Gabriel Jesus completed Manchester City’s comeback to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 and secure a place in the round of 16 of the Champions League as group winners on Wednesday. PSG is also sure of going through as runner-up in Group A thanks to Leipzig beating Club Brugge 5-0. The clash of the competition’s wealthiest teams, who are yet to win European football’s top prize, fully came to life in the 50th minute when Kylian Mbappe put PSG ahead after an interchange between Lionel Messi and Neymar. But the attacking dominance by City that defined the first half saw Raheem Sterling’s outstretched left foot nudge in a cross from Kyle Walker to equalize in the 63rd. After Neymar missed a chance to restore PSG’s lead, Bernado Silva teeed up Gabriel Jesus who connected with scuffed shot that still beat Keylor Navas in the 76th. Follow all the latest updates below.
Man City show power of the collective with Champions League win over star-studded PSG
Amid all the geopolitical dimensions of this game in Manchester, and the great stars on show, it may go some way to setting up one of football’s little quirks.
What price Mauricio Pochettino’s Paris Saint-Germain meeting an interim’s Manchester United in the Champions League last 16? That is at least the prospect that the Argentine’s latest trip to the city sets up, after a result that is almost certain to leave the French side second in the group.
Manchester City meanwhile again look like potential champions, after a commanding 2-1 victory.
Manchester City 2-1 Paris Saint-Germain: Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus struck in the final half an hour after Kylian Mbappe had given PSG the lead
Manchester City come from behind to beat PSG and reach last 16
The Premier League champions produced a superb response after falling behind to a goal from Kylian Mbappe against the run of play early in the second half at the Etihad Stadium.
Sterling levelled just after the hour and substitute Jesus popped up to claim a winner 14 minutes from time that also confirmed City as winners of Group A.
Goals from Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus cancelled out Kylian Mbappe’s opener.
Man City defeat PSG to top Group A
Manchester City’s defeat to Paris Saint-Germain on Matchday Two is now their only loss in their last 22 Champions League group stage matches.
They’ve more 16 group stage matches during that run.
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Man City 2 - 1 PSG
Kylian Mbappé has become just the 11th player to score 20 away Champions League goals, reaching that tally in just his 23rd away appearance, fewer than any of the previous 10 players reached 20 goals on the road.
Reaction from Marquinhos
Paris Saint-Germain’s captain Marquinhos spoke after their defeat to Manchester City and emphasised that qualification to the next round was more important than winning the game. He said:
“The most important thing is to qualify. Sometimes you finish top and you play a really strong club. Sometimes you finish second and you end up with a better draw.”
Man City 2 - 1 PSG
Raheem Sterling has now scored as many Champions League goals as Frank Lampard (23), with Wayne Rooney (30) and Paul Scholes (24) the only Englishmen to score more in the competition.
Man City vs PSG player ratings: Bernardo Silva stars in Champions League victory
Manchester City hit back in the final half an hour to beat Paris Saint-Germain 2-1 and seal top spot in Group A of the Champions League.
Goals by Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus were no more than City deserved after dominating for much of the game without reward, denied time after time by PSG’s last-ditch defending.
Kylian Mbappe’s goal on the break gave PSG the lead early in the second half, but they could not hold on.
Here’s how every player rated:
Man City 2-1 PSG: City clinched top spot in Group A as PSG had to settled for second place
Full-time: Man City 2 - 1 PSG
90+3 mins: Di Maria floats a final ball into the box towards Mbappe but Ederson comes and plucks it out of the air.
There’s the final whistle! Manchester City win the game, they’re through to the last-16 and they’ve topped Group A. It’s a big win for City who avenge their defeat at the Parc de Princes in September.
Man City 2 - 1 PSG
90 mins: Three minutes of added time to play. Is there going to be one last twist in this tale? As it stands Manchester City are going to secure top spot in Group A.
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