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Wednesday, 28 April 2021

De Bruyne And Mahrez Gives Man City 2:1 Lead Over PSG In UCL Semi-Final First Leg


Manchester City have one foot in the Champions League final after beating PSG 2-1 in France on Wednesday night, April 28.


City, not seen as favorites ahead of the match, shocked the football world by scoring two goals in the space of seven minutes despite going down early in the first half.

 

PSG played so well in the first half and a goal from Marquinhos, signalled more was to come from the parisiens but lack of efficiency in front of goal cost PSG who were playing against a City side who played with no recognized striker.

 

Within just two minutes PSG started their attack as Rodri lost the ball to Kylian Mbappe.


Then Neymar counter-attacking could only manage a harmless shot at Ederson while another Neymar effort was met with a decent save by City's goalkeeper.

 

PSG 1-2 Man City: De Bruyne and Mahrez stun Mauricio Pochettino

 

PSG had a corner in the 15th minute and an unmarked Marquinhos hit the absolutely perfect corner from Angel di Maria.

 

PSG 1-2 Man City: De Bruyne and Mahrez stun Mauricio Pochettino


PSG keeper Keylor Navas, delivered an unorthodox save to keep out a hooked effort from Bernardo Silva.

 

Just before halftime, Foden hammered a shot straight at Navas when he should have hit the shot into either corner.

 

PSG's clever passing, brilliant movement and touches gave serious work to Man City defenders John Stones and Ruben Dias and the French club hoped that the second half will bring in more goals for them.

 

City started the second half well and not long after, De Bruyne pulled a goal back with a shock long-range effort which Keylor Navas failed to deal with in time.


City were now charging and believed at 1-1 they had the tactical advantage over their foes.


Foden won a free-kick and although De Bruyne looked certain to be the taker, City tricked PSG and let Mahrez play it.

 

PSG 1-2 Man City: De Bruyne and Mahrez stun Mauricio Pochettino


Kimpembe and Paredes opened up their defence wall and Mahrez’s free-kick squeezed through the pair past a furious Navas.


Minutes later Gueye kicked the ankle of Gundogan and was rightly given a straight red card.

 

PSG 1-2 Man City: De Bruyne and Mahrez stun Mauricio Pochettino


City now have two away goals going into next week's second leg at the Etihad.

Guardiola is now closer than ever to appear in his first champions league final since 2011.


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