With the help of Idriss Gueye’s opener and Lionel Messi’s magical first goal for PSG, the host were able to triumph over Man City and thereby going to the top of the group.
Messi super goal seal the victory for PSG over Manchester City on Tuesday
Messi was unable to score for the Paris side in his first three PSG appearances but however marked his to PSG team with an terrorizing run and fantastic finish in 16 minutes from time.
Before then, Idrissa Gueye had given PSG the lead in eighth minute with a brilliant a goal, a goal city would have leveled when Bernardo Silva saw his effort hit the bar from the three yards. Both in first half.
Right after then, Raheem Sterling’s header also brushed of the woodwork, and unfortunately, their hope of equalizing died off when Lionel Messi provide a late moment of magic.
This victory has moved the Parisian side to the top of group a, while city dropped to third behind Club Brugge..
PSG vs Man City: First half review
As all on eye were on PSG fantastic front three of Messi, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, it was however surprised to spectators when saw Gueye gave the host a lead in the eight minute.
Although, the formidable front played their role well towards providing the opener.
It started with Messi who found Achraf Hakimi then released Mbappe to the byline from where his cut back met Neymar who fluff a short from 12 yards and inadvertently, directed the ball to Gueye, who the produced a clinical finish.
The goal against city extended the defensive midfielder goal to four in his last six matches.
The goal would have been cancelled at instant by city as Kevin de Bruyne’s stabbed cross found Sterling, who planted a header against the bar before Bernado turned the rebound onto the frame of the PSG goal when it looked quite easy to score.
Soon after, Donnarumma did his best to keep out Kevin De Bruyne near post drive shot.
PSG came close to add to their goals in the 38 minutes when Ander Hererra powerful shot was punched over by Ederson and from the resulting corner, Mbappe paced into the area and drilled a cheeky ball across the face of goal which none of his PSG team mates had gambled to get on the end of.
De Bruyne was so lucky to be shown yellow card instead of red for a high lunge on Gueye before Donnarumma on his first game for PSG continue to flourish in post.
Donarruma made an excellent save to prevent Ruben Dias powerful head from scoring at the end time of the second.
PSG vs Man City: Second half review
Sterling should have provided the leveler for the citizen two minutes into the second unfortunately, his shot was shoot too wide off the post.
De Bruyne then stroke the legs of Donnarmma as City’s continue to look for leveler.
Man City in the second half took control of the game and forced the host in to defense.
However, host made a terrible attack as Hakimi’s pass released Neymar past a strong defensive line, but the pace of Kyle Walker unstable the Brazilian thereby shooting into the side of the net.
It proved to be a precursor for what was to follow as Lionel Messi rolled back the years with a terrorizing run through midfield, and played a one time touch with Mbappe on the edge of the 18 box area and then thundered in the unstoppable first goal for PSG into the top right corner of the City goal.
City peppered the goal in search of a late consolidating goal but Donnarumma excellence and a very strong PSG defense side stood firm thereby preventing the visitor to find the back of the net.
PSG vs Man City: Manager’s post match commentary
Man City head coach, Pep Guardiola speaking to BT sport:
“It was a good performance, we did everything, but we couldn’t score. We defended well, they defended deep and, with the quality they have, they were always dangerous on the counter attack. We controlled them and unfortunately, we could not score. Nothing more to say other than my biggest compliments to the team.”
“All the time (we were in control)”. Sometimes you win, sometimes, you lose. In this kind of game the (clinical) moments are important, of course. It’s not just the ones (Sterling and Bernado Silva’s) in the first half, in the second half we had many, Donnarumma made many saves.
“But the team was there like they were at Stamford Bridge, the team is alive. We played to win but unfortunately, we didn’t manage to score goals and they did. Messi’s goal was fantastic.”
“Now we are going to eat well tonight, we are going to drink a glass of wine, recover and then prepare for the game (at Liverpool) on Sunday”
Paris manager, Mauricio Pochetinno:
“Usually I don’t celebrate goals, but today I did. Ive spent 20 years watching him score goals from the other side of the opposite pavement and it’s the first time he scores for a team I mange so I had to celebrate.”
“You need this type of performance and players like him need to feel the back of the net” he needs to create links within the team after 20 years in Barcelona. He’s feeling different things, there’s a lot new feelings for him”
“First goal in our side, now that we are in the same side I enjoyed a lot and so happy to be here enjoying Leo’s first goal.” He is a top class, I know I’m not saying anything new but I think with time he still has room to improve a lot”
“I think the team put in a good performance. We were able to take the pressure during the difficult periods of the game, against a very good Manchester city side. We were able to play, to attack when it was needed.”
“Team are built over time, these kinds of matches help do that. We’re trying to grow, to build something”
“We have a very positive squad that knows what it needs to do. It was a great match from our players, they have to be congratulated. It was a great collective effort. Of course, there are things to improve.”