UCL: All about Man City v PSG

Gabriel Jesus came off the bench to score the winner as Manchester City beat PSG 2-1 at the Etihad to secure the top spot in Group A with a game to spare.

Kylian Mbappe had given PSG the lead with a clinically taken finish before Raheem Sterling levelled the score shortly after from close-range, with Jesus completing the comeback in the 76th minute.

Although both teams settled quickly into the contest, it was City who had the clearest chances in the opening 20 minutes, with Rodri and then Riyad Mahrez forcing goal-saving clearances from Presnel Kimpembe and Achraf Hakimi respectively.

They went even closer later on when Ilkay Gundogan fired a well-struck effort onto the base of the post but almost allowed their opponents to take the lead against the run of play just before half-time when Mbappe uncharacteristically fired over after Neymar had pressured John Stones into a mistake.

City failed to heed that warning, though, as less than five minutes after the interval, Mbappe fired a low shot through Ederson’s legs the far post to open the scoring on a milestone occasion. It was the 22-year-old’s 29th Champions League goal on his 50th appearance.

PSG’s lead last just over 10 minutes, though, as Sterling equalised with a poacher’s effort after Kyle Walker’s volleyed cross had found him at the back post. And with just over a quarter of an hour remaining, Jesus put the hosts in front, applying the finishing touches to a fine team move to ensure Pep Guardiola’s side progressed to the last-16 as group winners, with PSG following them into the next round as runners-up.

Neymar came close to grabbing a win soon after when he missed a goal from inside the 18-yard area, but it was Jesus who became the hero on Wednesday, using a touch to score from a subtlety Bernardo Silva sacked as Man City avenged a 0-2 defeat in the reverse Paris game earlier in the competition.

“We have a lot of players who can help the team,” said Jesus. “Everybody wants to give the good ball to other players. No one is selfish.”

PSG coach Mauricio Pochettino has subject to interest from Manchester United Sources have revealed to ESPN the manager role is vacant, but he focused on his PSG side in his post-match interview, saying he’s happy to move on to the stages. the next part of the contest.

“It’s important to qualify,” he told. “We beat Man City at the Parc des Princes, we lost here. The difference is the draw against Leipzig and [that is] Why did we finish second? “

“After 0-0 in the first half we scored and I think we were calm because we had control very well. You have to credit Manchester City, they are a very good team.”

City lead Group A on 12 points with PSG on eight and Leipzig and Brugge, both on four points, left to compete for third place and a spot in the Europa League.

Guardiola praised the way his team reacted to going a goal behind.

“It is a good lesson. When you are losing you have to continue. We knew a draw was a good result for us, but we won,” said the former Barcelona coach.

“Always I believe with their forwards, the further they are from our goal the safer we are. Look at the action of Neymar when he missed the shot. They found that from nothing. We have to defend as a team. I thought we were brilliant today,” he said.

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