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

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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.

However the lead lasted little greater than 10 minutes as Metropolis equalized via Raheem Sterling’s poked shot from shut vary — simply reward for Metropolis, 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 in opposition to Membership Brugge within the group’s different sport implies that each PSG and Metropolis undergo to the knockout phases.

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 finest sides in opposition to one another, each of whom reached the ultimate of the competitors previously two seasons — got here to life within the second half after Metropolis had managed the primary 45 minutes.

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

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

PSG had few probabilities and was suffocated by Metropolis’s passing and excessive press, however with Messi, Mbappe and Neymar in assault, a breakaway purpose at all times appeared a chance.

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

Mbappe scores PSG's only goal of the night.

Man Metropolis continued to assault the PSG purpose and hit again via Sterling after Kyle Walker’s cross went previous Jesus and located the England ahead on the again publish.

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

It proved a expensive miss, as moments later Metropolis took the lead via Jesus’ purpose, handing his facet a deserved victory.

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

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

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

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

“We can not speak about 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 will not be my enterprise, will not be my downside,” he advised reporters forward of the sport.

“I have to be targeted on Paris Saint-Germain. I am not going to make the error to speak … I’m so completely happy at Paris Saint-Germain and I’m targeted on making an attempt to present my finest like I am doing.”

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