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Man City, Guardiola and Nkunku hit milestones

Champions League: Man City, Guardiola and Nkunku hit milestones in nine-goal thriller

September 15, 2021 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The clash between Manchester City and RB Leipzig ended up becoming a high-scoring affair with a number records being set in the process.

Manchester City, Pep Guardiola and RB Leipzig's Christopher Nkunku all entered the history books for their respective involvement in Wednesday night's classic Champions League clash at Etihad. The Citizens came out with all guns blazing to secure an emphatic 6-3 victory over their counterparts from Germany in what was a pulsating Group A encounter. 

The ball was set rolling for the massacre after Nathan Ake scored his first-ever Champions League goal with a thumping header, thanks to Jack Grealish's assist in the 16th minute. 12 minutes later, Nordi Mukiele scored an own-goal to double City's advantage before assisting Christopher Nkunku to score Leipzig's first goal of their European campaign this season. Nevertheless, the prospect of a comeback was immediately dashed after the match referee awarded a penalty in favor of the host following Klostermann's foul on Ferran Torres on the stroke of half-time. The chance was subsequently converted by Riyad Mahrez. 

A spirited start to the second half proved to be rewarding for the visitors as, once again, Christopher Nkunku will get on the scoresheet to reduce the goal deficit to just one in the 51st minute. Five minutes later Jack Grealish restored the margin once more with a fine finish before Nkunku completed his hat-trick with a 73rd minute strike. As per the records, the Frenchman is the first player to have ever scored a Champions League hat-trick for RB Leipzig and the second player to ever do it against Manchester City.

For the Citizens, Joao Cancelo and Gabriel Jesus ensured that they had very little to worry about by scoring the fifth and sixth goals in the 75th and 85th minute respectively. In-between the double, former left-back of last season's Champions League finalists Angelino picked up a second booking and was sent off as a result. With the win, the Manchester club became the first fastest English club to reach 50 wins in the Champions League and the second-fast in Europe to do so in what was Pep Guardiola's 300th game in charge of the club.

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