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City claim share of spoils in Paris thriller

Published: Wednesday 6 April 2016, 22.36CET
Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Manchester City
Fernandinho struck 18 minutes from time as a first leg featuring a saved penalty, freak goals and no little excitement ended all-square.

Match statistics

ParisMan. City

Goals scored2
 
2
Possession (%)64
 
36
Total attempts16
 
11
on target5
 
3
off target7
 
6
blocked4
 
2
against woodwork1
 
0
Corners4
 
4
Offsides2
 
1
Yellow cards2
 
4
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed6
 
15
Fouls suffered15
 
6
Passes724
 
327
completed658
 
271

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Published: Wednesday 6 April 2016, 22.36CET

City claim share of spoils in Paris thriller

Paris Saint-Germain 2-2 Manchester City
Fernandinho struck 18 minutes from time as a first leg featuring a saved penalty, freak goals and no little excitement ended all-square.

  • Fernandinho's second-half goal gives City the edge on away goals
  • Zlatan Ibrahimović has penalty saved before scoring for fifth straight European game
  • Paris denied fifth successive UEFA Champions League victory
  • David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi to miss second leg after yellow cards
  • Second leg at City of Manchester Stadium on 12 April

Fernandinho forced in an equaliser 18 minutes from time as Manchester City's first taste of the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals delivered a night to savour.

Paris Saint-Germain enjoyed the better of proceedings but were never able to cement their dominance: Joe Hart's early penalty save from Zlatan Ibrahimović was an apt snap-shot. Ibrahimović later got on the scoresheet with a freak goal to cancel out Kevin De Bruyne's opener, then Adrien Rabiot made it 2-1. But Fernandinho's riposte ensured City have the edge.

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Joe Hart denies Zlatan from the spot

The first leg was breathless, with David Luiz's yellow card inside 14 seconds a precursor to the frenetic action that followed. Ibrahimović's 14th-minute penalty miss really lit the blue touch paper, yet even before that only good work from Frenchman Eliaquim Mangala denied Blaise Matuidi when he was put through.

Next came the penalty, Bacary Sagna adjudged to have caught Luiz. Hart, a pre-match doubt, guessed right and Ibrahimović was denied. The determination to make amends was palpable; the striker was suddenly everywhere. One header was comfortably stopped though Hart was helpless when PSG's No10 curled narrowly over soon after.

Hart reflects on 'crazy game'

De Bruyne soon delivered a sucker punch, however, finishing off a flowing counter after Matuidi was robbed in possession, but there was no refusing Ibrahimović. When Hart rolled a kick out to Fernando on the edge of the area, the Brazilian was seemingly unaware of the lurking threat, with his unsighted pass cannoning off the Swede and into the net.

There was no let-up after the break and Rabiot, once on City's books, completed the comeback with a tap-in before the hour. Still Paris came, Ibrahimović looping a header onto the bar, and for a while City were just about holding on. Fernandinho was the key for the visitors, though, and proved as formidable in attack as in defence when he forced in a scrappy goal to reward a battling display.

Analysis from Chris Burke at the Parc des Princes

Key player: Fernandinho
A harrying presence in midfield, the Brazilian international was already catching the eye before his contribution to City's opener, when he carried the ball upfield and waited for the perfect moment to release De Bruyne. Whereas fellow anchor Fernando struggled, Fernandinho brought the Premier League side level on 72 minutes, sniffing the chance to latch onto a loose ball in the box.

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Ibrahimović leaves his mark ... eventually
Having scored four times against Hart when Sweden beat England 4-2 in November 2012, Ibrahimović was hoping to cause the fit-again City goalkeeper more pain. It was Hart, though, who struck the early blow in their duel with his penalty stop before Ibrahimović nodded straight at him and fired over when clean through. However, the big Swede was not to be denied a fifth consecutive UEFA Champions League outing with a goal, even if his strike was one of the more bizarre from his collection.

David Luiz disappointed

Carelessness costs both teams
After a blistering start, City settled into an impressive game plan at the Parc des Princes, with their disciplined midfield keeping Paris at bay and eyeing opportunities to zip forward on the counter. That mature approach brought the visitors their breakthrough, but three minutes later the match was level, Fernando caught napping. As slips go, it could hardly have been more costly – but Paris returned the favour with some lax defending for Fernandinho's equaliser. It leaves this tie beautifully poised.

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Last updated: 07/04/16 11.47CET

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Lineups

paris

Paris

man. city

Man. City

16
TrappKevin Trapp (GK)
1
HartJoe Hart (GK) (C)
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
6
FernandoFernando
Yellow Card36
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Substitution90+3
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
Penalty14
Goal41
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
Yellow Card85
11
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
17
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Goal38
Substitution77
14
MatuidiBlaise Matuidi
Yellow Card48
20
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
Yellow Card83
17
MaxwellMaxwell
21
David SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution88
19
AurierSerge Aurier
Substitution78
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
Yellow Card11
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot
Goal59
Substitution78
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
Goal72
32
David LuizDavid Luiz
Yellow Card1
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi

Substitutes

30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
4
StambouliBenjamin Stambouli
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
Substitution90+3
7
LucasLucas
Substitution78
14
BonyWilfried Bony
Substitution88
20
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
18
DelphFabian Delph
Substitution77
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Substitution78
26
DemichelisMartín Demichelis
29
AugustinJean-Kévin Augustin
72
IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho

Coach

Laurent Blanc (FRA) Manuel Pellegrini (CHI)

Referee

Milorad Mažić (SRB)

Assistant referees

Milovan Ristić (SRB), Dalibor Djurdjević (SRB)

Fourth official

Nemanja Petrović (SRB)

Additional assistant referees

Danilo Grujić (SRB), Nenad Djokić (SRB)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed Cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution