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RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United: result, summary and goals

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group H - RB Leipzig v Manchester United - Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - December 8, 2020 RB Leipzig's Justin Kluivert celebrates scoring their third goal with Yussuf Poulsen Pool via REUTERS/Odd Andersen

RB Leipzig 3-2 Manchester United: Champions League as it happened

PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir suspended over racist comments from fourth official

Champions League

PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir suspended over racist comments from fourth official

That's all from me - thanks for reading

I'll leave you with our full report on the suspension of PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir, after an alleged racist slur directed by the fourth official at the Turkish team's assistant coach:


Peep peep peeep! It's all over in Germany! Manchester United threatened to pull off a stunning late comeback, but Leipzig hold on and are through to the last 16 at the expense of their visitors.

United go into the Europa League, and only have themselves to blame - you can't give teams two-goal headstarts and expect to get anything from the match.

As for Leipzig, they'll have to wait for the outcome of the suspended PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir clash to find out whether they qualify as group winners or as runners-up.

PSG have the better head-to-head record, so if the Parisians beat Istanbul they'll finish level on points with Leipzig and take top spot.


Final throw-in for United. Fernandes gives it to Pogba, who turns excellently and pings the ball low towards the near post, where Konaté is so close to turning it into his own net! He has a fine Gulácsi stop to thank for the fact that he didn't.


Four minutes of time added on. Solskjaer initially thinks it's going to be six, and looks less than impressed when he learns his side have rather less than that to grab an all-important equaliser.


Two shooting chances for United. First, McTominay blazes over when well-placed on the egde of the Leipzig box, before a minute or so later the Red Devils work it to Rashford in space just inside the area, but the forward can only drag a weak effort straight at Gulácsi.


What a let-off for Pogba. Receiving a throw-in deep in his half, he tries to play it first-time round the corner, but succeeds only in finding Nkunku in space to advance towards the United box.

Much to the Frenchman's relief, though, Nkunku makes the wrong decision, playing it to an offside Kluivert, and the chance is lost.


Hello... What's happening here!? United get another one back!

Fernandes swings a left-wing corner over to the back post, where Pogba rises highest to head into the corner, via a touch off Maguire!

Leipzig claim the ball hit Maguire's hand on the way in, but after a VAR check the goal stands.

What a final few minutes we've got in store!


Fernandes takes, and Fernandes scores! Sends Gulácsi the wrong way.

United need two more in 10 minutes to save themselves.


Penalty to United! Konaté is adjudged to have brought down Greenwood in the box, and the visitors have the chance to pull one back.


Lindelöf is the latest player to pick up a yellow card, in what is his final involvement.

Both the Swede and Wan-Bissaka come off for Tuanzebe and Fosu-Mensah.


Leipzig bring off Kevin Kampl for Tyler Adams.


Greenwood pirouettes on the left-hand side of the box and fires low towards Gulácsi's far post, forcing a smart stop from the goalkeeper.

Moments later, Fernandes draws another decent save from Gulácsi with a shot that was heading into the top corner.

Barring an incredible late comeback, United are going into the Europa League. Leipzig will take their place in the last 16, but we'll have to wait for PSG vs Istanbul to find out whether that's as group winners or not.


Justin Kluivert makes it three to Leipzig!

Angeliño is again involved, sending in a cross that somehow bounces all the way through to Kluivert, who is in yards of space to dink it over De Gea!

United have been guilty of ropey, ropey defending for all three goals.


Off the bar! That's the closest United have come. The Red Devils win a free-kick just outside the box, which Fernandes bends over the wall and towards Gulácsi's right-hand top corner. However, the ball just doesn't quite come down quick enough and it thunders back off the woodwork!

And up the other end...


Now Fernandes lets fly from a similar position, forcing Gulácsi to scramble across his goal to save.


United have somewhat lost the forward momentum they had established early in the second 45, but that's better from Rashford, who sees one attempted shot blocked before having another bite at the cherry, and sending his strike a yard or so wide.


And now Kluivert himself is fouled, an offence that sees Maguire go into Mateu Lahoz's notebook.


Nkunku looks to weave his way into shooting space in the United box, but Lindelöf stands up well to get in a crucial block.

Kluivert is then booked for dragging back Fernandes as the midfielder brings it clear.


United also make a double change, Paul Pogba and Brandon Williams replacing Nemanja Matic and Luke Shaw.


The two Leipzig subs almost combine to create an opening right away, Kluivert slipping a low ball into the box that very nearly finds Poulsen.

In Paris, it appears that the PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir is not going to get back underway tonight.


Leipzig make a double substitution, Yussuf Poulsen and Justin Kluivert replacing Dani Olmo and Emil Forsberg.


There's a chance for Maguire... but he can't get his head on it at the back post! Fernandes swings in another free-kick from the right, and this time it's a better ball. It flashes across the face of goal and just evades Maguire, who can't get there quick enough - and would have had a simple header into an empty net.


United get another chance to send in a set-piece delivery, as Bruno Fernandes stands over a free-kick wide on the right. His ball doesn't beat the first man, though.

However, the visitors win it right back and force a corner, which Konaté heads clear.

United knocking on the door, albeit without creating anything clear cut.


Rashford looks to find Van de Beek in the box with a first time pass with his back to goal, but his ball is cut out by a white shirt.

United then earn not one, but two corners, which are sent in towards the head of Harry Maguire - but Leipzig clear.

United on top in the opening moments of this second 45.

Manchester United have made a half-time substitution, introducing Donny van de Beek in place of Alex Telles.

Peeeep! We're back up and running in Leipzig.

Play suspended at PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir over racist comments from fourth official

Champions League

Play suspended at PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir over racist comments from fourth official

PSG vs Istanbul Basaksehir suspension: two teams agreed to walk off

One point I should correct from my previous reporting of the incident is that it wasn't just Istanbul's decision to walk off, but rather both sides seem to have agreed to leave the field.

The match was due to get back underway at 22:00 CET, but Istanbul are yet to re-emerge from the dressing room.

You'll find full reporting on the PSG vs Istanbul suspension here:


Peeep peeep peeep! RB Leipzig go in for the break two to the good and through as things stand, after blowing Manchester United away in the first 15 minutes or so.

United began to get a foothold on the game as the half progressed, but they're going to have to do more than just that if they're to make it to the last 16. They have 45 minutes to find at least two goals.


Nkunku pings over far-post a corner, which is cleared only as far as Sabitzer - but he lashes his volley well over the bar.

There'll be two minutes of time added on.


Shaw is the latest man to see yellow after being penalised for a foul on Konaté. The booking appears to have been for the United defender's protests over the decision, which replays show was indeed incorrect. He clearly got the ball.

Istanbul walk off in Paris after racist slur - reports

It is being reported that Istanbul Basaksehir's players walked off over an alleged racist insult directed by the fourth official at the Turks' assistant coach.


There's another threatening attack by United, who get Rashford running at a trio of Leipzig defenders - but the forward treads on the ball, allowing Orban to hack it clear.


It's been a more encouraging couple of minutes for United, who have forced Leipzig to scramble clear one free-kick delivery from the left, and have now seen Greenwood go close.

Telles gets to the byline and crosses low to the near post, where Orban gets himself in a muddle and leaves the ball at the feet of Greenwood, but the young England international's shot is deflected wide.

Maguire gets his head on the resulting corner, but the whistle blows for a foul by McTominay.


Sabitzer is booked for a foul on McTominay. Haidara also went into the book a few moments ago, I neglected to tell you.


There's a shooting chance for Rashford in the box... but his effort is blocked!

By the way, there are dramatic scenes over in Paris, where PSG's clash with Istanbul Basaksehir has been suspended after the Turkish side's players walked off, apparently over something said by the fourth official.


Er... it's not looking like it at the moment. They've just come THIS close to going 3-0 down.

Konaté heads against the post and, when the ball bounces across the face of goal, Orban taps in from centimetres out - but a VAR check rules that the Hungarian was offside.

United are being overrun.

Can United channel the spirit of Turin?

As football stats specialists Opta point out, United have only found themselves 2-0 down earlier in a Champions League match once before - in their semi-final second leg against Juventus in 1999. 

Can they repeat that famous comeback?


United win a free-kick on the edge of the box, in a promising position for Fernandes to strike. Can the Portuguese bring Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men back into it?

No. He hits his effort into the wall. He then lifts the loose ball towards Maguire at the back post - but the defender can't get there first and it's turned behind.  

From the corner, Greenwood heads Telles' delivery over.


Crikey. It really should be three to Leipzig.

United just can't get a handle on Angeliño, who advances down the left before firing a ball into the box that finds Forsberg in space to shoot from 12 yards... and the visitors breathe a huge sigh of relief when the Swede sends his strike wide!

United heading into Europa League as it stands

Manchester United came into this clash having lost their previous two away Champions League matches against Bundesliga opposition - to Bayern in April 2014 and VfL Wolfsburg in December 2015 - and are well on their way to completing an unwanted hat-trick.

As things stand, RB Leipzig are going through as group winners, PSG are finishing second and United are heading for the Europa League.



2-0 to Leipzig! United are having an absolute 'mare.

Again it's extremely questionable defending from the Red Devils. Having scored the first goal, Angeliño turns provider for Haidara, lifting over a left-wing cross to the back post, where the Malian midfielder has time and space to volley in past De Gea!

Where was the marking?


Ooh, Greenwood should do better. United mount their first attack of any substance, and suddenly Greenwood is running at a backpedalling Orban and breezing into the box - but with space to pick his spot, he shoots too close to Gulácsi! That could so easily have been 1-1.


Blimey, having already allowed Angeliño to rampage into shooting space once already, United do so again... and are thankful to see the Spaniard scuff his effort straight at De Gea.


Bruno Fernandes is the first man into Señor Mateu Lahoz's book for some back chat. 

It's all Leipzig ball. The Germans look full of confidence. United haven't got going.


And Leipzig take the lead with their first attack! Angeliño gives the hosts the perfect start, and the defending from United was ropey in the extreme.

Sabitzer picks the ball up in the right-hand channel and swings a ball towards the back of the box, where Angeliño arrives with all the time in the world to utterly leather it in across De Gea.

Dodgy defending, yes; but you'll be hard-pushed to find a more clinical finish.

Peeep! We're underway in Germany.

Ready to go!

The teams are out at Red Bull Arena. Anthem: check! Handshakes: check! Coin toss: check! It's game time!

Tonight's referee is Spain's Antonio Matehu Lahoz.


Rashford chasing place in history books

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford has six goals so far in the Champions League this season, and will be the first Englishman ever to score seven times in the tournament's group stage if he finds the net tonight.

Three of those six strikes came in United's 5-0 thrashing of Leipzig in the sides' opening meeting in Group H in October, of course.

(Photo: Pool via REUTERS/Annegret Hilse)


What the coaches said: Julian Nagelsmann, RB Leipzig

On Leipzig's heavy defeat at Old Trafford:

"We’ve learned from the first match. It definitely showed us that we need a different attacking approach. United are very strong at the back, they don’t let you play in crosses or create chances. We need to show more variety, move more, get behind the defence."

United turnarounds:

“They have recently shown that they’re good at comebacks, so the match won’t be over until it’s over. We want to get through to the knockouts. We have to fight until the end to get the three points."

(Photo: Pool via REUTERS/Alexander Hassenstein)

What the coaches said: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United

On United's 5-0 win over Leipzig on matchday two:

"You can’t ignore it. We remember it fondly, because we did many things right. We have prepared well and we know Leipzig well enough to know they are unpredictable.”

On tonight’s make-or-break clash:

“Knockout games, or games like this, they are big. The players are here. They are United players because they have the qualities which we look for. These are the games we look forward to."


What do Manchester United need to go through?

United just need to avoid defeat to book their spot in the knockouts, and will go through as group winners if they avoid defeat and PSG do not win tonight.

(Pool via REUTERS/Odd Andersen)

What do RB Leipzig need to go through?

Leipzig will qualify for the last 16 if they beat United, or if the match ends in a draw and PSG lose to Istanbul Basaksehir.

Nagelsmann’s men can also top group, but only if they win tonight and PSG fail to beat Istanbul.

Raiola: Pogba's time at United "over"

In case you missed it, Raiola has told Tuttosport - with an impeccable sense of timing, given it came on the eve of a season-defining match - that Pogba is unhappy at United and wants out.

"I can say that Pogba's stage at United is over," Raiola said.

You can read more on that here.


Pogba on bench for United, De Gea returns in goal

Meanwhile, Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer makes five changes to the side that beat West Ham. Goalkeeper David de Gea returns from injury, while Luke Shaw, Nemanja Matic, Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford all also come into the XI.

Fresh from agent Mino Raiola telling an interview in the Italian media that he wants to leave Old Trafford, Paul Pogba drops to the bench. Edinson Cavani and Anthony Martial both miss out after picking up injuries against the Hammers.

Three changes for RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann makes three changes to the team that started the weekend Bundesliga draw with Bayern Munich, bringing Vilmos Orban, Kevin Kampl and Dani Olmo into the side.

Orban deputises for the highly-rated defender Dayot Upamecano, who is suspended.


Manchester United team news

Starting line-up: De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Lindelöf, Maguire, Shaw, Matic, McTominay, Fernandes, Greenwood, Telles, Rashford

Substitutes: Henderson, Grant, Bailly, Fosu-Mensah, Tuanzebe, Williams, James, Lingard, Mata, Pogba, Van de Beek, Ighalo

RB Leipzig team news

Starting line-up: Gulácsi, Mukiele, Konaté, Orban, Angeliño, Kampl, Haidara, Sabitzer, Olmo, Forsberg, Nkunku

Substitutes: Tschauner, Martínez, Poulsen, Adams, Sorloth, Kluivert, Halstenberg, Martel, Wosz

Group H

RB Leipzig vs Manchester United: good evening!

Welcome to our live coverage of what is the crunchest of Champions League clashes in Germany, as RB Leipzig host Manchester United on matchday six of an oh-so tight Group H.

United go into tonight’s match at Red Bull Arena top of the group - but are level on nine points with both Leipzig and Paris Saint-Germain, and only lead the way by virtue of... alphabetical order.

That's because head-to-head record is the first tie-breaker used to separate two or more teams tied on points in the Champions League, but that doesn't come into play until the sides involved have all played each other twice

In this evening’s other Group H fixture, second-placed PSG host already-out Istanbul Basaksehir and their better head-to-head record over United means that whatever happens in Leipzig, the Parisians will secure qualification for the last 16 with just a point. 

It therefore looks rather likely that just one of Leipzig and United will end the evening in the knockout stages.

(Image: UEFA)


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