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De Bruyne takes City through at Paris' expense

Published: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 22.39CET
Manchester City 1-0 Paris (agg: 3-2)
Kevin De Bruyne's fine 76th-minute shot took City into the semi-finals for the first time despite Sergio Agüero missing a first-half penalty.

Match statistics

Man. CityParis

Goals scored1
 
0
Possession (%)38
 
62
Total attempts11
 
6
on target1
 
5
off target8
 
0
blocked2
 
1
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners6
 
5
Offsides2
 
4
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed18
 
13
Fouls suffered13
 
17
Passes343
 
681
completed289
 
607

Standings

 
Published: Tuesday 12 April 2016, 22.39CET

De Bruyne takes City through at Paris' expense

Manchester City 1-0 Paris (agg: 3-2)
Kevin De Bruyne's fine 76th-minute shot took City into the semi-finals for the first time despite Sergio Agüero missing a first-half penalty.

  • Manchester City reach semi-finals for first time by edging past Paris in tight contest
  • Sergio Agüero puts wide 30th-minute penalty after being fouled by Kevin Trapp
  • Kevin De Bruyne's fine shot makes decisive breakthrough (76)
  • Paris lose in quarter-finals for fourth year in row
  • Semi-final draw on Friday at 11.30CET, streamed live on UEFA.com

Manchester City are into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals for the first time after Kevin De Bruyne's fine curving shot ended the challenge of Paris in the last eight for the fourth year running.

City started as if keen to build on the away-goals edge given them by last week's 2-2 draw in Paris, pressing back their visitors. Paris, however, held their nerve and from their first attack Edinson Cavani nearly got onto Ángel Di María's through ball. Zlatan Ibrahimović then tested Joe Hart with a 30-metre free-kick, the City goalkeeper tipping over at full stretch.

De Bruyne: 'Great feeling' to score

On the half-hour, though, City passed up a golden opportunity to take a firm grip on the tie after Sergio Agüero was felled by Kevin Trapp. The Argentinian picked himself up to take the kick himself – only to put it a metre wide of the left-hand post.

With Paris struggling to muster much by way of attacking threat, City almost capitalised on some casual defending before the interval, Jesús Navas seizing on Serge Aurier's loose pass but curling narrowly wide from the edge of the area.

The second half began in similar vein to the first, Hart diving to his right to keep out another stinging Ibrahimović free-kick before the goalkeeper clawed out Thiago Silva's downward header from a corner.

Paris were largely struggling to create clear chances, however, and paid the price with 14 minutes remaining. City worked the ball from left to right and back again, and Fernando's square pass gave De Bruyne the opportunity to sidestep into space and arc a perfect shot beyond Trapp from the edge of the box.

The visitors might have responded immediately as Cavani raced clear but Hart spread himself well and blocked the strike. And with that, Paris's last hope had gone – and the City celebrations could start in earnest.

Analysis from Paul Saffer at the City of Manchester Stadium

Hart: De Bruyne quality decided tie

City spirit trumps Paris tactics
Laurent Blanc deployed an ambitious 3-4-3 with goals a necessity, yet an attack usually so prolific found itself thwarted not so much by top-class defending as by a determination on City's part not to allow their away-goals advantage to slip. As last week, Paris had the better of things in midfield despite Blaise Matuidi's suspension and then Thiago Motta's first-half injury, but as they say in England, every City player 'put in a shift' and it was perhaps after their most difficult spell that De Bruyne struck.

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Thiago Silva applauds the Paris fans

Can you play each other every week?
Though it might not have been the prettiest football, or the most accomplished, these clubs served up two thrilling ties, mistakes and all. With key defenders missing on both sides, the emphasis was on attack – and the accompanying high tempo was what forced the errors. Perhaps the extra pressure of the teams both wanting to prove their place among the European elite told, but that is not to say there were not cool heads like De Bruyne and Thiago Silva.

Key player: Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)
His recent injury lay-off may have cost City a run at the Premier League title; his return has helped take them into the UEFA Champions League semi-finals. Few attacks did not go through the Belgium playmaker and just like last week his magnificent finish broke the deadlock. This time, though, there was no time for Paris to recover.

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Last updated: 13/04/16 18.35CET

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Lineups

man. city

Man. City

paris

Paris

1
HartJoe Hart (GK) (C)
16
TrappKevin Trapp (GK)
Yellow Card29
3
SagnaBacary Sagna
2
Thiago SilvaThiago Silva (C)
6
FernandoFernando
5
MarquinhosMarquinhos
10
AgüeroSergio Agüero
Penalty30
Substitution90+3
8
Thiago MottaThiago Motta
Substitution44
15
Jesús NavasJesús Navas
9
CavaniEdinson Cavani
17
De BruyneKevin De Bruyne
Goal76
Substitution84
10
IbrahimovićZlatan Ibrahimović
20
MangalaEliaquim Mangala
11
Di MaríaÁngel Di María
21
David SilvaDavid Silva
Substitution87
17
MaxwellMaxwell
22
ClichyGaël Clichy
19
AurierSerge Aurier
Substitution61
25
FernandinhoFernandinho
Yellow Card72
23
Van der WielGregory van der Wiel
Yellow Card68
30
OtamendiNicolás Otamendi
25
RabiotAdrien Rabiot

Substitutes

13
CaballeroWilly Caballero (GK)
30
SiriguSalvatore Sirigu (GK)
5
ZabaletaPablo Zabaleta
3
KimpembePresnel Kimpembe
11
KolarovAleksandar Kolarov
4
StambouliBenjamin Stambouli
14
BonyWilfried Bony
7
LucasLucas
Substitution44
18
DelphFabian Delph
Substitution87
20
KurzawaLayvin Kurzawa
42
TouréYaya Touré
Substitution84
27
PastoreJavier Pastore
Substitution61
Yellow Card67
72
IheanachoKelechi Iheanacho
Substitution90+3
35
OngendaHervin Ongenda

Coach

Manuel Pellegrini (CHI) Laurent Blanc (FRA)

Referee

Carlos Velasco Carballo (ESP)

Assistant referees

Roberto Alonso (ESP), Juan Yuste (ESP)

Fourth official

Raúl Cabanero (ESP)

Additional assistant referees

Jesús Gil Manzano (ESP), Carlos Del Cerro (ESP)

Legend:

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