Man City cause PSG to surrender as visitors gain CL semi-final advantage

Manchester City came from behind to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Parc des Princes.

PSG were the better team in the first half but City reversed the tie after the break. Away goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez proved decisive in the evening. This ensures that the Ligue 1 side will have to score at least twice in the second leg as City look to maintain their lead and reach a first-ever Champions League final.

City made four changes to the starting lineup that won the Carabao Cup this weekend. Ederson, John Stones, Rodri and Bernardo Silva replaced Zack Steffen, Aymeric Laporte, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling.

The roster featured just one player different from the last side Pep Guardiola fielded in the Champions League against Borussia Dortmund, as he stayed true to his formula for the competition.

The PSG formation they clashed against was also littered with names of stars such as Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos.

Ederson was the first goalkeeper to make a save, after Mbappe put Neymar on a counterattack before the Brazilian took aim.

PSG kept up the pressure with Alessandro Florenzi seeing a powerful strike blocked. Soon after, Neymar forced Ederson to flip the ball over the bar.

The intensity of the hosts paid off in the 15th minute. Angel Di Maria threw a corner in which Marquinhos peeked into the far corner with the back of his head to make the score 1-0.

Stunned, City responded with their first real chance when Silva forced a save from Keylor Navas with an instinctive effort.

A few successive turns gave more chances to PSG, who were looking to repeat the method by which they had taken the lead. Leandro Paredes in particular came close with a header.

At the other end, Paredes released an effort tied to Mahrez’s goal.

Another shot on target for City came via Phil Foden towards the end of the first half. However, he directed his efforts directly at Navas.

De Bruyne inspires recovery

City started the second half with intent, but Mbappe created danger on the opposite end to keep them alert.

De Bruyne tried to bring City to life with a reverse acrobatic volley, but he barely sailed over the bar.

However, De Bruyne didn’t take long to hit the target. Soon after, his cross slipped out of hand and left Navas helpless as he slipped to the far post. Not only were City now level, but they also had a crucial away goal.

De Bruyne was expected to be the man in danger again when he stood on a free kick on the edge of the box. Instead, Mahrez took it – and immediately showed why.

The Algerian squeezed the ball between the wall, sending it beyond Navas’ reach into the lower corner.

In seven minutes, the game had completely turned and City was in control.

They were keen to keep it that way and were given the chance to extend their lead when Foden made his way towards Navas’ palms.

PSG were crumbling and things were going from bad to worse for them when Idrissa Gueye received a red card for a late, studded challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.

City felt an opportunity to shine the light of day between them and their opponents and Mahrez went up close with a powerful left-footed effort.

City may have held their collective breath when De Bruyne grabbed Danilo Pereira with his crampons. PSG swarmed around the referee, but he only brandished a yellow card.

Foden then tried to bring attention back to the goal-mouth action, but again shot from a comfortable distance for Navas.

Then, in downtime, De Bruyne put Navas to work to reverse a powerful effort.

They couldn’t add to their two goals, but City had done enough to win the lead halfway through the draw. They will look to finish the job in their home game on Tuesday.

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