Champions League - 1st Leg
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Paris St-Germain 2-2 Manchester City

By Chris OsborneBBC Sport
Man City
Manchester City have never reached the Champions League semi-finals

Fernandinho's deflected goal earned Manchester City a draw in the first leg of their Champions League quarter-final at Paris St-Germain.

Kevin de Bruyne's clinical finish gave City the lead after Joe Hart saved Zlatan Ibrahimovic's penalty for PSG.

Ibrahimovic capitalised on Fernando's error to equalise and Adrien Rabiot tapped in after the break to put French champions PSG in front.

Fernandinho's scuffed effort gave City a potentially vital second away goal.

The second leg takes place at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday, 12 April.

Teams who have drawn the first leg 2-2 away from home in European competition have progressed on 220 out of 277 previous occasions - a 79.4% success rate.

Listen: 'If you can't beat them, join them. Aguero must go down.'

The money men don't live up to their billing

This fixture was touted as a battle of Europe's richest clubs, with both sides backed by wealthy Middle-Eastern owners - PSG's from Qatar and Manchester City's from the United Arab Emirates.

While the teams have spent a reported £800m between them on players in the past five years, the game, which was entertaining, lacked the quality expected from such blue-chip line-ups.

Fernando's mistake for PSG's equaliser was a prime example.

The Brazilian collected the ball from Hart on the edge of his own penalty area and, while trying to flick a pass with the outside of his foot, directed the ball off Ibrahimovic's boot and into an empty net.

It undid the superb work of Hart to save Ibrahimovic's penalty low to his right - after David Luiz was tripped by Bacary Sagna - and De Bruyne's powerful finish from a tight angle following Fernandinho's surge forward.

Former Chelsea defender Luiz will be banned for the return leg after being shown a yellow card 12 seconds into the game, as will midfielder Blaise Matuidi.

City's defensive frailties almost costly

Aguero touches
This graphic shows Man City striker Sergio Aguero's touches. The Argentine was isolated throughout, was forced to come deep to receive the ball, and touched it only once in the PSG area

Manuel Pellegrini's side were fortunate to be in a position to salvage a draw as the fragile defence that has contributed to their disappointing Premier League campaign continued to look unstable.

Their deficiencies without injured captain and centre-back Vincent Kompany have been well documented, and they have now managed only one clean sheet in nine Champions League games this term.

Rabiot, who had a brief spell in the City youth set-up, made the most of non-existent marking to score at the back post after Hart parried Ibrahimovic's header into his path.

Ibrahimovic had missed a clear chance when through on goal and also headed against the crossbar in the second half.

In the second leg, Pellegrini may want to re-assess the 4-4-2 formation that saw his side press PSG high up the pitch, with left-back Gael Clichy exposed by David Silva's unfamiliarity with his position on the left of midfield.

But Pellegrini remains in a strong position to secure a Champions League semi-final - and perhaps title - for City, before being replaced by Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola in the summer.

Man of the match - Thiago Silva (PSG)

Thiago Silva and Fabian Delph
Thiago Silva (left) was easily the classiest defender, and perhaps player, on the pitch, gaining possession 10 times and making four interceptions

What they said

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini: "A very close game right to the end. The quarter-final continues to be open but this is a good result for us.

"We made a couple of important mistakes for the first goal and the second goal was offside.

"If we want to win, we cannot make those kind of mistakes. But we are trying to win the game from the first minute - it is the way we play."

What's next?

Before the return leg, Man City host West Brom in the Premier League on Saturday, the same day PSG travel to Guingamp, having already wrapped up the Ligue 1 title with six more games remaining.

The facts you need to know

  • Joe Hart is the only goalkeeper to save two penalties in the Champions League this season; he has saved each of his past three penalties in the Champions League
  • Hart has saved three of the five penalties he has faced in the Champions League since making his debut (60%), the highest percentage (min five pens) since 2011-12
  • David Luiz was booked after 12 seconds, the quickest yellow card n the Champions League this season and the fastest since 2003-04
  • No Man City player has been involved in more goals this season in all competitions than Kevin de Bruyne (26, level with Sergio Aguero)
  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic has scored in five consecutive Champions League games for the third time in his career; he also did it in February 2012 with Milan and February 2014 with PSG
  • Adrien Rabiot has scored in three of his past five Champions League games; he had not scored in his previous 12
  • Fernandinho has scored and assisted a goal in the same game for City for the second time, both coming in the Champions League this season (also against Sevilla in November 2015)
  • PSG have lost only one of their past 39 home games in European competition (W25 D13), against Barcelona in April 2015



Formation 4-3-3

  • 16Trapp
  • 19AurierSubstituted forVan der Wielat 78'minutes
  • 2Thiago Silva
  • 32David LuizBooked at 1mins
  • 17Cabelino Andrade
  • 25RabiotSubstituted forLucas Mouraat 78'minutes
  • 8Motta
  • 14MatuidiBooked at 48mins
  • 11Di María
  • 10Ibrahimovic
  • 9Cavani


  • 4Stambouli
  • 5Marquinhos
  • 7Lucas Moura
  • 20Kurzawa
  • 23Van der Wiel
  • 29Augustin
  • 30Sirigu

Man City

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Hart
  • 3Sagna
  • 30Otamendi
  • 20MangalaBooked at 83mins
  • 22ClichyBooked at 11mins
  • 6RegesBooked at 35mins
  • 25Fernandinho
  • 15NavasBooked at 85mins
  • 17De BruyneSubstituted forDelphat 77'minutes
  • 21SilvaSubstituted forBonyat 88'minutes
  • 10AgüeroSubstituted forKolarovat 90+3'minutes


  • 5Zabaleta
  • 11Kolarov
  • 13Caballero
  • 14Bony
  • 18Delph
  • 26Demichelis
  • 72Iheanacho
Milorad Mazic

Match Stats

Home TeamPSGAway TeamMan City
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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, Manchester City 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Paris Saint Germain 2, Manchester City 2.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris Saint Germain).

  4. Post update

    Nicolás Otamendi (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Aleksandar Kolarov replaces Sergio Agüero.

  6. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lucas Moura (Paris Saint Germain) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Thiago Motta.

  7. Post update

    Gregory Van der Wiel (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Fabian Delph (Manchester City).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Manchester City. Wilfried Bony replaces David Silva.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Sergio Agüero (Manchester City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jesús Navas.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain).

  12. Post update

    Fernandinho (Manchester City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  13. Booking

    Jesús Navas (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card.

  14. Post update

    Edinson Cavani (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  15. Post update

    Foul by Fernando (Manchester City).

  16. Booking

    Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  17. Post update

    Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint Germain) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City).

  19. Post update

    Offside, Manchester City. Joe Hart tries a through ball, but Sergio Agüero is caught offside.

  20. Post update

    Offside, Paris Saint Germain. Ángel Di María tries a through ball, but Edinson Cavani is caught offside.


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