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PSG 1 – Man City 2: Visitors gain the advantage in the Champions League Semi Final – first leg

Paris Saint-Germain vs. Manchester City

The quality of the teams at this stage of the Champions League, rarely delivers results as one sided as this, especially on the road. This was a huge opportunity lost for Les Rouge et Bleu. In the previous phase of the competition, PSG won against Bayern Munich while, for their part, the away team managed to defeat Borussia Dortmund. Pep Guardiola’s men have done all that could be asked in the first leg, secured an away win and obtained a valuable away goal advantage. The tie is balanced in their favour ahead of the 2nd leg, but their margin is not so large that they can afford to be complacent.

Les Parisiens started the first half well, with a goal from Marquinhos at the 15 minute mark. They then managed to see out the first half 1-0.

Cityzens continued to pile on the pressure in the second and were rewarded, thanks to Kevin De Bruyne finding the net in the 64th minute. Man City then scored once more and turned the match thanks to a goal from Riyad Mahrez at the 71 minute mark to make it 2-1.

For PSG, Danilo Pereira and Ander Herrera, came on for Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes. Man City brought on Olexandr Zinchenko, to replace Joao Cancelo.

The referee booked five players. Leandro Paredes and Neymar from PSG, who saw yellow cards and Idrissa Gueye, sent off with a red, as well as for Man City Joao Cancelo and Kevin De Bruyne also seeing yellows.

PSG will have to approach the return leg as a one off game, in which they have to muster their European pedigree to deliver goals and overcome the odds. The Skyblues clearly have the advantage, but anything can happen in Europe and we will see who qualifies for the final.

Technical card:
Paris Saint-Germain: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, John Stones, Joao Cancelo, Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Rodri, Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Bernardo Silva
Manchester City: Keylor Navas, Alessandro Florenzi, Presnel Kimpembe, Marquinhos, Mitchel Bakker, Angel Di Maria, Marco Verratti, Idrissa Gueye, Leandro Paredes, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe
Stadium: the Parc des Princes
Goals: Marquinhos (1-0, min. 15), Kevin De Bruyne (1-1, min. 64) and Riyad Mahrez (1-2, min. 71)

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