Manchester City had to settle for 1-1 Champions League to draw RB Leipzig because their dominance in the first half was wasted.

Just like Saturday’s Premier League draw at Nottingham Forest, City could have disappeared after the game. Riyadh Mahrez gave them an edge in the 27th minute in this last 16 first leg draw.

But Pep Guardiola’s team failed to count the ball possession and pressure once again, and after 20 minutes Josko Gvardiol’s equalizer reminded once again that luck had to be tried.

Erling Haland Jack Grealish And Ilkay Gundogan they all had openings to punish the hosts who were there to get an embarrassingly one-sided halftime.

However, former Borussia Dortmund striker Haaland struggled to make an impact on his return to Germany and only touched the ball seven times in the first period.

Disease prevented Kevin DeBruyne And Aymeric Laporte While traveling to Germany, Phil Foden Forest fell into the bench after the draw.

Mahrez, Manual Akanji And Nathan Ake Leipzig promoted under Chelsea Christopher Nkunku on the bench after a recent ankle injury. Chelsea’s former forward Timo Werner He managed the Leipzig line.

City had lost just one of their 17 Champions League games against a German opponent – a dead tire group loss in Leipzig last season – and started off confidently, enjoying long periods of possession.

Kyle Walker served as a right winger rather than a right-back as the home team, who finished fifth in the Bundesliga and was defeated only once in 20 games, struggled to get out of his own court.

Leipzig must be dizzy Ruben Dias Goalkeeper Janis faced a Mahrez corner kick at Blaswich and Rodri rifled from 20 yards away.

A City goal was supposed to arrive, but when it did, it was Leipzig’s own handiwork. Xaver Schlager made a careless pass and Grealish, who had been on the left wing several times before to good effect, was suddenly on the court and on the free ball.

Grealish directed his pass to the edge of the penalty area where it passed between Gundogan’s legs and Mahrez went home magnificently – the Algerian’s 16th Champions League goal for City.

Things could only get worse for Leipzig as the impressive Bernardo Silva sets up Grealish and then Rodri heads out of a corner.

city ​​keeper Ederson He finally took action in the added time to make a routine stop from Werner in the first half, but that attempt wouldn’t count anyway, as the assistant’s flag was raised.

Leipzig was brighter after the restart but was almost punished when Ake pinched the ball from Dominik Szoboszlai.

Gundogan reached the sideline and found Mahrez, but this time his effort was thwarted.

Leipzig had sent Benjamin Henrichs in the range and the fullback turned down two chances to equalize, first taking the lead before completely unmarked 14 yards from side to side.

Werner was also left unchecked for a throw away by diver Ederson, and City’s growing anxiety was reflected when Guardiola rose from his bunker seat to give instructions.

Ederson quickly crossed the line to reject Andre Silva, as Leipzig felt there might be a way to get back into the competition.

Nkunku joined the fight with 25 minutes left, but Haaland instantly threatened at the other end, the Norwegian’s eroded finish unable to keep up with the pace that took him past Gvardiol.

Szoboszlai tested Ederson from afar, but Leipzig equalized as Gvardiol headed home to Marcel Halstenberg midway.

City insisted the Croatian centre-back fouled Dias, but these allegations were dismissed.

Another delayed penalty appeal – when Henrichs appeared to be handling it – was ignored to delicately balance the return leg at the Etihad Stadium.