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  • Guardiola satisfied with 'incredible' group stage performance despite Leipzig defeat Guardiola satisfied with 'incredible' group stage performance despite Leipzig defeat

    Pep Guardiola insisted he was more than satisfied with Manchester City's work in the Champions League group stages despite a 2-1 defeat to RB Leipzig.

    City travelled to the Red Bull Arena on Tuesday on the back of a 14-game unbeaten run against German opposition in the competition but fell behind to Dominik Szoboszlai's first-half strike.

    Andre Silva then doubled the hosts' advantage before Riyad Mahrez pulled a goal back for the visitors, who were hampered by the late dismissal of Kyle Walker for a reckless challenge on Leipzig's second scorer.

    Guardiola's side were unable to mount a late comeback, though their place at the top of Group A was already confirmed before the final matchday.

    City failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their six group stage games and have only recorded one shutout in their past 11 European outings, but Guardiola was pleased with his team's work.

    "In the first half we lacked rhythm, we had problems connecting and they have a really good team – we knew from before the group stage," Guardiola told reporters.

    "The second half was much better but unfortunately we made one or two mistakes and they punished us. 

    "We played better in the second half. We were more aggressive, we played to win the game and we lost. Congratulations to Leipzig.

    "We made an incredible group stage, we qualified with one game left from a tough group, so I am more than satisfied with the performance in every single game and in February hopefully we can arrive in the best condition possible."

    Alongside Walker's needless dismissal, Guardiola also left Leipzig with two injury concerns, with Phil Foden – who became the youngest Englishman to reach 30 Champions League appearances – and Nathan Ake suffering knocks.

    "Phil [Foden] had problems in the beginning with his ankle, as a precaution I decided to play Raheem [Sterling] in his position," he continued.

    "Nathan [Ake] has a back problem, we'll see tomorrow [Wednesday]."

    Premier League leaders City return to domestic action at home to Wolves on Saturday as they look to return to winning ways.

  • Haller matches Ronaldo and beats Haaland record with latest Champions League strike Haller matches Ronaldo and beats Haaland record with latest Champions League strike

    Sebastien Haller broke a Champions League record held by Erling Haaland when he gave Ajax the lead against Sporting CP on Tuesday, matching another feat previously only ever achieved by Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The Ivory Coast international, who joined in January from West Ham, had difficulty in coming about goals during an 18-month Premier League stint.

    His Champions League form has been stellar, though, and the penalty he converted against Sporting was his 10th goal of this season's group stage.

    It made him the quickest player to reach double figures in a Champions League career, doing so in just six games. Norwegian star Haaland previously held that record, having got there in seven appearances.

    Haller also became the first player to score in each of his opening six games in the competition.

    Cristiano Ronaldo was already a Champions League veteran when he scored in all six of Real Madrid's 2017-18 group games. That made Ronaldo the first player to have netted in all of his team's matches at that stage of the competition in a single season.

    Haller has now become the second man to achieve that feat, with the 27-year-old's eighth-minute spot-kick coming after he was fouled by Daniel Braganca.

    It gave Ajax a 1-0 lead, but they were soon pegged back to 1-1 as Nuno Santos replied in the 22nd minute for Sporting. Antony restored Ajax's lead before half-time.

    Ajax were already assured of winning Group C coming into the final game of the opening stage, with Sporting assured of finishing as runners-up.

  • Real Madrid become first club to score 1,000 goals among Europe's elite Real Madrid become first club to score 1,000 goals among Europe's elite

    Toni Kroos scored Real Madrid's 1,000th Champions League/European Cup goal during their final Group D match against Inter.

    The Germany international put the 13-time winners ahead in the 17th minute at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    Receiving the ball from Rodrygo 25 yards from goal, Kroos took a touch before drilling a beautiful left-footed strike beyond the reach of Samir Handanovic.

    The wonderful effort saw Madrid become the first club to reach four figures in European Cup and Champions League matches (excluding qualifiers).

     

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