Manchester City rallied to defeat Paris Saint Germain 2-1 in their fixture on Matchday 5 of UEFA Champions League Group A at the Etihad Stadium, securing first place for them in their group with one match to play.
Having fallen to a 2-0 defeat to Paris in the reverse game, Manchester City were eager to make amends on their own turf and started the game very brilliantly.
The Cityzens moved the ball very quickly, barely allowing their opponents to get a break during the opening exchanges. The first opportunity for Manchester City came when Ilkay Gundogan passed Oleksandr Zinchenko, who saw his goal-bound effort blocked.
Gundogan himself tried his luck a few minutes later, only for another clearance from the goal line to stop the German midfielder and hold the score. Gundogan hit the wood again for Manchester City when they increased the pressure on their superstar opposition.
Against the streak of the game, it was Paris Saint Germain who opened the scoring through French striker Kylian Mbappé. The 22-year-old finished off an intricate passing movement involving Nuno Mendes, Lionel Messi and Neymar, before shooting low and hard at Ederson’s legs for the first goal in the 50th minute.
PSG’s goal seemed to stimulate Manchester City as they attacked with renewed intent and were rewarded for their persistence only 13 minutes later. Kyle Walker volleyed the ball through the goal and saw the ball come out of Gabriel Jesus to sit perfectly for Raheem Sterling to launch an effort into the back of the net.
It took another 13 minutes, but Manchester City got the win thanks to substitute Jesus. The Brazilian forward was at the end of a brilliant cut from Bernardo Silva and fired a shot into Keylor Navas’ bottom corner of the net to put the hosts ahead.
Manchester City stood their ground for a brilliant 2-1 victory that places them into the knockout stages as group winners, as PSG also secured their way to the next round following RB’s 5-0 thrashing. Leipzig to Club Brugge.
Christopher Nkunku scored twice, as did Emil Forsberg, and Andre Silva scored the other goal as Leipzig beat Club Brugge to end the Belgian team’s hopes of exiting the group. Both sides are tied at four points with one game to play to determine who gets the Europa League slot.