 UCL matches against German opposition, incidentally coming against Leipzig in December 2021, Manchester City began the contest as the likelier to score the game’s opening goal as Rúben Dias headed straight at Janis Blaswich.
Having already tasted victory over defending UCL champions Real Madrid at the Red Bull Arena in the group stages of this season’s competition, Leipzig struggled to pose a threat in the final third, as Ederson remained an observant but alert figure in the City goal.
Showing no ill effects of losing their position at the top of the Premier League standings following a 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest, City’s dominance paid dividends in the 27th minute, as Jack Grealish seized upon Xaver Schlager’s mistimed pass before setting up İlkay Gündogan to slot in Riyad Mahrez to fire beyond Blaswich.
Pursuing a second goal before the HT interval, an inspired Grealish wasted a golden opportunity as the England international fired over the bar from the edge of the area.
A draw in Germany sets up the second leg in Manchester nicely, as Leipzig extend their H2H European record against Premier League clubs to four matches unbeaten.