Mauricio Pochettino, who had unloaded Pep Guardiola’s Man City out at the quarter-final stage with Tottenham in 2019, looked on course to do the equivalent again during the first half, when his PSG skipper Marquinhos headed the hosts into a merited lead and Kylian Mbappe and Neymar caused a wide range of troubles for City.
Paris Saint-Germain were predominant in the first half in their Champions League semi-final first leg against Manchester City.
The French outfit were by a wide margin the better side and they made the most of their prevalence when they started to lead the pack in the fifteenth minute.
Pep Guardiola had remarked in the development to the tie about how Mbappe and Neymar had given him restless evenings during his groundwork for his first Champions League semi-final with City and the pair nearly joined to score inside two minutes when a messy pass from Rodri permitted the France star to tee up his Brazilian partner to take shots at Ederson.
Apprehensive of the Mbappe-Neymar danger, there was a tenseness to City’s play as they attempted to expect control of the ball and it was PSG cutting out the risky minutes, with Neymar testing Ederson again on 12 minutes after Alessandro Florenzi’s shot was impeded.
Di Maria swung in a juicy cross and Marquinhos connected a header home.
PSG had opportunities to expand their lead however it was Man City who equalised with 25 minutes remaining.
While PSG kept on making hazardous minutes, with Mbappe on the break effervescing a ball through the City six-yard box, which Kyle Walker needed to fold behind, City accepted control of ownership and squeezed for a leveler.
Looking for something unique, De Bruyne endeavored a staggering overhead kick at the top of the hour however rather it was an odd goal from the Belgian which got the job done. Kevin De Bruyne swung the ball into the box determined to search for a Man City man.
Yet, the cross misled Keylor Navas and the Costa Rican could do nothing as the ball discovered the corner.
De Bruyne cut the ball into the punishment region on 64 minutes but instead of discovering a partner his calculated attempt went straight through the penalty area and sneaked in at the far post to leave Navas embarrassed and City with a urgent away goal.
After seven minutes, City were in front – with some assistance from the PSG wall. Kimpembe and Paredes were liable of turning their backs as Mahrez struck his free-kick from 25 yards out and the ball went through the pair of them, leaving Navas no an ideal opportunity to get across and make the save.
City were then given another blessing on 77 minutes, when Gueye rushed at Gundogan and was properly shown a straight red for his tackle from behind which got the midfielder agonizingly on the lower leg.
With a man advantage, City held their lead during an undeniably hot tempered final couple of moments and, while Foden, Mahrez, and De Bruyne nearly made their success significantly more noteworthy, Guardiola will realize his side have made a major stride towards the Champions League final.
PSG couldn’t get an equalizer and consequently surrendered to a 2-1 loss.
Man City will be enormous top contenders when the two sides meet for the return leg at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday.
Most people predicted that the team winning this fixture will eventually march on and win the Champions League which could more than be true and this year could be the year that Man City finally win a Champions League title.