Man City vs PSG: Comeback win secures top spot in Champions League Group A for Pep Guardiola's side
Manchester City sealed their passage into the Champions League last 16 as group winners after coming from a goal down to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 at the Etihad Stadium.
City dominated the opening 45 minutes but could not find a breakthrough as Mauricio Pochettino, who was heavily linked with the vacant Manchester United job in the build-up to the game, saw his PSG side hold firm under a barrage of pressure from the hosts. Pep Guardiola's side were made to pay for their wastefulness early in the second half as Kylian Mbappe put the Ligue 1 leaders ahead against the run of play. However, City stormed back, with goals from Raheem Sterling and substitute Gabriel Jesus completing the turnaround, to secure a place in the knockout phase with a game to spare. The victory sees Guardiola's men, who are aiming to win their first Champions League title, also top Group A with one game left to play, while PSG are also through despite the loss in Manchester because of Club Brugge's 5-0 defeat at the hands of RB Leipzig.
1 - Manchester City’s victory ensures they will finish top of their Champions League group for the fifth consecutive season – just the second English side to do so in the current format of the competition after Manchester United between 2006-07 and 2010-11. Dominant.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) November 24, 2021
How dominant Man City came back to stun PSG...
Despite the absence of key attacking players in Kevin De Bruyne, Phil Foden and Jack Grealish, Manchester City started firmly on the front foot and created a number of clear-cut opportunities as they dominated most of the opening 45 minutes. Rodri rose highest to head Riyad Mahrez's free-kick goalwards but his powerful header was cleared off the line by Presnel Kimpembe. Mahrez was heavily involved in the action for City in the first half and the visitors needed Achraf Hakimi to divert the Algerian's curled effort over the crossbar. There was no let up from City as they continued to pin PSG back and they hit the post through Ilkay Gundogan, although the flag was raised for offside, and Keylor Navas produced a fine save low to his right to deny Mahrez. The hosts were given a warning just before the break when John Stones was caught in possession in the centre circle. Neymar pounced before sliding the ball through for Mbappe, but the French striker's early shot flew over Ederson's crossbar. Despite all City's first-half dominance, they were caught out as PSG raced out of the traps at the start of the second half. Lionel Messi and Neymar were both heavily involved as the visitors attacked from deep before Messi's deflected cross fell kindly for Mbappe, who fired through the legs of Ederson to give PSG the lead against the run of play. The goal did not knock City off course, though. They responded brilliantly to the setback and equalised 13 minutes later when Sterling stretched to convert Kyle Walker's cutback from close range. The turnaround was complete 14 minutes from time when Bernardo Silva produced an exquisite touch to play Mahrez's cross into the path of Jesus, who finished into the far corner to secure City's place in the last 16.
Man of the match - Bernardo Silva
Riyad Mahrez was a thorn in the side of PSG for most of the night and he can count himself unlucky that he's not got the nod for man of the match. However, it was very difficult to ignore Bernardo Silva, who was at the heart of Man City's dominant display. He made 47 passes and 47 of them found their intended target. The best of which was his cushioned lay-off to pick out Gabriel Jesus for City's winner. A masterful display from the Portugal international, who now has to be one of the first names on Guardiola's teamsheet.
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Man City resume their Premier League campaign at home to West Ham on Sunday. Guardiola's side are away to RB Leipzig in their final Champions League group game on Tuesday December 7.
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