Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus secured first place in Group A when Manchester City beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 from behind.
Pep Guardiola’s side scored two goals after Kylian Mbappe gave PSG the lead against the run of the game. As group winners, they are now in the round of 16 of the Champions League.
Both teams saw the certainty of qualifying for the knockout phase ahead of the game, with City leading the group with nine points. The Parisians were only one point behind and City knew that a win would guarantee them the top spot.
Pep Guardiola made three changes to the side who beat Everton over the weekend. Ruben Dias, Riyad Mahrez and Oleksandr Zinchenko returned to the starting XI
Kevin De Bruyne isolates himself with Covid, while Jack Grealish and Phil Foden are out due to injury. PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino started with Neymar, Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe at the top.
But it was the hosts who got off to a better start and could have taken the lead in the sixth minute. Neymar’s attack on Riyad Mahrez put the citizens in a great position.
And Rodri’s header after the resulting free kick was headed off the line by Presnel Kimpembe. Mahrez’s margin went into the side netting and the Algerian shot a penalty in the 13th minute.
However, the referee felt that there was nothing wrong with Nuno Mendes’s tackle. City continued to dominate, with Mahrez at the center of most of their attacks.
But PSG have always been dangerous and Mbappe has shown breathtaking skill at times. Mendes tested Ederson when the half hour approaching the City-Keeper was up to the task.
The defense of the guests looked panicked at times and City could easily have taken the lead in the 33rd minute. Joao Cancelo’s cross finally fell on Ilkay Gündogan, but the German’s shot hit the outside post.
Guardiola’s side were in total control for the first 45 minutes but were cautioned when Mbappe shot a shot just wide a minute before half-time.
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City were the quickest to fall out of the trap on resumption, but it was the Ligue 1 giants who took the lead. Messi and Ander Herrera played a one-two from the edge of the box.
The Argentine’s cross then fell well for Mbappe, whose shot flew through Ederson’s legs into the net. The goal strengthened PSG, who started with the freedom they lacked in the first third.
Guardiola responded by bringing Jesus in for Zinchenko. And City was back on par again after 63 minutes thanks to Sterling.
Walker found Rodri’s great ball over the top and his flank deflected away from Jesus to the waiting English star. Sterling couldn’t miss.
The game continued up and down before Neymar missed a chance to put PSG back in the lead.
The Brazilian rounded out John Stones and was one on one with Ederson. But his finish left a lot to be desired, as the ball flew two meters past the post from close range.
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And the Citizens made him pay when Jesus put the homeowners 2-1 ahead in the 76th minute. Gundogan, Mahrez and Bernardo Silva were involved in the setup before the South American did the rest.
There were some nervous moments towards the end, but City’s defense held out for a famous win.