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Paris St-Germain 1-2 Man Metropolis: Kevin de Bruyne & Riyad Mahrez give Metropolis encourage in Champions League

Mahrez's winner was his second direct free-kick goal in the Champions League - his first coming for LeicesterManchester City produced a superb display to come from behind and take control of their Champions League semi-final with victory against Paris St-Germain in France.Pep Guardiola's side fought their way through a scintillating early PSG surge when they…

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Mahrez celebrates
Mahrez's winner became as soon as his 2d convey free-kick aim in the Champions League - his first coming for Leicester

Manchester Metropolis produced a in point of fact good speak to come from in the encourage of and remove regulate of their Champions League semi-closing with victory in opposition to Paris St-Germain in France.

Pep Guardiola's aspect fought their technique through a scintillating early PSG surge as soon as they fell in the encourage of to Marquinhos' header, glanced in from Angel di Maria's nook after 15 minutes, to dominate after the break and switch this first leg tie in Paris on its head.

Metropolis, who had threatened sooner than the break when Phil Foden missed a sizable likelihood, maintain been grand extra sure and got the reward they deserved after 64 minutes when Kevin de Bruyne's menacing gruesome averted all americans in the penalty space and drifted beyond immobile PSG keeper Kaylor Navas.

PSG, with Neymar fading and Kylian Mbappe subdued, maintain been used and Riyad Mahrez save Metropolis in a sizable speak to attain their first Champions League closing when his left-foot free-kick went through the wall to beat Navas seven minutes later.

And to total PSG's misery, aged Everton midfield man Idrissa Gueye became as soon as rightly confirmed a crimson card gradual on for a awful negate on Ilkay Gundogan.

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Man Metropolis's dream comes closer

Manchester Metropolis maintain craved triumph in the Champions League as confirmation they are a European superpower - and this intellectual speak brings that ambition closer than it has ever been sooner than.

The Premier League leaders had to suppose all their qualities sooner than in a roundabout blueprint overpowering their hosts, who ran out of steam after showing steady class in the first half of, with Neymar and Di Maria pulling the strings.

Ruben Dias and John Stones maintain been excellent as Metropolis held agency in the first half of, while after the break, as they showed elevated ambition, Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker carried steady attacking threat, and the company played with monumental maturity as they pinned PSG encourage of their discover half of.

Their threat grew throughout and it became as soon as no surprise when De Bruyne levelled then Mahrez save them ahead - indeed PSG ended so overwhelmed and disorganised they are going to almost truly feel grateful they perfect lost 2-1.

Metropolis's Champions League historic past is littered with disappointments in the latter stages of the tournament, on the total mired in tactical confusion or sick-success - no longer so here.

Those experiences mean they are going to remove nothing as a gradual when this awful PSG aspect come to Etihad Stadium in six days but Metropolis maintain never been in better shape to attain a Champions League closing.

PSG peaceful pose a threat - but Metropolis responsible

PSG showed in the first 45 minutes exactly why nothing can even be taken as a gradual by Metropolis. But aged Spurs supervisor Mauricio Pochettino will know his aspect are underdogs in the fight to face both Chelsea or Genuine Madrid in the final in Istanbul on 29 Would possibly perchance perchance perchance simply.

It took all of Metropolis's resolve and persona to scuttle out PSG's first-half of storm, with Neymar excellent and while Mbappe became as soon as an incredibly marginal resolve, they peaceful maintain the aptitude and disaster to turn the tables on Metropolis at Etihad Stadium.

What will disturb PSG, one more club chasing the Holy Grail of a first-rate Champions League crown, is the formula in which Metropolis dictated phrases to them in the 2d half of, depriving Neymar and Mbappe of any provider.

And so as to add to their troubles they lost their self-discipline, exemplified by Gueye's reckless gradual negate on Gundogan which made a crimson card a formality.

Supervisor reaction - 'On occasion that you may well maintain to be extra relaxed'

Manchester Metropolis boss Pep Guardiola to BT Sport: "On occasion that you may well maintain to be extra relaxed and be ourselves. The first half of is regular - you're making no longer wish to lose the ball [so] you're making no longer play free. We modified a itsy-bitsy bit in the technique we press. We maintain been passive [earlier on]. Then we maintain been extra aggressive. Or no longer it is no longer easy in opposition to Mbappe, Neymar, Di Maria.

"Afterwards we chanced on targets and can maintain scored one more. I am so tickled with the efficiency but we're perfect halfway. There are 90 extra minutes. The leisure can happen.

"We did no longer maintain lawful possession in the ultimate positions. This club make no longer maintain grand journey in the semi-finals of this tournament. This would possibly well support us. Within the 2d half of we maintain been aggressive and played truly lawful.

"In opposition to Dortmund, we conceded and came encourage. At the sleek time the an identical. [We were] ourselves in the 2d half of. We're lawful having fun with in a favorable technique - we can no longer end a diversified technique."

PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino to BT Sport: "There maintain been two diversified halves - we did successfully in the first half of but it undoubtedly is complex to set away with a personnel admire Metropolis. We deserved to be ahead but they maintain been better than us and dominated the 2d half of. The two targets maintain been accidents, but they created extra than us. It became as soon as one half of for every personnel.

"The two targets are very disappointing. It's some distance complex to settle for but that would possibly well happen, and it has took speak in a semi-closing. It's some distance terribly painful.

"It's some distance complex to reveal why they maintain been better but we maintain been better in the first half of. It became as soon as complex to manage, their bodily condition, they maintain been extra aggressive. We did no longer suppose the energy you wish. The crimson card is seemingly to be yellow, is seemingly to be crimson.

"The 2d leg - in football you'll need dispute. They've the encourage."

Match stats - 47/47 success rate for English groups

  • Manchester Metropolis maintain obtained their past 18 away suits in all competitions, scoring 46 targets and conceding good nine.
  • Paris St-Germain suffered defeat when leading at half of-time in the Champions League for the first time since March 2001 in opposition to Deportivo La Coruna.
  • PSG centre-half of Marquinhos is better the third participant in Champions League historic past to ranking in the quarter-closing and semi-closing in consecutive seasons, after Cristiano Ronaldo (2011-12, 2013-14) and Antoine Griezmann (2015-16, 2016-17).
  • Within the historic past of the European Cup/Champions League, there maintain been 47 cases of an English aspect a success the first leg of a two-legged knockout tie faraway from house, and on all 47 cases the English aspect has progressed.
  • Kevin de Bruyne has been directly all for nine targets in his past eight Champions League appearances in the knockout stage (5 targets, four assists). He became the fourth Metropolis participant to attain double figures for Champions League targets after Sergio Aguero (36), Raheem Sterling (21) and Gabriel Jesus (16).
  • He became the fourth diversified participant to ranking in three consecutive Champions League suits in opposition to PSG, after Lionel Messi, Marcus Rashford and Neymar (four).
  • Within the past two seasons, Angel di Maria is truly the most attention-grabbing participant to register double figures for assists in the Champions League (10). Since his debut season in 2007-08, perfect Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo (34 every) maintain extra assists than Di Maria (31).
  • Idrissa Gueye is the first participant to be sent off twice in a single Champions League advertising and marketing campaign since Alvaro Arbeloa in 2012-13 for Genuine Madrid.

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Player of the match

De BruyneKevin De Bruyne

with a median of 8.15

Paris Saint Germain

  1. Squad number11Player nameDi María

  2. Squad number5Player nameMarquinhos

  3. Squad number10Player nameNeymar

  4. Squad number6Player nameVerratti

  5. Squad number7Player nameMbappé

  6. Squad number25Player nameBakker

  7. Squad number3Player nameKimpembe

  8. Squad number24Player nameFlorenzi

  9. Squad number8Player nameParedes

  10. Squad number1Player nameNavas

  11. Squad number15Player nameDanilo Pereira

  12. Squad number21Player nameHerrera

  13. Squad number27Player nameGueye

Manchester Metropolis

  1. p0796142Squad number17Player nameDe Bruyne

  2. p0796283Squad number26Player nameMahrez

  3. p079635fSquad number47Player nameFoden

  4. p0796575Squad number8Player nameGündogan

  5. placeholderSquad number3Player nameRúben Dias

  6. Squad number2Player nameWalker

  7. p0795ym4Squad number5Player nameStones

  8. p07961sySquad number20Player nameBernardo Silva

  9. p0795zs1Squad number11Player nameZinchenko

  10. p0795y2hSquad number31Player nameEderson

  11. placeholderSquad number16Player nameRodri

  12. placeholderSquad number27Player nameJoão Cancelo

Line-ups

PSG

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Navas
  • 24Florenzi
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 3Kimpembe
  • 25Bakker
  • 27GueyeBooked at 77minutes
  • 8ParedesBooked at 70minutesSubstituted forHerreraat 83'minutes
  • 11Di MaríaSubstituted forDaniloat 80'minutes
  • 10NeymarBooked at 74minutes
  • 6Verratti
  • 7Mbappé

Substitutes

  • 4Kehrer
  • 9Icardi
  • 12Rafinha
  • 15Danilo
  • 16Rico
  • 18Kean
  • 19Sarabia
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 21Herrera
  • 22Diallo
  • 23Draxler
  • 31Dagba

Man Metropolis

Formation 4-3-3

  • 31Ederson
  • 2Walker
  • 5Stones
  • 3Rúben Dias
  • 27CanceloBooked at 31minutesSubstituted forZinchenkoat 61'minutes
  • 20Bernardo Silva
  • 16Rodri
  • 8Gündogan
  • 26Mahrez
  • 17De BruyneBooked at 86minutes
  • 47Foden

Substitutes

  • 6Aké
  • 7Sterling
  • 9Gabriel Jesus
  • 10Agüero
  • 11Zinchenko
  • 13Steffen
  • 14Laporte
  • 21Torres
  • 22Mendy
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 50García
  • 85Trafford

Are residing Textual issue material

  1. Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 1, Manchester Metropolis 2.

  2. 2nd Half of ends, Paris Saint Germain 1, Manchester Metropolis 2.

  3. Nook, Manchester Metropolis. Conceded by Ander Herrera.

  4. Strive blocked. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from open air the sphere is blocked.

  5. Uncouth by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis).

  6. Marco Verratti (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half of.

  7. Uncouth by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester Metropolis).

  8. Ander Herrera (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the ultimate cruise.

  9. Uncouth by Bernardo Silva (Manchester Metropolis).

  10. Ander Herrera (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half of.

  11. Uncouth by Rodrigo (Manchester Metropolis).

  12. Ander Herrera (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the ultimate cruise.

  13. Uncouth by Ilkay Gündogan (Manchester Metropolis).

  14. Neymar (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half of.

  15. Strive saved. Phil Foden (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from the centre of the sphere is saved in the centre of the aim.

  16. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis) is confirmed the yellow card for a unpleasant gruesome.

  17. Uncouth by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester Metropolis).

  18. Danilo Pereira (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half of.

  19. Strive missed. Riyad Mahrez (Manchester Metropolis) left footed shot from open air the sphere is halt, but misses to the ultimate.

  20. Substitution, Paris Saint Germain. Ander Herrera replaces Leandro Paredes.

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