Yet ahead of the score thanks to an opener from Marquinhos after a quarter of an hour, PSG collapsed and ended up losing 2-1 to Manchester City on Wednesday night during the half. Champions League first leg final. Excluded after the two English goals, Idrissa Gueye will miss the return match (to be followed in exculsive mode on RMC Sport 1).
The beautiful evening has turned into a disaster scenario. After leading 1-0, Paris Saint-Germain ended up outnumbered and finally lost their Champions League semi-final 2-1 against Manchester City on Wednesday night in a Parc des Princes beautifully decorated by Parisian supporters . The capital club still has the return match at the Etihad Stadium next Tuesday to try to get a second consecutive final. But the task promises to be tough, especially because of these two away goals scored by the opponent.
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Everything changed in seven minutes, when Manchester City clearly took control. The evening turned sour from the 64th minute, with an excellent cross kicked by De Bruyne … who finished at the back of the net without being cut by anyone (1-1). Usually flawless in the cages, Navas this time caught a wait-and-see attitude and got caught up in this action which is a classic of the English team and the Belgian playmaker (elected man of the match). Then on a free kick in the 71st minute, Mahrez, child of Sarcelles, split the Parisian wall to double the bet and give the advantage to Mancuniens (1-2).
The black period of PSG has actually extended, with a direct red card sent shortly after to Gueye (77th). The Senegalese international, who had returned to a good level, was logically excluded for a murderous tackle on Gündogan. Paris will therefore have to do without him on the way back.
The first period was good
Paris Saint-Germain had entered their game very well. He quickly remembered the capital importance of Marquinhos. Returning from injury after missing the return against Bayern, the Brazilian captain slipped on a corner to open the scoring with a header (15th, 1-0). He was already the one who showed the way to the final by scoring the first of three goals against Leipzig. At the helm both times: Di Maria, who joined Safet Susic at the top of the ranking of the best decisive assistants in the history of the club (103).
Faced with an opponent devouring space and addicted to ball possession, Pochettino was able to reuse several ingredients from his recipe used in the previous round. Thanks to good defensive discipline, Paris was able to dominate the first period. Verratti has shown it. He also returned from the infirmary, the Italian midfielder was able to leave his position of advanced playmaker to fall back to the left side and help Bakker, the great surprise of the starting XI. From then on, the Mancuniens had difficulties to recite their score of leader of the championship of England. And when the lock was about to pop, Marquinhos, Paredes and Navas had long been able to prevent the equalizer.
Neymar and Mbappé have disappeared
But after half-time, Paris was unable to restart the machine, even if Verratti did not go far from making a break which might have killed the match (56th). Manchester City eventually managed to confiscate the ball, as Guardiola had requested before the game. In front, Neymar and Mbappé, restless in the first period, disappeared from the radar and ended up making bad choices on their rare possibilities. PSG then became again this second in Ligue 1 who has so much trouble at the Parc des Princes, where he failed to win against Bayern Munich, nor FC Barcelona.
For the first time since arriving in Manchester in 2016, Guardiola has the chance to make it to the final. This is actually what he has been looking for since 2011, the date of his second coronation with Barça. But his men will first have to confirm their victory. However, PSG have often demonstrated their excellent ability to react with their backs to the wall.