Manchester City (England, hereinafter Man City) and Leipzig (Germany) traded one goal each in the first match of the round of 16 of the European Football Federation (UEFA) Champions League (UCL).
Man City and Leipzig drew 1-1 in the first leg of the 2022-2023 UCL Round of 16 held at the RB Arena in Leipzig, Germany on the 23rd (Korean time).
Man City, who finished runner-up in the 2020-2021 season is the best UCL record ever and reached the semi-finals last season, passed the group stage as No안전놀이터. 1 in Group G this season.
Leipzig, which had the best performance to advance to the semifinals in the 2019-2020 season, ranked second after Real Madrid (Spain) in Group F of this tournament and advanced to the round of 16 in two years.
The two teams will determine which team advances to the quarterfinals in the second match to be held in Manchester on the 15th of next month.
Jack Grealish, Elling Halan, and Riyad Mahrez spearheaded the attack, and Bernardo Silva, Ilkay Gundogan, and Rodri backed Manchester City to take the lead in the 27th minute of the first half.
Grealish, who won the ball without missing the passing mistake of the Leipzig defense, sent an infiltration pass, and Gundoan turned his back on the defense and exquisitely connected the ball with his heel. Upon receiving this, Mahrez shook the net with a left-footed shot.
Although the attacking team consisted of Timo Werner and Andre Silva, Leipzig, who had not tasted a goal in the first half, succeeded in counterattacking with an equalizing goal scored by the defenders in the 25th minute of the second half.
Center back Yoshko Gbardiol, who played a big role for Croatia at last year’s World Cup in Qatar, finished a cross from fullback Marcel Halstenberg from the left flank with a high-scoring header to give Leipzig an equalizer.
Manchester City’s goal scorer, who is leading the scorer with 26 goals in the English Premier League (EPL), was silent.
In this season’s UCL, Muhammad Salah (Liverpool) is the top scorer with 8 goals, while Hollan has scored 5 goals, which is tied for 4th.
Man City dominated the ball with 74% of the ball that day and recorded 12 total shots, twice as many as Leipzig, but only 3 effective shots.
In the first leg of the other round of 16, held at San Siro in Milan, Italy, the home side, Inter Milan, defeated Porto (Portugal) 1-0.
Inter Milan, who won the European Cup three times (1964, 1965, 2010) and advanced to the round of 16 for the last two years in a row, had an advantage in reaching the quarterfinals thanks to Romelu Lukaku’s final shot in the 41st minute of the second half. preoccupied
Lukaku tried to receive a cross from the right side with his head in front of the goalpost, but when it came out, he hit it again with his left foot to score the goal.
Porto, which has won the championship twice (1987, 2004), suffered a goalless defeat amid bad news in the 33rd minute of the second half when midfielder Ottabiu was sent off, increasing the burden of the second home match on the 15th of next month.