Premier League leaders Manchester City have came from behind to defeated Paris Saint-Germain at the Parc des Princes in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final tie.
The French champions made perfect start to the game and got their reward in the 15th minutes of the game as defender Marquinhos opened the scoring with a brilliant header after a excellent corner from Angel Di Maria.
Les Parisiens continued to control the game, and twice came close to extending their lead. Neymar had a deflected effort turned over the bar while Leandro Paredes headed wide from a set piece when perhaps he should have hit the target.
Manchester City did have a couple of chances of their own, first coming close through Bernardo Silva. He had to stretch to reach a long pass by compatriot Joao Cancelo, but managed to divert his effort on target. Keylor Navas turned it wide for a corner.
The visitors’ best chance of the opening period came shortly before half time. Silva fed the ball to Phil Foden, but he shot directly at Navas when he really ought to have done better.
The second half began in equally exciting fashion. Marco Verratti was inches away from getting on the end of Kylian Mbappe’s cross for a tap in, while Kevin De Bruyne saw his audacious bicycle kick go over the bar.
In the 64th minute, Manchester City found their equaliser via a slice of luck. De Bruyne lifted a cross towards the back post, which evaded everyone and sneaked in, giving his side a crucial away goal in the tie.
The goal swung the balance of the game completely. Pep Guardiola’s men started to dominate the ball, while the hosts struggled to create anything and got frustrated, picking up a couple of needless yellow cards.
Seven minutes after De Bruyne’s goal, the Cityzens took the lead. Riyad Mahrez’s free kick squirmed through a gap in the wall and found the back of the net. Replays showed that Presnel Kimpembe was responsible for the hole.
Man City continued to control the game, and took a further advantage after Idrissa Gana Gueye was sent off. The Senegalese midfielder put in a horrendous challenge on Ilkay Gundogan, raking his studs into the German’s calf, and was subsequently shown a red card.
The away side had a couple more half chances, but played things a bit more safe in the final ten minutes. Mahrez dragged a hopeful shot wide, and Foden hit one straight at Navas.
The game finished 2-1 to Manchester City, putting them in an excellent position to reach their first ever Champions League final.