Well, Joško Gvardiol and RB Leipzig didn’t pull off the upset we were all rooting for Wednesday night. Instead, they were absolutely embarrassed by Erling Haaland’s five goals in a 7-0 Champions League loss to Manchester City.
Gvardiol played the full 90 minutes but was only semi-responsible for one of the seven City goals. He did not box out Haaland on goal #2. KDB rattled a shot off the crossbar and the ball bounced directly back towards the penalty spot. If Gvardiol would have hustled on the play, he would have surely cleared the ball. Instead, Haaland raced to the spot for an easy header to make it 2-0.
Gvardiol was given the minimum grade of 1/10 from 90min.com: “On the day he was being touted as ‘The Haaland of centre-backs’, Gvardiol looked nowhere near the Norwegian’s level.” That’s a bit harsh as Gvardiol did stop Haaland on a few occasions. If it wasn’t for him, Haaland could have scored 10. FOTMOB was more generous and gave Gvardiol a 4.5. Nonetheless, a day he and the entire RB Leipzig team will want to forget as soon as possible.
**Side note: The game ended 7-0 in a complete blowout. However, the first City goal was given off a bogus handball in the box for a penalty. What is the defender supposed to do with his back to the ball? And Ederson’s 1st half foul on Werner wasn’t a yellow card? Possibly even a red. Both of these plays shaped the match no matter how you look at it. Seems like City got some help on the night. But are we surprised?