Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez were on target as Man City pulled off a brilliant second-half comeback to take control of their Champions League semi-final tie against Paris Saint-Germain with a 2-1 win in the first leg.
Marquinhos had given Paris Saint-Germain a deserved first-half lead but defensive lapses allowed Kevin De Bruyne and Riyad Mahrez to grab a 2-1 win and vital away goals in their Champions League semi-final first leg, before Idrissa Gueye was sent off late on.
Mauricio Pochettino, who knocked Pep Guardiola’s Man City out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals with Tottenham in 2019, seemed to be on track to do so again in the first half, when Marquinhos gave PSG a justified lead and Kylian Mbappe and Neymar caused all kinds of problems.
After De Bruyne’s cross crawled past Keylor Navas, Mahrez’s free-kick soared through the PSG wall and into the net to give City a 2-0 lead against last season’s finalists.
PSG’s defensive mistakes had aided City’s comeback, and former Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye made it even more difficult for his teammates when his rash challenge on Ilkay Gundogan won him a direct red card and a ban for Tuesday’s second leg at the Etihad.
But it was all smiles for City, who are in their second-ever Champions League semi-final and are well poised at the halfway stage of their quest to win the major trophy missing from their trophy cabinet, with English teams advancing on each of the 47 times they have won away from home in the knockout phase of this competition and the European Cup.
PSG: Navas (5), Florenzi (6), Marquinhos (7), Kimpembe (5), Bakker (6), Gueye (4), Paredes (6), Di Maria (8), Verratti (6), Neymar (7), Mbappe (7)
Subs: Pereira (n/a), Herrera (6),
Man City: Ederson (7), Walker (7), Stones (6), Dias (6), Cancelo (6), Rodri (7), Gundogan (6), De Bruyne (8), Mahrez (8), Bernardo (7), Foden (6)
Subs: Zinchenko (6)
Man of the match: Riyad Mahrez (Manchester City)