PSG were founded in 1970 while Wednesday night’s opponents, Manchester City, were founded in 1880. Despite so much history and the recent upturn in financial fortunes; these two clubs have never assumed the title of the best team in Europe.
When referee Felix Brych from Germany blows his whistle at 8 pm tonight, both will be thinking of making history in Istanbul next month but first, Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino will have to outwit each other.
The pitch will be full of world-class talents. Kylian Mbappe, Kevin De Bruyne, Neymar, and Phil Foden, to mention just a few.
It is time to journey towards the Promised Land
PSG: Navas; Florenzi, Marquinhos, Kimpembe, Bakker; Gueye, Paredes; Di Maria, Verratti, Neymar; Mbappe
Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; Gundogan, Rodri, Bernardo Silva; Mahrez, Foden, De Bruyne
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Kickoff is 8 pm
Game underway PSG vs Man City
Early free-kick for Man City as he ref blows his whistle after tackle om Mahrez from behind
An early chance for PSG off a swift counter-attack move but Neymar’s final effort was saved by the City goalkeeper
The home team dominating early proceedings …Ball possession: Paris Saint-Germain: 62%, Manchester City: 38%.
Man City are trying to create a chance of their own lkay Gundogan with a nice try but no hassles for PSG
City have grown into this game and now dominating the possession
Superb challenge from Paredes on Walker here – a proper sliding tackle –
Neymar’s shot takes a wicked deflection but the goalkeeper just reaches it and saves for a corner. Close save!
G O O O O A A A L Paris Saint-Germain take the lead against City
Marquinhos gives PSG lead….Angel Di Maria provided the assist for the goal.
A free-kick for City as Neymar trips Riyad Mahrez
20 Mins’ gone PSG 1-0 Man City
Bernardo Silva with a chance for City but the PSG keeper forces corner which has been taken promptly
Neymar tries to play a 1-2 with Alessandro Florenzi, but the ball is intercepted.
Big MISS: Leandro Daniel Paredes has a great opportunity to score but he headed wide
Yellow Card for Joao Cancelo
Mahrez heads towards the goal but sees his effort blocked.
Ball possession: Paris Saint-Germain: 47%, Manchester City: 53%.
PSG are winless in their previous three matches with Manchester City in European competition but they are leading 1-0 tonight
We are gradually approaching the halftime
Kyle Walker is penalised for pushing Angel Di Maria.
One minute added time
HT: PSG 1-0 Man City
PSG 1-0 Man. City: First Half Review
Second half underway
Neymar comes out with his left arm strapped up
No changes from either managers so far
Kevin De Bruyne tries to pick out a teammate in the area but his cross is blocked by an opponent.
Free kick as Kevin De Bruyne trips Angel Di Maria
A chance for Angel Di Maria but his header goes wide
Guardiola makes his first change as Joao Cancelo leaves the field to be replaced by Oleksandr Zinchenko.
G O O O O A A A L Manchester City get the equaliser!!!
A big goalkeeping error there …Kevin De Bruyne from Manchester City gets the credit for that goal
Manchester City take a throw-in at the right side of the pitch in their own half of the field
A silly yellow card for Leandro Daniel Paredes for dissent
G O O O O A A A L Manchester City score…. Riyad Mahrez makes it 2-1
The ball pierced through the PSG wall … well-taken free-kick by Mahrez
Neymar gets booked for a rash challenge …some very harsh play from both sides
Phil Foden sends a header towards goal, but Keylor Navas makes an easy save
RED CARD: Idrissa Gana Gueye charged Ilkay Gundogan from behind and he has been sent off
Looks like Ilkay Gundogan can continue the game
Angel di Maria has been taken off for Danilo
83 Minutes PSG 1-2 Man City
Another change for PSG as Leandro Daniel Paredes is replaced by Ander Herrera
Four minutes added time
Free kick for PSG after a foul on Marco Verratti
De Bruyne’ shot deflected off target
FT: PSG 1-2 Manchester City
JUST IN: PSG 1-2 Man. City: De Bruyne leads City to first leg advantage
In a tale of two halves, Manchester City dug deep to come back from being a goal down in the first half to beat PSG 2-1 in their first leg semi-final encounter at the Parc des Princes on Wednesday night.
Marquinhos gave the 2020 finalists the lead in the 15th minute, rising to head home a corner kick from Angel di Maria. PSG were sure-footed and pinned City to their half as they passed accurately while City chased shadows.
The second half saw City step at least 10 yards forward from the positions they took in the first half and that meant PSG lost their fluency and ability to pass accurately from the back as the City press ensured Pep Guardiola’s men took charge.
But it took until the 64t minute before they found their equaliser. And it came in an innocuous manner when Kevin De Bruyne’s floated cross evaded everyone including Keylor Navas.
City pressed further and a foul on the edge of the box gave Riyad Mahrez the opportunity to pierce the PSG wall and beat Navas for City’s second goal of the game. The red mist descended as Idrissa Gueye went dangerously into Ilkay Gundogan’s Achilles and was rightly shown a straight red card by German referee Felix Brych.
The match ended with City on top and in the box seat as they host the Parisians next week in Manchester, holding an excellent advantage of two away goals.
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