Pep's Man City battle back at PSG

UEFA Champions League

Manchester City claimed a 2-1 victory over Paris Saint-Germain in UEFA Champions semi-final first-leg action at Parc des Princes on Wednesday.

There were four changes from Pep Guardiola. Ederson was back in goal, with John Stones, Rodri and Bernardo Silva also being brought in. Mauricio Pochettino made four changes to the side with Mitchel Bakker, Marquinhos, Idrissa Gueye and Angel di Maria all coming into the side.

PSG had the first opportunity with just two minutes gone. Di Maria dispossessed Rodri and he broke feeding Kylian Mbappe, who slid it between two City defenders for Neymar but Walker recovered to make the block.

PSG were on top in the opening exchanges and in the 11th minute, they worked a clever short corner to Neymar and he played a one-two with Verratti on the left of the box before skipping past Stones and getting the shot away. It took a slight deflection off Ruben Dias and Ederson diverted it over the crossbar.

Soon after, the Parisians won a corner. It was beautifully whipped in to the near post by Di Maria and Marquinhos got the run on a static Ilkay Gundogan before glancing the ball into the far corner past Ederson, who had absolutely no chance.

Joao Cancelo then picked out Bernardo Silva with an excellent delivery and the Portuguese's effort on the slide was palmed away for a corner.

Pochettino's side came agonisingly close to doubling their lead ten minutes into the second half. Mbappe raced away from Stones and fizzed the ball into the six-yard box. Marco Verratti stretched for it but couldn't connect by a matter of centimetres.

City levelled matters in the 64th minute when De Bruyne's inswinging cross from the left crept into the far corner past a bemused Navas.

Five minutes later, Phil Foden won a free-kick just outside the box. Riyad Mahrez stepped up to take it and cleverly struck the ball through a hole in the wall between Leandro Paredes and Presnell Kimpembe to find the bottom corner.

PSG's cause was not helped when they were reduced to ten men with ten minutes remaining after Gueye was shown a straight red card for a nasty tackle on Gundogan. Pochettino went more defensive as a result by bringing on Danilo Pereira for Di Maria and Ander Herrera for Paredes.

Foden almost made it 3-1 in the closing stages when he turned silkily in the box despite the attentions of three PSG defenders but his shot was straight down the middle as the Citizens take two crucial away goals and a one-goal lead to the Etihad next week.

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