RB Leipzig 2 Man City 1: Walker sent off for petulant swipe as strong City side humbled in Germany despite Mahrez strike

KYLE WALKER lost his cool and saw red as Manchester City’s group campaign ended with a bad-tempered defeat.

The England defender was sent off for needlessly kicking out at goalscorer Andre Silva in the last few minutes of this dead rubber.

City’s seven-match winning streak came to an end – but more importantly, they will be without Walker for their first knock-out game in February.

And it seemed so unnecessary as the English side already knew they were finishing top of their group.

The home side – who sacked coach Jesse Marsch at the weekend – were looking to nail down third spot to secure Europa League football in the New Year.

So they might have been surprised by the strength of the team selected by Pep Guardiola – considering City were already guaranteed the No1 spot.

The home side had the first attempt of the night as Konrad Laimer’s low shot from a narrow angle was smartly turned round the post by Zack Steffen.

Kevin De Bruyne – starting his first game since being struck down by Covid last month – steered a shot over the angle after a knock down by Riyad Mahrez.

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Then KDB linked up with Phil Foden to tee up record-signing Jack Grealish – but the England ace saw his effort deflected over.

Leipzig made of their reprieve to take the lead midway through the first half – as Laimer’s brilliant pass with the outside of his foot saw Dominik Szoboszla race clear.

He went round Steffen and scored expertly and a VAR check confirmed he had timed his run to perfection and was onside.

It meant the English champs have conceded in all six of their group games this term – which is most unlike them.

City were lacking their usual intensity and were lucky not to fall further behind when Steffen reacted superbly to keep out Andre Silva’s header.

At least Guardiola’s men finished the half strongly with former Liverpool keeper Peter Gulacsi tipping Foden’s low shot on to the post – then pushing away a De Bruyne free-kick.

Guardiola threw on Raheem Sterling for Foden at the break but City could not make many clear-cut chances.

And it was the home side who showed them how it should be done as John Stones gave the ball away to Emil Forsberg.

The Swedish international squared to Silva who finished emphatically past Steffen with a low drive.

That seemed to finally spark City into life and they felt they could have had a penalty when Sterling was bundled over in the box.

There was nothing doing there but they were back in the game when Oleks Zinchenko’s wicked cross from the left was headed home by Mahrez.

That’s nine goals in his last ten European games for the Algerian – who seems to love playing in this competition.

But Walker’s red mist moment hit City’s hopes of a comeback – and Leipzig were good value for their victory.

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