Uefa Semi: ManCity Beat PSG, 2-1

 

 

By Aiwu Esele

L-R: Team mates mob de Brunye after his equalizer and Marquinhos celebrates his opening goal for the home side.

 

Manchester City caused a major upset by grabbing two away goals in the first leg of their semi-final match with Paris St Germain on Wednesday. They beat PSG, 2-1. The two goals were scored in the second half of the game.

With Kevin de Bruyne cross which entered the back of the net in the 64th minute before Mahrez provided an extra-ordinary free-kick which he bent through the defensive wall mounted by PSG defenders in the 70th minute, the visitors cancelled the one goal deficit in the first half and went on to win the match.

PSG looked bright and sharp in the first half, leading to Marquinhos converting from Angel Di Maria’s cross from a corner in the 14th minute. Striker Kylian Mbappe had just few touches with the ball though he provided a great pass in the second half which Marcos Verrati could not convert. PSG looked dull in the second half, knocking the ball in their eighteen yard box, which led to several mistakes, one of which  Mancity youngster Phil Foden capitalised on but missed on a-one-on- one with keeper Navas.

Idrissa Gueye, PSG midfielder, was sent red carded in the 76th minute for tackling Ikay Gundogan.

PSG travel to Etihad stadium on Tuesday for the return leg which ManCity has a greater chance of winning, if it held to its away goals and PSG put up their drab display that cost them early goals in the first half.  Neither of these sides has ever won Champions League or European Cup.