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Manchester City defeat Paris Saint-Germain as both teams qualify for Champions League knockout stages

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Manchester City defeat Paris Saint-Germain as both teams qualify for Champions League knockout stages

Having been on the again foot all through the primary half, PSG took the lead at first of the second interval when Lionel Messi’s deflected cross was completed by Kylian Mbappe.

But the lead lasted little greater than 10 minutes as City equalized by Raheem Sterling’s poked shot from shut vary — simply reward for City, which had dominated possession for a lot of the match.

And with quarter-hour remaining, Gabriel Jesus grabbed the winner for the house facet after he was teed up by Bernardo Silva contained in the PSG field.

RB Leipzig’s 5-0 win towards Club Brugge within the group’s different recreation implies that both PSG and City undergo to the knockout stages.

Gabriel Jesus (right), Joao Cancelo (center) and Bernardo Silva celebrate during City's comeback win.

The entertaining contest in Manchester — which pitted two of the Champions League’s greatest sides towards one another, both of whom reached the ultimate of the competitors prior to now two seasons — got here to life within the second half after City had managed the primary 45 minutes.

Pep Guardiola’s facet might have taken the lead within the recreation’s opening minutes, however Rodri’s header was cleared off the road by Presnel Kimpembe.

Then halfway by the primary half, Man City had additional probabilities as Ilkay Gundogan’s highly effective shot rattled off the submit and Riyad Mahrez had an try saved by PSG goalkeeper Keylor Navas.

PSG had few probabilities and was suffocated by City’s passing and excessive press, however with Messi, Mbappe and Neymar in assault, a breakaway objective all the time appeared a chance.

That’s precisely what occurred at first of the second half when Messi broke down the left and crossed to Mbappe, who slid a shot by the legs of Ederson to present PSG the lead along with his ninth objective of the season.

Mbappe scores PSG's only goal of the night.

Man City continued to assault the PSG objective and hit again by Sterling after Kyle Walker’s cross went previous Jesus and located the England ahead on the again submit.

Neymar had a golden alternative to present PSG the lead on 73 minutes after a slaloming run by the Man City protection, however he pushed his shot huge.

It proved a expensive miss, as moments later City took the lead by Jesus’ objective, handing his facet a deserved victory.

The end result means City has 12 factors and is assured to complete prime of the group with PSG on eight factors.

“We’re very pleased — very pleased with the three factors, very pleased as a result of we certified first within the group, which is essential for us, and really pleased as nicely as a result of our followers deserved a very good efficiency and a very good win,” Silva instructed BT Sport after the match.

Buildup to the sport had been dominated by hypothesis linking PSG supervisor Mauricio Pochettino with City’s rival Manchester United, which parted methods with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on the weekend.

But Pochettino, whose contract with PSG runs till 2023, declined to get drawn into the rumors.

“We can not discuss that (due to) my respect to my membership, to Paris Saint-Germain, my respect to a different membership. What one other membership are doing in that second is just not my enterprise, is just not my downside,” he instructed reporters forward of the sport.

“I should be targeted on Paris Saint-Germain. I’m not going to make the error to speak … I’m so pleased at Paris Saint-Germain and I’m targeted on attempting to present my greatest like I’m doing.”

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