PSG 1 Man City 2 LIVE REACTION: Pep's men on cusp of Champions League final after De Bruyne and Mahrez inspire fightback

PSG 1 Man City 2 LIVE REACTION: Pep's men on cusp of Champions League final after De Bruyne and Mahrez inspire fightback

April 28, 2021

MANCHESTER CITY have one foot in the Champions League final after staging a brilliant fightback to stun PSG in Paris.

Trailing 1-0 at the break after Marquinhos' bullet header, Pep Guardiola's men came out in inspired form to turn the tie on its head.

  • Final score: PSG 1-2 Man City
  • Goalscorers: Marquinhos 15'; De Bruyne 64', Mahrez 71'.
  • Red cards: Gueye 77'

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  • Joshua Mbu

    DE BRUYNE's THOUGHTS

    Goal-scorer and Man City captain De Bruyne told BT Sport: "It was a game of two halves.

    "We started well in the first ten minutes and had some control but they are an unbelievable team with great quality upfront.

    "It was a shame the way we conceded. After 25 minutes we changed our press and it became better, and the second half was much, much better.

    "The way the first goal goes in was a bit lucky but we played football and yeah, we did well there.

    "The first half we were too rushed, and that’s not the way we are set up as a team.

    "In the second half, we tried to find the spaces more patiently. The progression we made as a team was good.

    "There is still a game to go, and we have to concentrate on that.

    "We know there are moments when we will suffer, we know how good they are, but we know we have the quality to play good in the second game.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SECOND HALF CITY STORM

    De Bruyne equalised for Man City, catching Navas out at the far post who was expecting Stones to get a touch on the ball.

    Vital away goal.

    And then Mahrez stepped up and sent a free-kick through a small hole in the wall and into the bottom corner.

    Navas caught out for both goals, but can't be blamed for either.

  • Joshua Mbu

    FULL-TIME STATS

    Man City dominated the second half to give themselves a massive advantage heading into the second leg.

  • George Moore

  • Joshua Mbu

    FT: PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    Man City started the second half on the front foot and pinned last year's finalists, PSG, inside their own half.

    And City found themselves level with a slice of luck.

    A Man City corner was worked across the edge of PSG's penalty area to De Bruyne

    The Belgian shifted the ball onto his right foot and delivered what looked like a cross toward the far post, catching out Navas to draw City level.

    PSG looked a different team to the team that played so well in the first half.

    And Parades conceded a sloppy free-kick in the 71st minute.

    De Bruyne shaped up to shoot, but left it to Mahrez who bent the free-kick through the wall and into the bottom-left corner.

    PSG lost all composure, and minutes later, Gueye was sent off for a reckless challenge on Gundogan.

    Still all to play for in the second leg next Tuesday, but Man City have a massive, massive, two away goal advantage.

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Joshua Mbu

    PEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP!!!

    THE REFEREE BLOWS THE FULL-TIME WHISTLE!!!

    GREAT WIN FOR MAN CITY!!!

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    90+4. The ball breaks to De Bruyne on the edge of PSG's penalty area and the Man City captain shapes up to shoot on his left foot.

    De Bruyne sends a first-time shot towards goal, but his effort takes a slight deflection off Herrera and goes behind for a City corner.

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    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    90+2. Man City are closing on in a big, big victory.

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    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    90. The fourth official holds his board up and there will be four additional minutes to be played.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    89. Danilo holds the ball up close to the byline and tries to win a corner-kick off Silva.

    But the last touch comes off the Parisian and it's a goal-kick.

  • George Moore

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    87. CHANCE!

    Foden turns and gets the beating of Danilo before driving into PSG's penalty area.

    The England international gets a shot off with the outside of his boot but Navas saves!

    Brilliant play….. deserved a goal.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    85. YELLOW CARD!

    De Bruyne catches Danilo late and he's booked after some pressure from PSG's players.

    Neymar runs from afar to put his two pence in, as always.

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    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    82. SUBSTITUTION!

    Parades is off for Herrera. The Spaniard is familiar with the opposition from his time with Man Utd.

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  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    81. Rodri shows some good footwork to break into PSG's penalty area and hold off his marker.

    He does everything right, he gets to the byline and flashes a cross across the face of goal but no-one's there to tap home a third.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    79. SUBSTITUTION!

    Di Maria is pulled off for Danilo, a defensive-minded player.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    78. Gundogan is back up to his feet, but it's unclear whether he'll continue at the moment.

    In the meantime, PSG are preparing a substitution.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    76. RED CARD!

    It goes from bad to worse for PSG as Gueye is shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle on Gundogan!

    The German is down receiving treatment – he looks like he's in some serious pain.

    Horrendous challenge.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    73. YELLOW CARD!

    Neymar follows through the back of Dias and he's booked as a result.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-2 MAN CITY

    71. De Bruyne shapes up to shoot but leaves it to Mahrez.

    And the left-footer curls the ball through the wall (somehow) and into the bottom left corner!

    Man City are in dreamland! What a second half of football!

    Whatever Guardiola said at half-time has worked, clearly! Two HUGE away goals heading into next week's second leg at the Etihad!

  • Joshua Mbu

    GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!!

    UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    MAHREZ SCORES FOR MAN CITY!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-1 MAN CITY

    69. YELLOW CARD!

    Parades is booked for kicking the ball away after conceding a sloppy free-kick.

    Man City have a set-piece in a dangerous area….. time for some more De Bruyne magic?

    A slice of luck brought Man City back on level termsCredit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-1 MAN CITY

    66. WOW!

    Man City have been absolutely phenomenal in the second half, PSG haven't got near them!

    And Guardiola's men have a MASSIVE away goal in this Champions League semi-final tie!

    PSG were the better side in the opening 45 minutes, but Pep's clearly put a rocket up his team during the half-time team talk.

  • Joshua Mbu

    PSG 1-1 MAN CITY

    64. Man City's corner is worked across the edge of PSG's penalty area to De Bruyne.

    The City captain shifts the ball onto his right foot and bends what looks like a cross into the far corner!

    Navas is beaten and caught out at his far post!

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