One of the most entertaining ties of the tournament saw Manchester City and RB Leipzig kick off their UCL campaigns in some style. It was a goal-fest at the Etihad with nine goals, a hat-trick, and a red card.
With PSG and Club Brugge the other teams in the group, both sides were after some big points to get their tournament off on the right foot. Two early goals, one from Nathan Ake and an own goal from Nordi Mukiele, put City 2-0 up inside 28 minutes and the game looked as though it was going to be one-way traffic.
Leipzig did respond, with Christopher Nkunku grabbing his first of the game just before half time. There was even still time for another, with Riyad Mahrez’s stoppage-time penalty seeing the sides go in with a 3-1 the scoreline.
Leipzig struck first in the second half, Nkunku finding the net again, before Jack Grealish marked his Champions League debut with a goal. Nkunku completed his hat-trick in the 73rd minute and you might have thought that the German outfit were on course to snatch something from the game.
However, those plans were scuppered when a red card for former City defender Angelino left Leipzig a man down with just over ten minutes left to play. Pep Guardiola’s side took full advantage, with Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus sealing City’s emphatic win late on.
It's not often that a player scores a hat-trick and still ends up on the losing team. That emphasised just how wild this game was.