Paris St-Germain 1-2 Man City: Kevin de Bruyne & Riyad Mahrez give City advantage in Champions League

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Mahrezs winner was his second direct free-kick objective in the Champions League – his first coming for LeicesterManchester City produced an outstanding display to come from behind and take control of their Champions League semi-final with triumph versus Paris St-Germain in France.Pep Guardiolas side combated their way through a scintillating early PSG surge when they fell behind to Marquinhos header, glanced in from Angel di Marias corner after 15 minutes, to dominate after the break and turn this very first leg tie in Paris on its head.City, who had threatened prior to the break when Phil Foden missed out on a great chance, were much more favorable and got the reward they deserved after 64 minutes when Kevin de Bruynes menacing cross evaded everyone in the penalty area and wandered beyond stationary PSG keeper Kaylor Navas.PSG, with Neymar fading and Kylian Mbappe subdued, were ragged and Riyad Mahrez put City in a fantastic position to reach their very first Champions League final when his left-foot free-kick went through the wall to beat Navas seven minutes later.And to finish PSGs anguish, previous Everton midfield male Idrissa Gueye was rightly shown a red card late on for an awful difficulty on Ilkay Gundogan.Man Citys dream comes closerManchester City have actually yearned for accomplishment in the Champions League as verification they are a European superpower – and this spectacular display brings that aspiration more detailed than it has ever been before.The Premier League leaders had to show all their qualities prior to lastly overpowering their hosts, who ran out of steam after showing genuine class in the first half, with Neymar and Di Maria pulling the strings.Ruben Dias and John Stones were prominent as City held firm in the first half, while after the break, as they showed higher aspiration, Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker carried real assaulting hazard, and the visitors played with huge maturity as they pinned PSG back in their own half.Their hazard grew throughout and it was no surprise when De Bruyne levelled then Mahrez put them ahead – certainly PSG ended disorganised and so beaten they might almost feel grateful they just lost 2-1. Citys Champions League history is littered with disappointments in the latter phases of the competition, typically mired in tactical confusion or ill-luck – not so here.Those experiences suggest they will take nothing for given when this hazardous PSG side come to Etihad Stadium in six days however City have never ever been in much better shape to reach a Champions League final.PSG still position a threat – but City in chargePSG revealed in the first 45 minutes precisely why nothing can be taken for approved by City. Former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino will know his side are underdogs in the battle to face either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the last in Istanbul on 29 May.It took all of Citys resolve and character to ride out PSGs first-half storm, with Neymar exceptional and while Mbappe was a surprisingly limited figure, they still have the capability and risk to turn the tables on City at Etihad Stadium.What will disturb PSG, another club chasing the Holy Grail of a very first Champions League crown, is the manner in which City dictated terms to them in the second half, depriving Neymar and Mbappe of any service.And to include to their problems they lost their discipline, exemplified by Gueyes negligent late challenge on Gundogan which made a red card a formality.Manager reaction – Sometimes you need to be more unwindedManchester City boss Pep Guardiola to BT Sport: « Sometimes you need to be more relaxed and be ourselves.

Mahrezs winner was his second direct free-kick goal in the Champions League – his first coming for LeicesterManchester City produced an outstanding screen to come from behind and take control of their Champions League semi-final with success versus Paris St-Germain in France.Pep Guardiolas side fought their way through a scintillating early PSG surge when they fell behind to Marquinhos header, glanced in from Angel di Marias corner after 15 minutes, to dominate after the break and turn this very first leg tie in Paris on its head.City, who had actually threatened prior to the break when Phil Foden missed a great opportunity, were much more favorable and got the benefit they should have after 64 minutes when Kevin de Bruynes menacing cross evaded everyone in the penalty area and wandered beyond stationary PSG keeper Kaylor Navas.PSG, with Neymar fading and Kylian Mbappe subdued, were ragged and Riyad Mahrez put City in a fantastic position to reach their very first Champions League final when his left-foot free-kick went through the wall to beat Navas seven minutes later.And to finish PSGs anguish, previous Everton midfield guy Idrissa Gueye was appropriately shown a red card late on for a terrible challenge on Ilkay Gundogan.Man Citys dream comes closerManchester City have longed for accomplishment in the Champions League as confirmation they are a European superpower – and this stunning display screen brings that aspiration more detailed than it has ever been before.The Premier League leaders had to reveal all their qualities prior to lastly overpowering their hosts, who ran out of steam after showing genuine class in the very first half, with Neymar and Di Maria pulling the strings.Ruben Dias and John Stones were popular as City held company in the first half, while after the break, as they showed higher aspiration, Joao Cancelo and Kyle Walker brought genuine attacking danger, and the visitors played with huge maturity as they pinned PSG back in their own half.Their threat grew throughout and it was no surprise when De Bruyne levelled then Mahrez put them ahead – indeed PSG ended so beaten and disorganised they may practically feel grateful they only lost 2-1. Citys Champions League history is littered with frustrations in the latter phases of the tournament, typically bogged down in tactical confusion or ill-luck – not so here.Those experiences suggest they will take nothing for given when this unsafe PSG side come to Etihad Stadium in 6 days however City have never ever been in much better shape to reach a Champions League final.PSG still posture a hazard – however City in chargePSG revealed in the very first 45 minutes precisely why absolutely nothing can be taken for granted by City. Former Spurs supervisor Mauricio Pochettino will understand his side are underdogs in the battle to deal with either Chelsea or Real Madrid in the last in Istanbul on 29 May.It took all of Citys willpower and character to ride out PSGs first-half storm, with Neymar exceptional and while Mbappe was a remarkably marginal figure, they still have the capability and danger to turn the tables on City at Etihad Stadium.What will interrupt PSG, another club going after the Holy Grail of a very first Champions League crown, is the way in which City determined terms to them in the 2nd half, denying Neymar and Mbappe of any service.And to include to their problems they lost their discipline, exemplified by Gueyes careless late challenge on Gundogan which made a red card a formality.Manager response – Sometimes you need to be more unwindedManchester City boss Pep Guardiola to BT Sport: « Sometimes you require to be more relaxed and be ourselves. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City). Phil Foden (Manchester City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.Foul by Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City).